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Clydesdale to speak at Waynesburg

The lecture will be held Sept. 5

Matthew Stultz Aug 28, 2019
Dr. Tim Clydesdale

Waynesburg University’s Glenn A. and Jane L. Crosby Humanities Lectureship will host Dr. Tim Clydesdale Thursday, Sept. 5, at 11 a.m. in the Goodwin Performing Arts Center. Admission is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend.

Dr. Clydesdale, vice provost, dean of Graduate Studies and professor of sociology at The College of New Jersey, will present “Holy Grit! Why Waynesburg University Needs Purposeful Graduates.”

The lecture will focus on what colleges must do “to nurture graduates who persist in the pursuit of goals that are upward and outward in orientation (i.e., “holy” grit),” according to Clydesdale.

He will present evidence from his own national evaluation of programs that have been successful with “holy” grit and share the creative ways in which they have accomplished this work.

Clydesdale recently co-authored “The Twentysomething Soul: Understanding the Religious and Secular Lives of American Young Adults” with Kathleen Garces-Foley.

He is also the author of “The First Year Out: Understanding American Teens after High School” and “The Purposeful Graduate: Why Colleges Must Talk to Students about Vocation.”

As an expert on young adulthood, higher education and American religion, Clydesdale is a popular speaker at colleges and universities around the world.

Clydesdale earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Wheaton College and a Ph.D. from Princeton University.

For more information, contact Genna Steele, academic projects and grants coordinator, at or 724-852-7660.

Crosby Lecture Series

The Crosby Lecture Series is funded by Glenn A. and Jane Lichtenfels Crosby, 1950 magna cum laude graduates of Waynesburg University, and brings visiting scholars to the University who are distinguished in their disciplines.