Mission Day 2014

Mission Day 2014

Why Beauty Matters . . . And Not Just in Art

Tuesday, Jan. 28

Keynote address from acclaimed poet and writer Dana Gioia



Schedule of Events


12:15 p.m.

Keynote Address

Sacred Heart Chapel

Video of Keynote Address


1:00 p.m.


Sculpture Garden


4:30 p.m.   

Poetry Reading

Von der Ahe Suite, William H. Hannon Library

Video of poetry reading


5:15 p.m.


Von der Ahe Suite, William H. Hannon Library


Related Events:

5:30 p.m.

The College of Communication and Fine Arts presented a program, inspired by Dana Gioia's outreach to the military and their families while he served as chair of the National Endowment for the Arts. Foley Hall Plaza.


7:15 p.m.

The School of Film and Television screened Michael Curtiz's Angels with Dirty Faces (1938) followed by an interactive discussion of the imaginative vision and spiritual impact of the film, led by a faculty member. Mayer Theatre. 






About the Speaker

Dana Gioia is an internationally acclaimed poet and writer. Former California Poet laureate and Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, Gioia was born in Los Angeles of Italian and Mexican descent. The first person in his family to attend college, he received a B.A. and M.B.A. from Stanford and an M.A. from Harvard in Comparative Literature. For fifteen years he worked as a businessman before quitting at forty-one to become a full-time writer. More about Dana Gioia at danagioia.com.