Tuesday, September 28, 2010
My father created the series with the hope of generating a sustaining conversation around important issues in our community. He created the series to honor the memory of my mother. Last night, again, hundreds of people turned out for the occasion—hundreds—students, faculty, neighboring residents, and long-time family friends. A year of planning goes into a night like that one, and we Kepharts have a tremendous community at Villanova to thank—a president, Rev. Peter M. Donohue, and a dean, Father Kail Ellis, who spend the evening with us, who charm us; a committee of esteemed historians, including my friend, Paul Steege, who help identify the right lecturer (last year they chose Pulitzer Prize winner Dr. James McPherson); and a staff of individuals who make the evening seamless.
Toward the end of the evening, following a remarkable lecture and passionate Q and A, I received a text message from my son, who is off at school. His thoughts, he said, were with my mother. He imagined her looking down in peace. I did, too.