As in the time of Ignatius, Jesuit higher education must strive in our day to give creative responses to the challenges that arise in changing times. Were Ignatius alive today, he would be intrigued and fascinated by the phenomenon of globalization, with its
incredible opportunities and daunting threats. He would not run from the challenges that
it involves. The university remains the place where fundamental questions that touch the person and community can be aired. As a bearer of human and ethical values the university should be the critical conscience of society. We must never forget that knowledge is not neutral, because it always implies values and a specific conception of the human person. Translating this vision into the concrete tasks of shaping the curriculum,
developing effective pedagogical strategies, and shaping our students- vision of their
role in society, is no easy goal, but it is a necessary one.
Address to Faculty, Staff, and Students Spring Hill College, Alabama, USA.