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Heritage Days
October 2006

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Heritage Days celebrates new scholarly resource

Food and wine, a special guest and a gift—what better way to celebrate St. Norbert College's birthday this month? Heritage Days is the community's chance to mark the 108-year history of the institution.

  • A wine and cheese reception Oct. 9 celebrates the opening of a new Center for Norbertine Studies at the College.
  • A foremost scholar on the Premonstratensians presents a symposium Oct. 10.
  • And a special gift will be shown for the first time at a Bush Arts Center exhibit Oct. 9-20.

Bush Art Center exhibit

The rare book exhibit is the inaugural event for the new center, which is designed to bring together in one place a rich collection of documents and artifacts related to the life of St. Norbert and the Norbertine order. It will serve as a resource for the campus community, as well as for scholars throughout the world.

On display in the Godschalx Gallery will be different editions of "The Confessions of St. Augustine," including some in the original Latin. The books were donated by William M. Klimon, a good friend of the director of the Center for Norbertine Studies, William Hyland (Humanities).

"St. Norbert used the rule of St. Augustine as a foundation for the order, and 'The Confessions' is considered one of the classics of Western literature," Hyland said.

Klimon's entire collection of books on St. Augustine, which numbers more than 75 volumes, will eventually become part of the holdings of the center. Monday's reception, held from 3-5 p.m. in the Bush Art Center, will provide an opportunity to express the College's gratitude. The event is free and open to the public.

Symposium on St. Augustine

"Augustine, the Canonical Tradition and the Liberal Arts" is the title of the Oct. 10 symposium presented by Carol Neel, professor of history at Colorado College.

Neel is internationally recognized as one of the foremost scholars on the early Premonstratensians, and has done much to illuminate the early history and spirituality of the Norbertines and their place in the world of 12th-century Europe.

The event begins at 7 p.m. in Old St. Joseph Church and a reception will follow in the gathering space. It is co-sponsored by the Center for Norbertine Studies, the Killeen Chair Lecture Series and the Office of Mission and Heritage.

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