Benedictine College Announces 2014 Commencement Speaker

Helen Alvare to Deliver Keynote Address in May

  • Monday, October 21, 2013

Benedictine College has announced that Helen Alvaré,  noted speaker on women and the family for the Vatican, will give the keynote address for the 2014 Commencement Exercises, set for May 17, 2014, at 10:00 a.m. in the Ralph Nolan Gymnasium on the college campus.  She cooperates with the Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See to the United Nations as a speaker and a delegate to various United Nations conferences concerning women and the family.  She publishes on matters concerning marriage, parenting, non-marital households, abortion and the First Amendment religion clauses.

Alvaré is a Professor of Law at George Mason University School of Law, where she teaches Family Law, Law and Religion, and Property Law. She is faculty advisor to the GMU law school’s Civil Rights Law Journal, chair of the Task Force on Conscience Protection of the Witherspoon Institute (Princeton, New Jersey), president of the Chiaroscuro Institute (New York, New York), chair of the Catholic Women’s Forum, a consultor for the Pontifical Council of the Laity (Vatican City), an advisor to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (Washington, D.C.), and an ABC news consultant.

 

In addition to her publications in law reviews and other academic journals, she publishes regularly at www.thepublicdiscourse.com, and in news outlets including the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Huffington Post, theWeekly Standard, and the Washington Examiner.  She also speaks at academic and professional conferences in the United States, Europe, Latin America and Australia.

Prior to joining the faculty of George Mason University, Alvaré taught at the Columbus School of Law at the Catholic University of America; represented the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops before legislative bodies, academic audiences and the media; and was a litigation attorney for the Philadelphia law firm of Stradley, Ronon, Stevens & Young.  She received her law degree from Cornell University School of Law and her master’s degree in Systematic Theology from the Catholic University of America.

 

Founded in 1858, Benedictine College is a Catholic, Benedictine, residential, liberal arts college located on the bluffs above the Missouri River in Atchison, Kansas.  The school is proud to have been named one of America’s Best Colleges by U.S. News & World Report as well as one of the top Catholic colleges in the nation by First Things magazine and the Newman Guide.  It prides itself on outstanding academics, extraordinary faith life, strong athletic programs, and an exceptional sense of community and belonging.  It has a mission to educate men and women within a community of faith and scholarship.