First Minister to deliver Cardinal Winning Education Lecture

The First Minister is to deliver the Cardinal Winning Education Lecture at the University of Glasgow this weekend.

Alex Salmond will talk on the subject of: "Celebrating Catholic Education in Scotland. Reflections on partnership from 1918 to date, and beyond," in the Bute Hall at 11am on Saturday 2 February 2008.

The Cardinal Winning Education Lectures were established in 1993 by the Department of Religious Education in St. Andrew's College. They were intended to raise, matters of interest to Catholic education in an intellectually stimulating way.

Lecturers have come from within and outwith Catholic education and have included: Albert Price, Director of The Catholic Education Service in England and Wales; Joe O'Keefe, Dean of Education at Boston College; John Hull, Professor of Religious Education at Birmingham University; John Haldane, Professor of Philosophy at St. Andrew's; and the late Donald Dewar, First Minister.

A successful volume - entitled 'Catholic Education: Inside-Out/Outside-In' and edited by Professor James Conroy, Dean of the Faculty of Education - was based on a number of lectures in the 90s. The book, published in 1999, focused on the development of conversations, sometimes critical, between those involved in Catholic education and those from outwith.

Professor James C Conroy said: “We are keen to promote serious and sustained public reflection on and discussion about Catholic education and its relationship to the state.”

The Cardinal Winning Education Lecture is free and open to all but it is essential attendees register in advance with Clare Laidlaw, Corporate Communications on or 0141 330 4978

Lunch is available after the lecture in Hunter Halls at a cost of £6 per head.

First published: 28 January 2008

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