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Saturday, May 20, 2017

Aquinas Leadership International May 2017 Update

"Augustine, Aquinas, and the Apologetics of the New Reformation(s)"
 Thursday 13 July 2017 to Sunday 16 July 2017
Immaculate Conception Seminary, Huntington, Long Island, NY
For information contact: 

In addition to sessions dealing with Mortimer J. Adler, Max Weismann, C.S. Lewis, Romano Guardini, Sts. Aurelius Augustine and Thomas Aquinas as apologists and reformers, some of this year’s conference participants will be doing topics related to John Senior, René Girard, Charles Sanders Peirce, Thomas Sebeok, John N. Deely, Étienne Gilson, Michael Novak, and Frank Sheed.  (Anyone interested in participating in the panel on Romano Guardini should contact Prof. Thaddeus Kozinski If you would like to participate in a session related to one of these authors, or some other author, and some other topic, please let me know by mid-June at the email address immediately above. I have put together a first draft of the program. By mid-June I would like to receive a copy of a short, one-paragraph abstract of proposed paper presentations and,if possible, a copy of the completed presentation to email to other participants. Having the paper available before the Congress will allow presenters who wish to do so simply to give a summary of their papers, leaving time for us to focus on discussion of their topic.

For those of you not familiar with it, the July meeting in Huntington is an annual world congress started in 2014 to help renew the West by renewing common sense. The Adler-Aquinas Institute (AAI) is a co-sponsor. The chief sponsor is the Aquinas Leadership International group, an affiliate of the Adler-Aquinas Institute, Aquinas School of Leadership, International Étienne Gilson Society, Studia Gilsoniana journal, Center for the Study of The Great Ideas, London Center for Policy Research, the Catholic Education Foundation, Caritas Consulting, Holy Apostles College and Seminary, The King’s College (NYC), and other co-sponsors.

I encourage those who have firmly decided to participate in the meeting and stay at the Seminary to start contacting me with proposed dates of arrival and departure. The room reservation includes Congress registration, 9 terrific meals at the Seminary, and access to all sessions and cocktail receptions.

You can find presentations from some of our prior meetings at this link:

This should give you a good idea of what I look for from presenters and what to expect at the Congress.


● Center for Medieval Studies, Fordham University, Announces 2017–2018 “Call for Fellows” and Special Event

Fordham University’s Center for Medieval Studies has recently issued a Call for Applications for “Medieval Fellows”

Fordham University’s Medieval Fellows enjoy the benefits of post-graduate research affiliation with Fordham University and its Center for Medieval Studies during one or two semesters of research in the New York City area.  Fellow status includes an office with a computer and printer, library privileges and a carrel, a research-oriented email account, use of the gym at faculty rates, participation in all seminars and functions in Medieval Studies, photocopy privileges, and program stationery.  Candidates wishing to apply for the Fall term of 2017 or the Spring term of 2018 can view the required application materials in the attached Call for Fellows.

Center for Medieval Studies, Fordham University
441 E. Fordham Road
FMH 405
Bronx, NY 10458

Applications are due by June 1, 2017.

The Center also announces the following event:

Inside Out: Dress and Identity in the Middle Ages
38th Annual Conference, Center for Medieval Studies
March 24-25, 2018, Lincoln Center Campus

Abstracts accepted until September 17, 2017

● Metaphysical Society of America “Call for Papers”

MSA, Secretary-Treasurer, George Lucas announces a 2018 Call for Proposals from President Richard Velkley for the 69th annual meeting of the MSA in Atlanta GA (March 22-25, 2018).  Submission of a 500-word abstract is due to Professor Velkley by 01 September 2017, at: “”See:
 The École Pratique des Hautes Études Celebrates Gilson as Part of its 150th Anniversary Celebration in 2018
The École Pratique des Hautes Études in Paris is pleased to announce that it will include a series of events related to the work of Étienne Gilson as part of the celebration of the school's founding in 1868. For more information about the celebration, see:
or contact Coordinateur de l’événement Michel Cacouros, Maître de conférences Habilité, Sciences Historiques et Philologiques at:
● Catholic Cave Radio Interview

THE CATHOLIC CAVE announces its recent May podcast with Marc Tuttle and Tim O'Donnell:: THE CATHOLIC CAVE: "THE STATE OF HIGHER EDUCATION" with Dr. Peter Redpath,

Special Note: Tim O’Donnell reports that The Catholic Cave plans to organize a panel interview session at the July, Huntington World Congress!

● Catholic Education Foundation Interview

Below is a link to a recent interview given by Fr. Peter Stravinskas to Catholic World Report on the Catholic Education Foundation’s third annual seminar on the role of the priest in today's Catholic school. Please pass this information along to anyone you think might find it of interest.

● Ptolemaeus Arabus et Latinus 3–Year Post-Doctoral Position Available

—Project Ptolemaeus Arabus et Latinus (, hosted by the Bayerische Akademie der Wissenschaften in Munich, is offering a 3-year position for a doctoral student (Latinist or Arabist) starting in October 2017. 

Those interested in obtaining an application for this position should contact Prof. Dr. Dag Nikolaus Hasse by email ( before 31 May 2017.

Applications should include a complete CV (with a list of publications where applicable); an outline (1-3 pages) of the proposed research project; and two letters of recommendation by academic referees. The letters of recommendation must be sent directly by the referees, either by email or by post (Prof. Dr. Dag Nikolaus Hasse, Institut für Philosophie, Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg, Residenz Südflügel, 97070 Würzburg, Germany).

Receipt of all applications will be acknowledged. The outcome of all applications will be notified by email as soon as a decision is made. Short-listed applicants will be invited to an on-campus, phone or Skype interview. Information on the Project, including the Project Outline, can be found on this website  (

For further enquiries and consultation on possible projects, please contact Dag Nikolaus Hasse, David Juste or Benno van Dalen at
 NEH seminar:
In summer 2017 Jonathan Jacobs will be directing a four-week NEH Summer Seminar for College and University Faculty on "Will, Commandment, and Human Perfection in Medieval Jewish Philosophy" 
The website for the seminar is: 

For more information contact:

Jonathan Jacobs, Professor and Chair, Department of Philosophy, Director, Institute for Criminal Justice Ethics,
John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Doctoral Faculty of Philosophy, CUNY Graduate Center, 

Office phone: 646-557-4531

 Symposium Thomisticum, Porto, Portugal, June 2017

The second annual Symposium Thomisticum which takes place in Porto, Portugal, 22 to 24 June 2017. The topic of the Symposium is "Aquinas and Modern Thinkers," but papers in parallel sessions may be on any aspect of Aquinas. Fran O’Rourke says that Porto is a beautiful city and Portugal a wonderful country to visit. Bed and Breakfast in the diocesan conference centre for four days at the current exchange rate less than $100! Details are available at or google Symposium Thomisticum.

● Annual Catholic University of Lublin “Man in Culture” International Conference

The annual international “Man in Culture” conference hosted by the Department of the Philosophy of Culture at the John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin (KUL) will take place on 08 June 2017. The Conference topic is: “Preserving the Identity of a Catholic University in an Increasingly Fragmented World: Chances and Risks.”

Anyone interested in participating in this Conference should contact the Chair of the Department of Philosophy of Culture, Piotr Jaroszyński, at:

● Thomistic Institute, Washington, DC

Register for the Thomistic Institute’s 7th annual philosophy conference focusing on St. Thomas’s metaphysics
From June 29th to July 2nd, at Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh, NY, a conference involving intensive study of St. Thomas's metaphysics will takes up the core principles of Aquinas' metaphysics to consider their perennial importance and contemporary philosophical applicability.

This workshop is co-sponsored by 
The Catholic and Dominican Institute of Mount Saint Mary College, and the Notre Dame Center for Ethics & Culture.
A limited number of scholarships are available for graduate students. Contact the Thomistic Institute to see if you are eligible.
For more information on the conference visit

● Call for Papers, A conference organized by the Telos-Paul Piccone Institute and Higher School of Economics, Moscow, September 1–2, 2017, at the HSE in Moscow

About the Conference

Twenty-five years after the end of the Cold War, there is arguably a crisis of democracy: not only has the transition from totalitarian communism failed to bring about liberal market capitalism, but politics in mature democracies has been becoming post-democratic. Models of authoritarianism and state capitalism are spreading in different parts of the world, while countries with long-standing democratic traditions are characterized by a rejection of the political mainstream and a turn to extremes on the far left or the far right.

The theme of this conference is the question of constitutional order after revolution and the transition from one political system to another. Amid the crisis of existing models, there is both an intellectual and a practical urgency to explore different kinds of state forms, models of sovereignty, conceptions of democracy, and political legitimacy. Crucially, the focus is less on the purely institutional arrangements or the policy dimension and more on enduring cultural norms and social practices that underpin both constitution and politics. 
Abstract Submissions
Abstracts for this conference will only be accepted from current Telos-Paul Piccone Institute members. In order to become a member, please visit our 
membership enrollment page. Telos-Paul Piccone Institute memberships are valid until the end of the annual New York City conference.

Scholars from all disciplines are invited to submit a 250-word abstract along with a short c.v. to and place "The 2017 Telos Moscow Conference" in the email's subject line. The deadline for abstract submissions is June 15, 2017.

—Call for Papers January 19–21, 2018 Telos–Paul Piccone Institute

Constitutional Theory as Cultural Problem: Global Perspectives

The 2018 Telos-Paul Piccone Institute Conference
January 19–21, 2018
New York, NY

Organized by Xudong Zhang (International Center for Critical Theory and New York University) and David Pan (Telos-Paul Piccone Institute and the University of California, Irvine)

About the Conference

The International Center for Critical Theory and the Telos-Paul Piccone Institute will jointly host a conference entitled "Constitutional Theory as Cultural Problem: Global Perspectives," to be held at New York University, New York, from January 19–21, 2018.

Abstract Submissions

If you are interested in participating, please submit a 200-word abstract along with a short c.v. to and place "The 2018 Telos Conference" in the email's subject line. Scholars from all disciplines are invited to participate. The deadline for abstract submissions is June 30, 2017.

● Aquinas School of Philosophy Site: Rich in Resources Related to St. Thomas

For anyone interested in studying, or teaching courses on, St. Thomas, the Aquinas School of Philosophy site offers a wealth of educational information you might want to check out. See:

● International Institute for Culture Announces the Following Summer Language Programs:

Philadelphia Classics Academy Latin and Greek courses, 06 to 30 June 2017

Spanish program for seminarians and priests:

● The Colson Center for Christian Worldview Announces that it is Now Accepting Applications for the 20172018 Colson Fellows Program

Anyone interested in applying to this program should check out the information in this site:
 Aquinas and "the Arabs"
For information about Richard Taylor's "Aquinas and the 'Arabs'" International Working Group and upcoming conferences and seminars hosted by this organization, see:                                                                                                                                               
● Membership in the International Étienne Gilson Society

Information about how to become a member of, or renew membership in, the International Étienne Gilson Society may be obtained at the link below. If you have not renewed your membership, please do so. Membership dues are used to help defray cost of the Aquinas Leadership International World Congress and other events.

● Studia Gilsoniana Journal

Check out the following link for recent and past issues of the Studia Gilsoniana journal:

 En Route Books & Media

The second volume of Peter A. Redpath’s A Not-So-Elementary Christian Metaphysics: An Introduction to Ragamuffin Thomism is now in print. If you have ordered a copy and not yet received it, please let the publisher know.

The Moral Psychology of St. Thomas Aquinas: An Introduction to Ragamuffin Ethics is now in print! If you have ordered a copy and not yet received it, please let the publisher know.

 New from St. Augustine’s Press

Check out the following link for new book publications and new issues of The St. Austin Review

 Aquinas Institute of Ireland Summer School
Robert McNamara, from the Aquinas Institute of Ireland, announces that this year the Institute is running its annual Summer School in Walsingham, England. From July 23rd through 29th participants will be studying St. Thomas' treatise on anthropology, taken from the Summa theologiae. To access more details please visit their website: or email:, and to book a place on the course navigate to the application tab on the website.

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