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Dean Edits Historical Lecture for Publication

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Posted: Wednesday Apr 24, 2013

April 24, 2013

History and Relevance by Howard Mumford Jones (1892-1980), the 22nd lecture of the Wimmer Memorial Lecture Series given at Saint Vincent in 1969, was recently edited by Fr. Rene Kollar, O.S.B., professor of history and dean of the Saint Vincent College School of Humanities and Fine Arts.

The book had been previously published in 1969, and Wipf & Stock has reprinted the new edition with an introduction by Susan Mitchell Sommers, professor of history at Saint Vincent.

Jones, drawing attention to the turbulent decade of the 1960s, stressed the importance of the study of history. “History teaches a valuable lesson,” Fr. Rene commented. “Only by patience and reflection ‘do we amid a thousand blunders slowly improve the lot of man. And to the study of man in this large sense, the humanities and history must remain forever committed.”

To celebrate the centenary of the founding of Saint Vincent Archabbey and College in 1846, an annual lecture series was established to honor the memory of Archabbot Boniface Wimmer, founder of Saint Vincent. The final lecture was given in 1970.

A number of the lectures have already been published by the Archabbey Press and several of these have been edited and reprinted with introductions supplied by members of the Saint Vincent College faculty: Jacques Maritain, Man’s Approach to God (1951); Christopher Dawson, The Movement Towards Christian Unity in the Nineteenth Century (1960); and John Tracy Ellis, A Commitment to the Truth (1965). It is the goal to publish the entire Wimmer Memorial Lecture Series.

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Photo: Cover of History and Relevance edited by Fr. Rene Kollar, O.S.B. 

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