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Aging and Spirituality Topic of April First Friday

March 21, 2018

Dr. Nathan Kollar, emeritus professor of religious studies at St. John Fisher College, will deliver a talk on aging and spirituality during the April First Friday Lecture.

Nathan Kollar

Free and open to the public, the lecture begins at 10 a.m. on Friday, April 6, in Cleary Family Auditorium; breakfast will be provided. A Mass will precede the lecture at 9 a.m. in the Hermance Family Chapel of St. Basil the Great.

Kollar taught at Fisher for more 30 years; in 1978, he founded and chaired the College’s gerontology program, teaching the introductory course in gerontology for over a decade. He also served as an adjunct professor at the University of Rochester’s Warner School of Education and taught in the Catholic Leadership program for 25 years. Throughout his career, he has been awarded over half a million dollars in grants and in 1991 was awarded Fisher’s Trustees’ Award for Distinguished Scholarly Achievement.

Presently, Kollar is chair of the advisory boards of the Ontario County Office of Aging and Hickey Center for Interfaith Studies and Dialogue at Nazareth College. He is associate editor of the Catholic Book Review.

A prolific writer, Kollar has authored five books, the most recent of which is Spiritualities: Past, Present, and Future – An Introduction; and edited four, including Poverty and Wealth in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. He has written for dictionaries, encyclopedias, chapters in books, and numerous journals. His most recent article, “Methodological Metaphors and the Challenge of Contemporary Grieving,” was published in the January 2018 issue of the Journal of Behavioral and Social Sciences.

The First Friday Lecture Series, sponsored by the 1948 Society, is designed for individuals who are interested in hearing learned perspectives on a variety of topics from members of the St. John Fisher College and greater Rochester community. Parking is available in Lot A or in Lot S (shuttle service will be provided to and from Kearney Hall).

Register online for the lecture, or for more information, call Libby Pinti at (585) 385-7350 or email