Iona College Alumna Published in Prestigious Religious Journal

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Iona College alumna Céire Kealty ’18 recently published a paper in Religions, a leading journal of religion research.

Entitled “Wearing the Good: A Kierkegaardian Exploration of ‘Messaged’ Apparel,” her paper explores the use of garments to convey messages, ethical stances, and even public virtues. More specifically, the paper engages the writings of Søren Kierkegaard to attend to the ethical and spiritual complexities of “messaged” apparel. Read the full paper here.

Kealty, currently a Ph.D. student at Villanova University studying theology, was in the Honors Program at Iona College and graduated with a double major in religious studies and accounting.

Read more about how Kealty’s dual degree helped her draw connections between business, ethics and spirituality while at Iona College.

Founded in 1940, Iona University is a master's-granting private, Catholic, coeducational institution of learning in the tradition of the Edmund Rice Christian Brothers. Iona's 45-acre New Rochelle campus and 28-acre Bronxville campus are just 20 miles north of Midtown Manhattan. With a total enrollment of nearly 4,000 students and an alumni base of over 50,000 around the world, Iona is a diverse community of learners and scholars dedicated to academic excellence and the values of justice, peace and service. Iona is highly accredited, offering undergraduate degrees in liberal arts, science, and business administration, as well as Master of Arts, Master of Science and Master of Business Administration degrees and numerous advanced certificate programs. Iona’s LaPenta School of Business is accredited by AACSB International, a prestigious recognition awarded to just five percent of business schools worldwide. The Princeton Review recognized Iona’s on-campus MBA program as a “Best Business School for 2021.” Iona University also recently launched a new, fully online MBA program for even greater flexibility. In July 2021, Iona University and NewYork-Presbyterian announced the establishment of the NewYork-Presbyterian Iona School of Health Sciences, to be principally located on the University’s new campus in Bronxville, N.Y. Supported by a $20 million gift from NewYork-Presbyterian, the NewYork-Presbyterian Iona School of Health Sciences offers a new vision for collaborative health care education, modern workforce development, and community care. On July 1, 2022, Iona officially changed its status from College to University, reflecting the growth of its academic programs and the prestige of an Iona education.