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La Salle University has been ranked one of 300 colleges and universities recognized by Forbes as an “America’s Best Value College” for 2016. According to Forbes, La Salle is a school that is “worth the investment.”
The rankings are the result of a partnership with Forbes and The Center for College Affordability and Productivity, taking into consideration educational quality, graduation rate, post-graduate earnings, and tuition.
The Forbes best ranking is the latest accolade for La Salle regarding value. In its current list, The Economist ranked the University among the top 100 for value, and Money Magazine named La Salle a “Value All Star,” and one of the top five colleges in the Philadelphia region for educational quality, affordability, and alumni earnings.
La Salle’s “America’s Best Value College” ranking follows a recent announcement from President Colleen Hanycz, Ph.D., reporting the University would freeze fulltime undergraduate tuition for the next academic year. “We appreciate and share our students’ concerns about the cost of a college education, and continue our efforts to contain costs without sacrificing educational quality and student success,” Hanycz said.
The list of 2016 “America’s Best Value Colleges” is available on Forbes’ website.
Dr. Nancy Pineda-Madrid, Associate Professor of Theology and Latino/a Ministry, Boston College, will speak on Thursday, February 11th, 7 p.m., in De La Salle Chapel
One week before Pope Francis is to visit Ciudad Juarez, a city along the U.S.-Mexico border that in many ways epitomizes the human impact of our global economy of exclusion, Nancy Pineda-Madrid, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Theology and Latino/a Ministry at Boston College, will address “feminicide” in Juarez and the fissures it reveals within society in a lecture titled, “Feminicide: Interrogating the Broken Body of Christ.”
This is the first of two La Salle Lectures in Religion and Culture in the Spring 2016 semester funded by the office of the Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences. Both will address this year’s theme, “Inculturating Catholicism: When the Margins Become the Center,” and will help the deepen one’s engagement with Pope Francis’s public ministry, which privileges the margins as the place for encounter and invites us to ask critical questions about forces of marginalization.
“Feminicide refers not only to the crucifixions of many women and girls, but a crucifixion of society that speaks of a destructive formation of the social imagination,” explains Pineda-Madrid. “In order to resist this devolution, I suggest the need to reimagine and re-think what is meant by the mystical body of Christ in a manner that offers a credible account of hope in the face of tragedy.”
Pineda-Madrid holds a Ph.D. in Systematic and Philosophical Theology from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California. Her published work includes her book, Suffering and Salvation in Ciudad Juarez, (Fortress Press, 2011); a book she co-edited Hope: Promise, Possibility and Fulfillment, (Paulist Press, 2013) as well as numerous articles addressing questions of soteriology, suffering, religious symbols, popular Catholicism, and Latina feminist theology. She has given public lectures at universities across the United States as well as in Latin America and Europe. She is currently working on a book on Guadalupe as a religious symbol, and is also co-editing a book on the Holy Spirit. She is President of the Academy of Catholic Hispanic Theologians of the United States (ACHTUS), and Vice President of the International Network of Societies of Catholic Theology (INSeCT).
The annual La Salle Lectures on Religion and Culture deepen the University community’s interdisciplinary engagement with its Lasallian and Catholic heritage, as well as with the increasingly diverse religious traditions represented on campus and in the City of Philadelphia. Elizabeth Johnson, Ph.D., Professor of Theology at Fordham University, will offer the second lecture on Tuesday, April 26th at 7 p.m. and address themes associated with ecological justice in her newest book, Ask the Beasts: Darwin and the God of Love.