YR 47 Issue 1 2011
BEFORE the University officially closed its Quadricentennial celebration, it revisited its past through the international conference “Pro Ecclesia et Pro Patria” that highlighted its tradition and societal contributions held at the Thomas Aquinas Research Complex auditorium last December 1 to 3.
The three-day academic conference presented “micro-histories” of the University in different fields of study such as Journalism, Literature, Fine Arts and Design, Philosophy, Music, and others, to present a broader view of the contributions it generated through the years.
“It [the conference] is conceived for Thomasians and non-Thomasians alike so that they will know the real role of this institution,” Faculty of Arts and Letters (Artlets) professor Ma. Eloisa Parco De Castro, one of the main conveners of the conference, said.
The presentations were done in either parallel or plenary sessions.
Speakers included Monash University emeritus professor John Crossley; Canadian linguist Christopher Miller; University of the Philippines-Diliman professor Jose Wendell Capili; Ateneo de Manila University professor Michael Coroza; former New York Times correspondent Alice Colet-Villadolid; and Conservatory of Music Dean Raul Sunico, among others.
National Artist for Literature Francisco Sionil Jose narrated in his keynote address his roots as a war veteran and how the University influenced his life and career.
“It is always a pleasure to visit the University where I spent four of the happiest years (of my life),” Jose said. Furthermore, he discussed the difference between journalism and literature. He described the former as history in a hurry, and the latter as the noblest of all the arts. Same remarks were given by Villadolid who gave a lecture on
Thomasian heroes through the centuries. She also discussed some of the experiences she had at the University. “Institutional heroes are hard to find, but the University of Santo Tomas has a galaxy of heroes,” Villadolid said. The conference was made possible through a collaborative effort between the UST Graduate School and the Artlets. F
Int’l confab highlights UST history, legacy
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