Joseph P. Farry Professorship
In 2003, Dan and Katharine Whalen established the Joseph P. Farry Professorship to honor a long-time teacher, friend and mentor. According to Dan:
"Joe is one of the people who noticed me and changed my life. He encouraged, supported and challenged me. He had an ability to help students discover and explore the subtlety and nuances of ideas. He is a master teacher, a great mentor, he provides wise counsel, and that's just the truth."
Dr. Farry is a successful proponent and user of collaborative learning; his earliest classes here were taught more as discussion-based seminars than the traditional lecture prevalent in higher education in those years. He has led his students in dialogue with the great minds and with each other, drawing them into full intellectual engagement and moving their learning beyond what was safe and comfortable and on to new heights they may not have dared reach for.
Endowed professorships have long been recognized as both a hallmark of academic quality and a means by which a university honors its most esteemed scholars and teachers. Professorships are reserved for scholars of national stature, with highly distinguished records of teaching, research and publication. They constitute a time-honored way to recruit or retain scholars with exceptional records of achievement.
Dr. James Read is the Joseph P. Farry Professor of Political Science. Dr. Read has been a professor at CSB/SJU since 1988 and received his A.B. from University of Chicago, 1980; M.A., Harvard University, 1983; Ph.D, 1988.
Professor Read recently received the 2010 Wilson Carey McWilliams Best Paper Award by the Politics, Literature, and Film section of the American Political Science Association (APSA). Read's paper was titled, "The Limits of Self-Reliance: Emerson, Slavery, and Abolition" and examined Ralph Waldo Emerson's ideal of individual self-reliance as it confronted the seemingly intractable problem of slavery.
He has given several public presentations, including:
- "The Only True Sovereign of a Free People? The Problem of Majority Rule in Madison, Calhoun, and Lincoln." Alpheus T. Mason Lecture for the James Madison Program, Princeton University, March 23, 2010. Video link:
"Francis Lieber, Abraham Lincoln, and the American Contribution to International Law." Presented to the Abraham Lincoln Without Borders Conference, Part II, at the Madras Institute of Technology, Chennai, India, December 19-20, 2009. This paper was also presented to the Lincoln Without Borders conference, Part I, at Louisiana State University, Shreveport, October 22-24, 2009.
Dr. Read is the author of Majority Rule versus Consensus: The Political Thought of John C. Calhoun (University Press of Kansas, 2009), Power versus Liberty: Madison, Hamilton, Wilson, and Jefferson (University of Virginia Press, 2000) and Doorstep Democracy: Face to Face Politics in the Heartland (University of Minnesota Press, 2008).
Dr. Joseph Farry served Saint John's University and the College of Saint Benedict for many years as teacher, adviser, scholar, administrator and friend. He was appointed to the Political Science department in 1961, and taught countless students with distinction in the department and also in Freshman Colloquium, Honors Symposium, Senior Seminar and the interdisciplinary Introduction to Social Science. He earned his B.S., from Loyola University, Los Angeles; M.A., University of California, at Los Angeles; and Ph.D., Fordham University
Dr. Farry served as chair of the Social Science Division, the Department of Government and Peace Studies. He led the Washington Summer Internship Program, the Freshman Colloquium Program and the Liberal Studies Core Curriculum Program. He coordinated the First Year Honors Program, and was coordinator and principal author of the 1979 Self-Study Report for the North Central Association accreditation visitation and has served on numerous faculty committees. He was vice-chair of the Saint John's Faculty Assembly, and served as Dean of the College from 1991 through 1996.