Kerlin Memorial Lecture 2021

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12th Annual Michael J. Kerlin Memorial Lecture 

"Moon Phase: Adam Smith and Eric Voegelin on Luxury"

April 7, 2021

2-3:30 pm

Featured guest speaker: Graham McAleer, Ph.D.
Professor of Philosophy
Loyola University Maryland

A Zoom link for this event will be sent to registered guests on the morning of April 7.

About Graham McAleer, Ph.D.

Recognized by peer faculty for his ability to engage students (and known by his students for his spiffy socks and vintage shirts), Dr. Graham McAleer has been teaching philosophy at Loyola for almost 20 years. Dr. McAleer, who was named the Harry W. Rodgers III Distinguished Teacher of the Year in 2014, specializes in making philosophy accessible to students by using concrete, contemporary examples from the Wall Street Journal or the New York Times and helping them see how the topic of the class relates. In fact, one of his most popular courses was called The Morals and Politics of the Lord of the Rings. Dr. McAleer born in England to Scottish parents and received his B.A. from University College London, his M.A. from University of Alberta, and his Doctor of Philosophy from Catholic University of Louvain. He also served as a visiting professor of Medieval Philosophy at Catholic University of Louvain from 1999 to 2001 and spent two years running Loyola’s study abroad program in Leuven, Belgium.

About Michael J. Kerlin, Ph.D.


Michael J. Kerlin was a beloved former professor of philosophy at La Salle and chaired the philosophy department for twenty-seven years. Mike was born and raised in an Irish immigrant family in Southwest Philadelphia. After his studies at West Catholic, then staffed by the Brothers of the Christian School, Mike came to La Salle where he intended to become a Brother, continuing his philosophical studies in Germany and Rome. After meeting his future wife, Mary Ann, Mike returned to La Salle as a lay professor in philosophy where he mentored many students and junior faculty. Mike was known for his warm personality, his dry sense of humor, his unpretentiousness and, a true Irishman, his gift of being able to talk at length on any subject without tiring or boring in the least his rapt listeners! He is sorely missed in the department.

The Michael J. Kerlin Memorial Lecture was established following his death in 2007.




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