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Bro. Robert J. Sullivan, C.F.X. Lecture Series

Presented by the center for mission and research

The Brother Robert J. Sullivan, C.F.X. Lecture Series brings innovators and leaders to St. John’s to explore how an ethics-based education can shape decision-making in the real world. Watch this video to learn more about Brother Sullivan, the educator, and the creation of this speaker series.  

Vijay Gupta, Violinist and Social Justice Advocate
Kennealy Commons, Brother Edward Keefe, C.F.X. Academic Center, St. John's Prep

The Brother Sullivan Lecture Series event with Vijay Gupta scheduled for April 1, 2020 has been postponed. As a school, we will be monitoring information about COVID-19 as it is shared by health officials and will continue our programming as soon as possible. Thank you in advance for your understanding. We will announce a new date once scheduled. All pre-registered guests will not have to re-register. If you would like to request a refund, please contact the advancement office at 978-774-6727.

Vijay GuptaVijay Gupta is a violinist and social justice advocate. An esteemed performer, communicator, and citizen-artist, Gupta is a leading advocate for the role of the arts and music to heal, inspire, provoke change, and foster social connection. Gupta is the founder and Artistic Director of Street Symphony, a non-profit organization providing musical engagement, dialogue and teaching artistry for homeless and incarcerated communities in Los Angeles. Recognized for his “dedication to bringing beauty, respite, and purpose to those all too often ignored by society while demonstrating the capacity of music to validate our shared humanity”, Vijay Gupta is a 2018 John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Fellow.

About Brother Sullivan 

"Brother Robert Sullivan, C.F.X. is one who is noted by many former students. As dean of students in the early 1960s and a member of the faculty in the 1970s and 1980s, Brother Sullivan was 'captivating and inspirational.' Undoubtedly, he possessed a style all his own and was particularly adept at reaching his students with a direct gesture, a steady glare and a reserved authority which was understood by all. A man with an accomplished 

academic record, Brother Sullivan had a special intuition and knowledge that transcended ethics, philosophy, psychology, and physics. His style was intimidating at times, but it allowed him to reach us, to encourage us and more importantly, to add to our own God-given ability, 'a sense of excellence'." –Rod MacLellan '76

The Brother Robert J. Sullivan, C.F.X. Endowment Fund was established to support a lecture series that brings distinguished scholars and speakers to St. John's each year. The expansion of the program includes opportunities for students to meet and engage with academics and leaders in fields that reflect Brother Sullivan's wide-ranging interests. Click here to learn more about our most recent speakers. 
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