On June 1 1992, Edward A. Malloy, CSC, began his second term as president of the University of Notre Dame. "Culture and Commitment" is a collection of public addresses given during his first term, 1987-1991. During these years, Malloy has used the opportunity afforded him by his position to discuss at length both the state of higher education today, as well as which directions it should take in the future. As president of Notre Dame, he brings experience and insight to bear on current issues affecting higher education in general, and Catholic higher education in particular. Malloy addresses the need to raise awareness of moral consideration in preparing students for the professions, and the need to promote programmes directed toward increasing student involvement in social justice. In addition to topics of education, Malloy expounds on various ethical issues. These essays emphasise matters of the broadest social concern, including the control of foreign and domestic violence, the complex questions surrounding the ever-changing interactions of science, technology, and society, and the ethical dimensions of life in the professions. These addresses illustrate that in his willingness to tackle these larger issues, Malloy exemplifies the kind of leadership one may expect from the president of the nation's pre-eminent Catholic university.