NU Professors Engage Students In Literature Discussion At Lewiston Coffee House
Niagara University faculty members continuously strive to intellectually engage students in a variety of unique ways. That philosophy was evidenced yet again earlier this month when students from Dr. Robert St. Hilaire’s course on Christian Visions of the Human Person (two sections, one of them Honors) met with professors at the Orange Cat Coffee Co. in Lewiston for an evening discussion on the topic of “Eros,” or romantic love.
“It is kind of an unwritten rule among the faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences that we want to increase the intellectual curiosity of our students and often the opportunities to achieve such a goal do not occur in the classroom,” noted Dr. Tim Ireland, dean of the college.
The event was deliberately modeled after Plato’s famous dialogue on Eros of the same name (and which was a required text in Dr. St. Hilaire’s course). Brief speeches on love were presented by Drs. Amelia Gallagher, Sharon Watkinson, Esteban Mayorga and Joe Little, all NU professors, while Dr. St. Hilaire moderated.