The center for study of Saint Ambrose of Milan hosted a symposium weighing the cultural and political impact of the university's namesake saint on April 4.
The daylong symposium was highlighted by keynote speaker Christina Sogno, PhD, who delved into one of the first great Church-versus-State debates. Sogno, an associate professor of the classics at Fordham University, discussed an exchange between Saint Ambrose and the pagan senator Symmachus, who debated the restoration of a pagan altar to the Roman Senate against the objections of Christian senators.
St. Ambrose senior Marie Adams was one of two undergraduates who presented research interests concerning Saint Ambrose. A panel discussion followed, featuring five professors from the fields of history, communication, music, art and theology.
Symposium sponsors include the SAU Student Government Association, the Baecke Foundation, and the academic departments of Political Science, History and Theology at St. Ambrose.