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Kerry Cronin Final Speaker in Student Affairs Series Feb. 13

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Posted: Friday Feb 7, 2014

Feb. 7, 2014

Kerry Cronin, a professor at Boston College and the director of the Lonergan Institute, will be the third and final presentation in the Saint Vincent College Office of Student Affairs LEARN Speakers Series at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13 in the Fred M. Rogers Center on the campus of Saint Vincent. Admission is free and open to the public.

Cronin has become known at Boston College as the “dating doctor,” because of a talk she developed on dating and relationships. She offers students a specific script for dating. Trained as a philosopher, she is writing a doctoral dissertation on moral reasoning in higher education. She is associate director of the college’s Lonergan Center, a fellow at Boston College’s Center for Student Formation and a teacher in the Perspectives Program, an interdisciplinary program in the natural sciences and the humanities.

She is best known for her discussions on the "hook-up" culture prevalent on college campuses.

She began her work seven years ago while discussing the topic of the "hook-up culture" with seven exiting Boston College Seniors, according to an article in the Assumption College newspaper, Le Provocateur. When Cronin inquired about their anxieties about leaving girlfriends and boyfriends as they move into the real world, the students made it clear that dating was not a part of their lives. After this experience, Cronin turned her attention to the topic of dating, or lack thereof, on college campuses.

Cronin emphasizes the importance of genuine dating on college campuses and the rejection of the "hook-up script" that many students fall into. In order to encourage this, she urges her students to date with her popular "dating assignment" which requires students to ask someone out on a date. While this assignment was previously included in a one-credit course, the assignment remains in the form of an extra-credit project in her Perspectives courses.

Further information is available by contacting the Office of Students Affairs, 724-805-2564.

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Photo: Kerry Cronin

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