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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Aquinas Leadership International - October 2017 Update

[from Peter A. Redpath, "about some developments related to the Aquinas Leadership International (ALI), our affiliate organizations, and other groups interested in ALI’s work."]

● Fifth Annual Aquinas Leadership International World Congress

The dates of 20 to 22 July 2018 have been reserved for the 5th annual Aquinas Leadership International Conference at the Immaculate Conception Seminary in Huntington, Long Island, NY, USA. If you have a Congress topic that you think might be good for this annual meeting, please send the information to the Congress Chair, Peter Redpath, at:

● The Aquinas School of Leadership (ASL) Announces:

– Formation of the Center for Leadership-Coaching in Thomistic Organizational and Moral Psychology (CLC)

For further information about this Center and its leadership-coaching work, email Dr. Peter Redpath at:

– 15-Week, International, online, 2-hour CLC Certificate Course on “The Organizational Genius of St. Thomas Aquinas” to start in mid-January 2018:

– Taught by Dr. Peter A. Redpath (Senior Fellow at the Center for the Study of The Great Ideas, Rector of the Adler-Aquinas Institute, Co-Founder and President of the International Étienne Gilson Society)
            – Cost: $295
            – Class enrollment, limited to 10 students
– For students who successfully complete the class and enroll in the Holy Apostles College and Seminary (HACS) graduate philosophy or theology program course credit will be later transferable toward the introductory HACS Thomistic Studies Graduate Concentration course taught by Dr. Redpath

–  Testimonials:

Peter DeMarco, Founder and CEO, Institute for Priority Thinking, LLC:

“Peter Redpath's teachings about 'The Organizational Genius of St. Thomas Aquinas' are the reason for my success as a leadership coach and budding ethicist in business”

Ancrew Gniadek, Graduate of Holy Apostles College and Seminary Christian Wisdom Philosophy Concentration:

If you want to be a run-of-the-mill leader, continue sitting through those company-paid sessions run by consultants who are essentially snake-oil-fad merchants. If you seek to learn about timeless principles of leadership that will enhance yourself and your organization, and give you a truly competitive edge in business and life, then study, like I did, ‘The Organizational Genius of St. Thomas Aquinas’ with Dr. Redpath. You will not regret it.”

A William McVey, Organizational Consultant in Knowledge and Emergent Behavior

For many years, I had worked in the manufacturing world as the CEO of a Total Quality and Knowledge Management consultant organization dedicated in theory and practice to W. Edwards Deming’s ‘12 Principles of Management.’ I had spent time studying with Deming, and had heard him often express that corporate management required a theory of profound knowledge. Near the end of his career he realized that creation of an organization dedicated to quality required more than the statistical and process tools of TQM, and he started to call for a new type of leadership grounded in an Aristotelian concept of causation and a psychology of excellence.
Five years ago, as I was attempting to develop a new cadre of Deming consultants, I was led by a colleague to the writings of Peter Redpath and have worked with him at his Aquinas School of Leadership since then as he has developed his Thomistic metaphysics of organization and organizational and moral psychology.
As an organizational consultant of the Deming and Drucker schools, I am most indebted to Dr. Redpath. His work in the Metaphysics of Organization and Organizational Moral Psychology have profoundly enriched my understanding of knowledge management. His teachings about the metaphysics of organizational principles are crucial to understanding ‘emergent organizational development.’
I believe the great minds of organizational management of the 20th century (Peter Drucker, Chester I Barnard, and W Edwards Deming) would have enjoyed and celebrated Redpath’s groundbreaking educational program on ‘The Organizational Genius of St. Thomas Aquinas’ as surpassing some of their own teachings. 

– For further information, email Dr. Redpath at:

● Check the Following Link to See Why Pope Francis Maintains His Teachings Follow the Principles of St. Thomas:

 The Thomistic Institute at the Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception Announces:

Meetings for the month of October:

10/2 6 pm at the Catholic Information Center in DC
"Catholicism in the 21st Century": A presentation by Fr. Thomas Joseph White, OP of the Thomistic Institute on his new book 
The Light of Christ: An Introduction to Catholicism. Responses by Mary Eberstadt and Robert Royal. Co-sponsored by the Catholic Information Center.
10/4 7 pm at Tulane University
"Quid Est Veritas? On Truth and the Moral Life" by Jennifer Frey (University of South Carolina). Co-sponsored by Tulane Catholic.     
10/5 12:30 pm at Harvard Medical School
“How Is God Jealous? A Christian Response to Richard Dawkins” by Fr. Nicanor Austriaco, OP (Providence College). Co-sponsored by the Christian Medical and Dental Association and the Catholic Students Association.  
10/5 7 pm at Brown University
"The Compatibility of Neuroscience and the Soul" by James Madden (Benedictine College).
10/5 7 pm at Vanderbilt University
“Moral Realism in a Climate of Moral Doubt” by Candace Vogler (University of Chicago). Co-sponsored by University Catholic.
10/5 7 pm at Williams College
"The Rational Mystery: The Shape of Catholicism in the 21st Century" by Fr. Thomas Joseph White, OP (Thomistic Institute). Hosted by Williams Catholic.
10/10 at the Naval Academy
"Do We Have to Choose Between Evolution and Creation? Modern Science, Creation, and the Christian Faith" by Brian Carl (Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception). Co-sponsored by the Catholic Midshipmen Club.
10/10 7 pm at Johns Hopkins University
“Can Reason Tell Us Anything About God?” by Michael Gorman (Catholic University of America).
10/10 7:30 pm at Columbia University
"How True Is the Bible? Reading the Bible Intelligently and Faithfully" by Fr. Joseph Koterski, SJ (Fordham University). Co-sponsored by Columbia Catholic Ministry.
10/11 6 pm at First Things
“The Light of Christ": Fr. Thomas Joseph White, OP (Thomistic Institute) to be interviewed by R.R. Reno of First Things. Co-sponsored by First Things about his new book 
The Light of Christ: An Introduction to Catholicism.
10/12 at the University of Maryland
“How Not to Ask About the Meaning of Life” by Joshua Hochschild (Mount St. Mary’s University).
10/14 12 pm Wisdom of Aquinas lecture at the Catholic Center at NYU
“Christ Healing and Perfect: the Sacraments in the Christian Life” by Fr. Dominic Langevin, OP (Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception). Co-sponsored by the Catholic Center at NYU.
10/16 6 pm at the Catholic Information Center
“Saved in Hope: the Christian Vision of J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis” by Philip Zaleski (Smith College). Co-sponsored by the Catholic Information Center.
10/16 7 pm at Brown University
Title TBD by Jessica Murdoch (Villanova University). Co-sponsored by the Brown-RISD Catholic Community.
10/17 at University of Oklahoma
“Islamic Philosophy and the Christian Middle Ages” by Therese Cory (University of Notre Dame).
10/18 at University College, Dublin
"On God and Suffering (Title TBD)" by Fr. John Harris, OP (The Irish Province of the Dominican Order). Co-sponsored by the Newman Society at UCD.
10/19 7 pm at UC Berkeley
"Blinded by Scientism? The Proper Role—and Limits—of Science in the Quest for Truth" by Edward Feser (Pasadena City College).
10/19 6 pm at Harvard University
"After-Christ: Understanding Nietzsche's Post-Modern Critique of Christianity" by Fr. Thomas Joseph White, OP (Thomistic Institute). Co-sponsored by the Harvard Catholic Graduate Student Chaplaincy.
10/20 12:30 pm at Harvard Medical School
“Why Rights? Where Rights Come From and What They Mean for Healthcare” by Fr. Thomas Joseph White, OP (Thomistic Institute). Co-sponsored by the Christian Medical and Dental Association and the Catholic Students Association.
10/25 7 pm at University of South Carolina
"Quid Est Veritas? On Truth and the Moral Life" by Jennifer Frey (University of South Carolina).
10/26 at Harvard University
Religious Liberty (title TBD) by Robert George (Princeton University). Co-sponsored by the Harvard Catholic Graduate Student Chaplaincy.
10/26 at MIT
On Business Ethics (title TBD) by Joseph Capizzi (Catholic University of America). Co-sponsored by the Tech Catholic Community.
10/26 at Yale Law School
"America's Three Worldviews: Religious Conflict and Convergence in a Post-Christian Republic" by Ross Douthat (New York Times).
10/27 at Yale University
On Free Will (title TBD) by Sarah Byers (Boston College).
10/30 7 pm at Brown University
On Human Freedom and Divine Grace (title TBD) by Sarah Byers (Boston College).
● The American Maritain Association Announces:
A Call for Papers for its
Hosted by St. Charles Borromeo Seminary
Program Committee: James G. Hanink (President), James M. Jacobs (Vice-President and Program Chair), Joshua W. Schulz (Secretary and Web Editor), Heather M. Erb (Treasurer), Giuseppe Butera (General Editor).2018 marks the 70th anniversary of Jacques Maritain’s acceptance of a teaching post at Princeton University. There he was to be a cultural ambassador between Europe and America. Maritain was often to serve as an ambassador and always as a constructive and creative Thomist.  
In his great work Distinguish to Unite or the Degrees of Knowledge (4th ed., 1959), and in Science and Wisdom (1940) and Philosophy of Nature (1951), Jacques Maritain proved to be an ambassador to contemporary science and, more broadly, the many ways of knowing. Biology, physics, and psychology; space, time, relativity, and quantum theory—he engaged each in light of the perennial philosophy. Other Thomists shared his enthusiasm; Yves Simon and Charles De Koninck come immediately to mind.  
The conference, then, invites proposals on topics including causality, chance, scientific explanation, evolution, hylomorphism, physicalism, and teleology. We welcome proposals that explore the contributions of Simon and De Koninck as well as figures like Stanley Jaki and William Wallace. We also encourage proposals on the cultural impact of contemporary science and its related technologies.
In the tradition of our Association, we look forward to proposals that in various ways further the understanding of the work of Jacques and Raïssa Maritain and of other Thomists who help to clarify our “interesting times.”
Proposals, no longer than two pages long, should be sent to Dr. James M. Jacobs at Submissions are due December 15, 2017. For more information, see

● Thomas International Center Newsletter 9/29/2017

Both of our websites have been successfully moved to a new host. All of our old posts should still be available, but please let us know if they are not; there are too many for us to check! Now that this transition is complete, we will resume our weekly newsletter.
I am pleased to announce that Harrison Lee is our new Program Coordinator. Please welcome him to the center, and read about him here!
Additionally, we have posted a new two-part interview with Jude Dougherty. In the first part, Jude discusses his intellectual autobiography, notable friendships, the value of philosophy, the present state of Thomism, and the role of Christian philosophy in the secular state. The second part of the interview focuses on a recent collection of essays written by Dr. Dougherty and related issues.
Other exciting news is that we are on schedule to meet our main goal this year. Our first video courses will be available through our website in January. Please keep this project in prayer!

- Fulvio Di Blasi
– Daily Videos

David O'Connor lectures on "The Shire or the World: Local vs. Global Loyalties in LOTR."This is the fourth class in his course, "Tolkien's Catholic Beauties in the Lord of the Rings."

Msgr. Jeffrey A. Ingham discusses 
"Memory in the Eucharist"

Christopher Wolfe lectures on 
"The Rise of Equality: Racial Equality II." This is the fourth class in his course, "The Changing Purposes of American Government."

Fr. Robert Gahl 
discusses gender and sexuality

David O'Connor discusses 
"Xenophon and Bill Russell"

Christopher Wolfe lectures on "The Extended Republic and Congress III." This is the sixteenth class in his course, "The Changing American Constitution."

– TIC Weekly Readings

Interview with Jude Dougherty, Part I
Interview with Jude Doughterty, Part II

Fulvio Di Blasi discusses "The Gift of Death in The Lord of the Rings"
Sandy Costa discusses 
"Gratuitous Incivility"

– Upcoming Events

Dr. David O'Connor, Professor of Philosophy at the University of Notre Dame, will discuss "The Perilous Beauty of the Lord of the Rings" at NC State on 10/18

– Highlights

Arthur Powers discusses "Writing as Translation"

– TIC Courses:

Thomas Aquinas' Theory of Human Action. Class 3: The Five Powers of the Human Soul

The Changing American Constitution. 
Class 4: The Evolution of American Principles: Federalism I

Tolkien's Catholic Beauties. 
Class 3: Rereading LOTR through Peter Jackson's Movies

– Recommended Book of the Week

Josef Pieper, Leisure: The Basis of Culture

Spotlights on Our Supporters and Friends

Santo J. Costa

● Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs Upcoming Events
Immediately below is a list of Carnegie Council program events for October 2017. To register for one or more of these events call 212-838-4120. Most events are streamed as live webcasts. Free podcasts and multimedia resources (audios, transcripts, video clips) are available soon after events take place.
A number of student tickets are available.
Event location:
Carnegie Council170 East 64th Street
New York City, New York 10065

How do the contents of the Qur'an compare to other sacred books? How has the text inspired difficulties of interpretation by the West and beyond? (Public Affairs Program)

Garry Wills is a professor of history emeritus at Northwestern University. He is a Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and author of The New York Times best-sellers What Jesus MeantPapal Sin, and Why I am a Catholic.

Date and time: Tuesday, October 3, 2017, 08:00 AM to 9:15 AM

2) Sir Lawrence Freedman speaks on The Future of War
Monday, October 16, 2017, 06:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Ideas of war, strategies for warfare and its practice, and organizing principles of war all have rich and varied origins. In The Future of War, Professor Freedman tells the story of military anticipation—from H. G. Wells to Star Wars, from Helmuth von Moltke to H. R. McMaster, from Sedan to Sudan—all of which have shaped the minds of those who conceive the next war. Can we predict new dangers by looking back at prior conflicts? What cunning plans might a future aggressor have in mind? (Public Affairs Program)

Sir Lawrence Freedman is professor emeritus of war studies at King's College London.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017, ALL DAY (ON/AROUND OCT 18)
October 18 is Global Ethics Day! Why not hold an event exploring the role of ethics in international affairs? These events will be run by each institution as it sees fit while being part of a worldwide Global Ethics Day. We hope you'll join us.

4) Steven A. Cook and James Ketterer discuss False Dawn: Protest, Democracy, and Violence in the New Middle East
Wednesday, October 25, 2017, 06:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Half a decade after Arabs across the Middle East poured into the streets to demand change, hopes for democracy have disappeared in a maelstrom of violence and renewed state repression. How did things go so wrong so quickly across a wide range of regimes? (Ethics Matter Program)
Steven A. Cook is the Eni Enrico Mattei Senior Fellow for Middle East and Africa studies at the Council on Foreign Relations.
James Ketterer is dean of international studies at Bard College and director of the Bard Globalization and International Affairs program.

5) A. C. Grayling speaks on Democracy and Its Crisis
Thursday, October 26, 2017, 06:00 PM to 7:30 PM
With the advent of authoritarian leaders and the simultaneous rise of populism, representative democracy appears to be caught in crisis. What are the current benefits and contradictions of popular sovereignty? What reforms are needed to address the 21st century threats to democracy? (Public Affairs Program)
A. C. Grayling is master of the New College of the Humanities in London and a supernumerary Fellow of St Anne's College, Oxford.
This event is co-sponsored by PEN America.
Carnegie Council's programs, including our free podcasts, audios, and videos, are made possible through the generous donations of supporters like you. Please consider making a tax deductible gift to the Council. We thank you very much for your support.
To host or sponsor a Carnegie Council event, or dedicate an event to a friend, family member, or colleague, please call Jared Rabinowitz at 212-838-4120 ext. 237.
 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:
 Call for Papers Related to Biosemiotics

Paul Cobley <> reports immediately below about a recent Call for Papers:

Special issue “Signs and communication in mimicry” (journal Biosemiotics, Springer)
Guest edited by: Karel Kleisner (Associate Professor/ Head of the Dept. of Philosophy and History of Sciences. Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic) and Timo Maran (Senior Research Fellow, Dept. of Semiotics. University of Tartu. Estonia)
The special issue covers semiotic and communicative aspects of mimicry, Authors interested in participating in this SI should send the proposed title and abstract (up to 2000 characters) by 15 May 2017 to the e-mail addresses: and
The deadline for full papers is 31 December 2017, and the editors expect the issue to be published in early 2019.

 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.

The following paper was presented at the conference “After the End of Revolution: Constitutional Order amid the Crisis of Democracy,” co-organized by the Telos-Paul Piccone Institute and the National Research University Higher School of Economics, September 1–2, 2017, Moscow. For additional details about the conference as well as other upcoming events, please visit the Telos-Paul Piccone Institute website.
Theodor Fontane, the master of German realist fiction, published his first novel, Before the Storm, in 1876. Set during the winter of 1812–13, in and around Berlin, it explores the decisive historical moment when Prussia changed sides—breaking out of its forced alliance with France in order to side with Russia in the anti-Napoleonic war. Yet the dialectic of the moment was such that Germans could join in the rout of the French while nonetheless embracing aspects of the French revolutionary legacy. Thus near the conclusion of the novel, the Prussian General von Bamme, commenting on social changes around him, a reduction in traditional structures of hierarchy, speculates, "And where does all this come from? From over yonder, borne on the west wind. I can make nothing of these windbags of Frenchmen, but in all the rubbish they talk there is none the less a pinch of wisdom. Nothing much is going to come of their Fraternity, nor of their Liberty: but there is something to be said for what they have put between them. For what, after all, does it mean but: a man is a man." Mensch ist mensch.
Continue reading at the Telosscope Blog.
● Aquinas School of Philosophy Site: Rich in Resources related to St. Thomas

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

 International Institute for Culture Sunday Brunch and Lecture Series at Ivy Hall 2017/2018

Goodness, Truth and Beauty are the properties of God, and they inexorably draw us to Him.  We were created by Him and for Him, and when we encounter those realities in our lives we encounter God.  The IIC had presented a series of lectures entitled "In the Beauty of Holiness: Art, Architecture and the Transcendent".  A new series will begin October 8 with the title of "In the Beauty of Holiness:  Music and the Transcendent."  A hot brunch will be served at 12:45 p.m. at Ivy Hall following the 11:30 a.m. Mass at Our Lady of Lourdes.  The lecture will begin at 2:00 p.m.  The suggested donation for the brunch and lecture is $15 per person and $35 per family.

In the Beauty of Holiness: Music and the Transcendent

Sunday, October 8
Dr. Sara Pecknold, Catholic University of America

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