Dear Friends of the Seattle G. K. Chesterton Society,
On Thursday, April 10, at 7:30 PM at the UW Newman Center, Dr. Luis Fraga of the University of Washington will lead us in an evening of discussion concerning the future prospects of Catholic education in the United States.
Please see below for full details. Please see also our full Events Calendar for more details pertaining to our 2013-2014 season.
The UW Newman Center is located at 4502 20th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98105. Please note that parking space at UW Newman Center is limited. Commuters may park in the nearby N5 lot at the University, accessible via the north gate at NE 45th and Memorial Way.
We hope to see you next Thursday evening. Please bring a friend!
The Seattle G. K. Chesterton Society
Thursday, April 10, 2014, at 7:30 PM, UW Newman Center
Catholic Education for the 21st Century:
Expanding Access to Build Inclusive Communities of Faith
Dr. Luis Ricardo Fraga
University of Washington
It is estimated that at least 1,400 Catholic schools have closed in the United States from 2000 to the present. As a result, there are now 500,000 fewer seats available in Catholic schools. In 2007-2008 there were 691,000 empty seats in Catholic schools throughout the country. Additionally, only 24% of self-identified Catholics attend Mass at least once per week.
Luis Fraga received his doctorate in Political Science from Rice University in 1984 and his A.B., cum laude, from Harvard in 1978. Now at the University of Washington, he is the Associate Vice Provost for Faculty Advancement, Russell F. Stark University Professor, Director of the Diversity Research Institute, and Professor of Political Science. He has been on the faculty at Stanford University, the University of Notre Dame, and the University of Oklahoma. Dr. Fraga has authored and co-authored five books and has published widely in scholarly journals and academic volumes. He has received fifteen awards for his teaching, mentoring, and advising. In 2011 he was appointed by President Obama to the Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics. In 2012 Dr. Fraga was recognized as a Champion of Catholic Education by the Archdiocese of Seattle Fulcrum Foundation.