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Margaret Farley, the Gilbert L. Stark Professor of Christian Ethics at Yale Divinity School, will deliver the baccalaureate address at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 25.

At Lafayette’s 167th Commencement exercises, to be held at 2:30 p.m. that afternoon, she will be awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Divinity.

Jim Lehrer, executive editor and anchor of the PBS program The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, will deliver the commencement address and will receive the honorary degree of Doctor of Letters. Both the baccalaureate and commencement ceremonies will be held outdoors on the Skillman Library Plaza.

A member of the faculty of Yale Divinity School since 1971 and a fellow of Yale’s Pierson College, Farley is author of two books, Personal Commitments: Beginning, Keeping, Changing, published by Harper and Row in 1986, and coauthor of A Metaphysics of Being and God (Prentice-Hall, 1966).

A new book, Just Love, is being published this month by Continuum Publishing Group. She has also authored numerous articles on feminist, medical, and sexual ethics.

Farley is coeditor of Liberating Eschatology: Essays in Honor of Letty M. Russell (Westminster/John Knox, 1999), Readings in Moral Theology, No. 9: Feminist Ethics and the Catholic Moral Tradition (Paulist Press, 1996), and Embodiment, Morality, and Medicine (Kluwer Academic Publishing, 1995).

The Catholic Theological Society of America presented her its John Courtney Murray Award for Excellence in Theology. She served as the president of the society in 1999-2000.

She was president of the Society of Christian Ethics for 1993, and serves on the editorial committees of sections on moral theology and feminist theology of Concilium, the international journal of theology. She is also on the editorial committee of the Ethics Series of the Center for Ethics and Social Policy.

She serves on the Bioethics Committee of Yale-New Haven Hospital, the Ethics Committee of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and on advisory boards for many institutions, including the Program in Applied Ethics at Fairfield University and the Chicago Center for Peace Studies.

She holds M.Phil. and Ph.D. degrees from Yale and A.B. and M.A. degrees from the University of Detroit. Before joining the faculty of Yale Divinity School she was assistant professor at Mercy College of Detroit and visiting lecturer at the University of Detroit.

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