As part of Alpha Sigma Nu (ASN) Week, two public lectures will be held at Spring Hill College, sponsored by the college’s Alpha Sigma Nu chapter, the honor society of Jesuit institutions of higher education. ASN Week, which begins with Mass on Sunday, March 5 and continues to Friday, March 10, celebrates Spring Hill College’s Jesuit identity, mission and heritage. College president Christopher Puto, PhD, will be featured as the speaker for the popular “Last Lecture” and internationally-acclaimed Jesuit photographer the Rev. Donald Doll, SJ, will present the 2017 Jesuit Heritage Lecture. The Last Lecture will be Monday, March 6 followed by the 2017 Jesuit Heritage Lecture on Tuesday, March 7, each at 7:30 p.m. in the Gautrelet Room. There is no charge for either event and anyone may attend.
The Last Lecture concept is a popular fixture on campuses nationwide for which respected professors are invited by students to speak honestly and openly about their lives and beliefs. Inspired by the 2007 presentation delivered by Carnegie Mellon professor Randy Pausch, the events typically center on inspiration and communicating a sense of legacy, as if the lectures would be final presentations for selected speakers. Spring Hill College students selected Puto to deliver the “Last Lecture” as a part of the week of events.
Doll will share his diverse life experiences from his long and distinguished career in photojournalism. He is the recipient of numerous national and international awards including the prestigious Kodak Crystal Eagle Award for Impact in Photojournalism, which he received at the National Press Club in Washington D.C. for his many years of work with Native Americans. His photographs have been featured in National Geographic magazine as well as other numerous publications.
He has published two acclaimed photographic books, "Vision Quest: Men and Women and Sacred Sites of the Sioux Nation" and "Crying for a Vision." His latest publication is "A Call to Vision: A Jesuit’s Perspective on the World." In collaboration with the Jesuit Refugee Service, Doll has traveled the world and photographed migrants and refugees in such places as Uganda, southern Sudan, Burundi, Rwanda, southeast Asia and the Middle East. He is Professor Emeritus of Journalism and holds the Charles and Mary Heider Endowed Jesuit Chair at Creighton University in Omaha.