Lifelong Learning Connection

A series of online presentations featuring familiar and rising new St. Kate's faculty members, and other special guests.


  • about the lifelong learning connection

    Rediscover the Intellectual Life of St. Kate's

    Alumnae, do you miss the intellectual life of St. Kate’s, delving into new ideas with your classmates and favorite professors? Rediscover it through St. Kate’s: Your Lifelong Learning Connection, a series of online presentations featuring St. Kate's faculty and other special guests.

    Each program is one hour, with 30-40 minutes of presentation followed by a period of questions and answers. Because these events are by phone and/or online, you can participate wherever you happen to be!

    This program is developed by the Lifelong Learning Committee of the Alumnae Council. This online venture delivers interesting and engaging University programs in a new format, available to our graduates no matter where they live.

    The 2016-17 series is complete, and more programs are in the works for the upcoming year. At your convenience, view video from any of the 2016-17 programs below.


  • amy hamlin

    What's mission got to do with it? A Liberal Arts Perspective on the Needs of our Time

    Since the beginning of the Great Recession of 2008, liberal arts education has faced yet another wave of uncertainty and crisis. Pundits and politicians perpetuate the narrative of the uselessness of a liberal arts degree in a cynical bid to pander to their constituents. We need better narratives to change the conversation. Testimony and data demonstrate that the liberal arts are now more valuable and relevant than ever. How will St. Catherine University be a leader in changing the conversation about liberal arts education in the 21st century?

    Amy Hamlin is the Alberta Huber, CSJ, Endowed Chair in the Liberal Arts and Associate Professor of Art History. As a scholar and an educator, she brings her disciplinary lens and pedagogical practices to her Mission work in cultivating the liberal arts at St. Catherine University.


  • kate barrett

    What's mission got to do with it? A Catholic Social Teaching Perspective on the Needs of our Time

    Since the 1970s, Catholic colleges and universities have been integrating Catholic Social Teaching (CST) into the academic setting. Here at St. Kate’s, we have a tradition of infusing CST into our curriculum and co-curricular activities as an expression of our Catholic identity. CST is used to understand and engage in justice topics such immigration, environment, gender, and human rights so that our faculty, staff, students, and alum are learning to work for the common good in whatever they do. Come and explore ways in which CST continues to be relevant in how we, at St. Kate’s, address the needs of the time.

    Kate Barrett is the Harry Flynn Endowed Chair in Catholic Identity and the Director of the Myser Initiative in Catholic Identity. She is an associate professor in Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy. Social justice is a running theme through her scholarship, service, and teaching.

    Missed Professor Barrett's presentation? View it now!


  • allison adrian

    What's mission got to do with it? Women's Education Responding to the Needs of our Time

    Women’s education at St. Kate’s has maintained its dedication, since its founding and into the present day, to go against the grain in order to create a more just society. Surveys of college graduates indicate that alumnae from women-centered institutions are more likely to believe their experience in higher education helped them see themselves as people who speak up and speak out, who relate to people of different backgrounds, and who have developed moral principles that guide their actions. How will we continue our work as innovators in women’s education to meet the needs of the 21st century?

    Allison Adrian is an associate professor in the Department of Music and Theater, specializing in ethnomusicology and women's studies. She is thrilled to serve as the first Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet Endowed Chair in Women's Education. She teaches courses such as World Music and Women and Music, and edited a recently published book titled Voicing Girlhood in Popular Music. She has returned to St. Kate's from a sabbatical in Ecuador from 2015–2016, where she researched indigenous music in the Andes mountains as a Fulbright Scholar.


  • becky roloff '76

    Our mission inspires the future of St. Catherine University.

    President Rebecca Koenig Roloff '76, MBA, wraps up the 2016-17 series.


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