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Ramapo College Presents the Second Annual Sebastian J. Raciti Memorial Lecture and Dinner

(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)September 28, 2005

(Mahwah) – Dr. Thomas E. Woods Jr., author of How the Catholic Church Built Western Civilization, will be the guest lecturer at The Second Annual Sebastian J. Raciti Memorial Lecture and Dinner on Tuesday, October 18 from 6 – 8 p.m. in Friends Hall on the campus of Ramapo College of New Jersey.  The public is invited to attend the lecture and dinner, sponsored by the Center for Business and Public Policy of Ramapo College and the Ramapo College Foundation Business Network.   Friends Hall is located in the College’s Student Center.

Woods’ topic will be Where the Religious Right Went Wrong.”  He is the author of the New York Times bestseller, The Politically Incorrect Guide to American History, as well as The Church Confronts Modernity:  Catholic Intellectuals and the Progressive Era and The Church and the Market:  A Catholic Defense of the Free Economy.

The author holds four degrees, including an A.B. from Harvard and a Ph.D. from Columbia.  He teaches courses in Western civilization, is the associate editor of The Latin Mass magazine and is an essayist on historical subjects.

The event was established to honor the memory of Sebastian J. Raciti  (1934-2003), who, for 31 years, served in various roles that were instrumental in the development of Ramapo College.  Known as Sib, he was a member of the founding faculty, arriving in the College’s second year.

Racitiheld various posts during his tenure including director of the School of Metropolitan and Community Studies, dean of the School of Administration and Business, vice president for Academic Affairs, vice president of Institutional Advancement and professor of economics.  He also was the director of the Governor’s School for International Studies, a summer program for gifted high school students.  In his administrative roles, he helped design new academic programs, raised funds to support new initiatives and scholarships and recruited new faculty.

Tickets are $25 per person.  To reserve a seat, call 201.684.7373 or e-mail


About Ramapo College

Ramapo College of New Jersey is the state’s premier public liberal arts college and is committed to academic excellence through interdisciplinary and experiential learning, and international and intercultural understanding. The comprehensive college is situated among the beautiful Ramapo Mountains, is within commuting distance to New York City, was named one of the 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America by CondeNast Traveler, and boasts the best on-campus housing in New Jersey per

Ramapo College provides its students with individualized attention, mentorship, and supports; hands-on learning; and a range of opportunities for service and leadership development. Its graduation and retention rates exceed national averages and it places approximately 1,000 students per year in internships in New York City. The College is ranked #1 among New Jersey public institutions by College Choice; is recognized as the state’s top college on the list of Best Disability Schools by Great Value Colleges; is designated a “Military Friendly College” in Victoria Media’s Guide to Military Friendly Schools; and is recognized as a top college by U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger’s, Princeton Review and Money magazine, among others.  

Ramapo College’s over 40,000 alumni are the confident, intellectually curious, self-aware, and humble people who are highly sought after and who make a positive impact at local, national, and global levels.  Ramapo College is distinguished as a Career Development College of Distinction by Every student at Ramapo is enrolled in its unique and award winning Pathways Program which equips and empowers students, across the continuum of their academic career, to secure internships, pursue graduate/professional school, and/or enter the job market. 

Established in 1969, Ramapo College offers bachelor’s degrees in the arts, business, data science, humanities, social sciences and the sciences, as well as in professional studies, which include business, education, nursing and social work. In addition, the College offers courses leading to teacher certification at the elementary and secondary levels, and offers graduate programs leading to master’s degrees in Accounting, Applied Mathematics, Business Administration, Contemporary Instructional Design, Computer Science, Creative Music Technology, Data Science, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education, as well as a Doctor of Nursing Practice.


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