Xavier students have been overwhelmed by guest speakers during the Fall semester, including:
• Raslan Abu Rukun, the Israeli deputy consul general who is also a Druze Arab. He discussed the decision he made and how it has directed his life choices as both a Druze Arab and an Israeli. The Druze religion is a secretive offshoot of Islam. Rukun is the first non-Jewish Israeli diplomat to be stationed in the United States.
• William McDonough, a consulting professor of engineering at Stanford University and the U.S. Chairman for the Board of Councilors of the China-U.S. Center for Sustainable Development. In 1996, he received the Presidential Award for Sustainable Development, and Time magazine has twice recognized him as a “hero” for the environment.
• Patrick McCaskey, co-owner of the NFL Chicago Bears and founder of Sports Faith International to promote the value of sports in forming Christian virtue. He spoke at the Ann Buenger Speaker Series.
• Franklin McCain, who staged one of the most visible and iconic events of the civil rights movement by sitting down at a “whites only” lunch counter at a Woolworth store in Greensboro, N.C., in 1960.