USF to Host Lecture by Scholar and Biographer of St. Francis

October 29, 2018

FORT WAYNE, Ind. — The University of Saint Francis will present “Following the Life of St. Francis in the 21st Century” with special guest speaker William R. Cook on Thursday, November 8 at 7 p.m. This lecture will take place in the USF North Campus Auditorium, 2702 Spring Street.
Cook was born and raised in Indianapolis and graduated from Wabash College. He received a Ph.D. in medieval history from Cornell University and then taught for 42 years at the State University of New York at Geneseo. He has authored/coauthored six books, including a biography of St. Francis. He founded the Bill Cook Foundation upon retiring from a distinguished career as a teacher and scholar.
In this talk, Professor Cook will discuss his own ‘voyage’ from becoming primarily a scholar of Francis to working consciously to be his imitator through the establishment of the Bill Cook Foundation, which strives to educate very poor children in 27 countries.
This lecture is free and open to the public. For additional information, contact Angie Springer at 260-399-7700 ext. 8100 or This event is sponsored by the USF School of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the USF Department of Philosophy and Theology, and the USF Office of Mission Integration.
Founded in 1890 in the Catholic Franciscan tradition, the University of Saint Francis offers more than 70 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs through the School of Health Sciences, School of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Keith Busse School of Business and Entrepreneurial Leadership and School of Creative Arts. In addition to its traditional programs, USF designs focused curricula for working adults in Fort Wayne, Crown Point and online. USF Downtown houses the university’s business and music technology programs while offering enhanced internship and networking opportunities for students. The University of Saint Francis campus experience includes 16 athletic programs boasting two individual and four team NAIA national championships, and is recognized as an NAIA Five-Star Champion of Character institution. Approximately 2,200 students from a broad geographic region attend USF.