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Kunkel to Speak on Norbert of Xanten

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From St. Norbert College, March 22, 2021
by Mike Counter,, 920-403-3089

Thomas Kunkel, president emeritus of St. Norbert College, will speak about “Norbert of Xanten: The Enduring Relevance of a 950-Year-Old Peacemaker,” on Thursday, April 8, at 7 p.m. in Walter Theatre. The event is free and open to the public virtually. To register, go to A limited number of St. Norbert College community members can reserve in-person tickets for free by going to

Kunkel spent much of his early career in the newspaper industry, and from 1997 to 2000 he served as editor and director of the Project on the State of the American Newspaper. From 2000 to 2008, Kunkel was dean of the Philip Merrill College of Journalism and president of the American Journalism Review at the University of Maryland. He took the helm at St. Norbert College in 2008, leading the Catholic, Norbertine, liberal arts college until his retirement in 2017.

Kunkel has authored or edited seven books, including “Enormous Prayers: A Journey into the Priesthood” (1998), “Genius in Disguise: Harold Ross of The New Yorker” (1995) and “Man in Profile: Joseph Mitchell of The New Yorker” (2015). His most recent book, “Man on Fire: The Life and Spirit of Norbert of Xanten,” was published in 2019.

Kunkel’s lecture is sponsored by the Norman and Louis Miller Lecture in Public Understanding at St. Norbert College.

The Miller Lecture promotes “unity, communication and tolerance among different cultures, religions, ethnicities and traditions.” As Kunkel notes, “that is a good definition of what Norbert was trying to do in his time, and we need those kinds of outreach and peacemaking more than ever today.”

For more information on the Norman Miller Center, go to

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