Published by the Center for the Study of The Great Ideas (founded in 1990 by Mortimer J. Adler and Max Weismann)
In association with the The Adler-Aquinas Institute and Aquinas School of Leadership
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Thursday, April 9, 2015

ALI 2015 World Congress June 24th-29th


Dear Colleagues,

As spring gets started, I write to inform you about the second annual Aquinas Leadership International World Congress at the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception, Huntington, Long Island, NY. Dates for the Conference are: Thursday, 25 June to Monday, 29 June 2015, devoted to the topic:

“Atheism, Religion, and Common Sense”

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the establishment of the Center for the Study of The Great Ideas. As a result, part of our celebrations feature some events related to Mortimer J. Adler and the Great Books.:

1. Roundtable panel discussion of William F. Buckley interview of Mortimer J. Adler: “Are all religions equal?”
2. Participant papers:  Atheism, science, and religion
3. Participant papers: The New Atheism and the new evangelization
4. Roundtable panel discussion: Revisiting Mortimer Adler’s "God and the Professors": What, if anything, can we learn from it to help resolve current world problems?
5. Participant papers and roundtable panel discussion: The challenges of the new spiritualism and new pantheism for ethics and religion
6. Participant papers and panel discussion: Some implications of classical and contemporary moral psychology on organizations and leadership
7. After-dinner paper and panel discussion related to: The new paganism and contemporary moral psychology: Are they essentially connected?
8. Religious education, government, and the State
9. Participant papers and roundtable discussion: Can contemporary moral psychology make intelligible the nature of organizations and leadership?
10. The Holy Apostles College and Seminary’s inaugural Metropolitan Philosophy Roundtable (to discuss The reconstruction of philosophy: Will philosophy once again be able to bury its undertakers?)
11. Panel discussion by the Novareté group (see: related to use of the cardinal moral virtues in leadership training

Among others, the list of intended participants so far includes: Francis Slade, Jude P. Dougherty, Pat Carmack, Rev. William Mc Vey, Robert Kohn, Mary Boland, Herb Hartmann, Brother Owen Sadlier, Jim Maroosis, Lois Eveleth, Sr. Margaret Obrovac, Terrence Berres, Fr. Peter Kucer, Roberta Bayer, Robert Delfino, Curtis L. Hancock, Fulvio Di Blasi, Peter A. Redpath, Richard Fafara, Sebastian Mahfood, Richard Ingardia, Stacy Transacos, Nathan O’Halloran, S.J., Benjamin Block, Heather Erb, Fr. Ronald Hurl, Joseph Jordan, Michael Mangini. Gregory Sadler, Timothy A. O’Donnell, Joseph Indelicato, Fr. Pawel Tarasiewicz, Marvin Peláez, Fr. Tomasz Kopiczko, and Douglas M. Lindsay.

In addition to this being the 25th anniversary of the birth of the Center for the Study of The Great Ideas, on Monday, 29 June 2015, Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at St. Francis College, Frank Slade will celebrate his 88th birthday. On Saturday, 27 June 2015, a World Congress co-sponsor, the International Etienne Gilson Society, will help celebrate Frank's birthday by presenting him with the “Aquinas Medal for Excellence in Christian Philosophy." The Congress will also sponsor a Saturday afternoon session devoted to Frank's work.

If you would like to participate in this meeting by presenting a paper, being a member of a panel, or chairing a session, please e-mail me at and let me know.

Please pass this information along to anyone else you thing might find it of interest.

Best wishes,


Peter A. Redpath
President, International Etienne Gilson Society (see:
CEO, Aquinas School of Leadership (

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