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Saturday, December 16, 2017

Aquinas Leadership International December 2017 Update

Peter A. Redpath emailed about some developments related to the Aquinas Leadership International (ALI), affiliate organizations, and other groups interested in ALI’s work:

● Fifth Annual Aquinas Leadership International World Congress Topic
The chief topic for the ALI 20 to 22 July 2018, 5th annual Aquinas Leadership International Conference at the Immaculate Conception Seminary in Huntington, Long Island, NY, USA, will be:
“Artificial Intelligence and the Futures of Philosophy, Global Leadership, and World Peace”
If you would like to co-sponsor this meeting, prepare a paper, participate in, or organize, a panel related to this topic, contact the Congress Chair, Peter Redpath, at:
● The Aquinas School of Leadership Center for Leadership Coaching (ASLCLC) Enrichment Course on The Organizational Genius of St. Thomas Aquinas
Dr. Sebastian Mahfood, OPProfessor of Interdisciplinary Studies and Vice-President of External AffairsHoly Apostles College & Seminary, sends the following announcement:
“Good morning, friends, 
Starting in mid-January, through his Aquinas School of Leadership Center for Leadership Coaching (ASLCLC), Dr. Peter A. Redpath will offer a non-credit 15-week, 1-hour, online, international, ASLCLC certificate course on “The Samurai Thomism of Miyamoto Musashi as an Application of the Tao of St. Thomas Aquinas” dealing with the organizational genius of St. Thomas Aquinas.
            This course will include a mix of graduate student and executive participants (from business, the military, and institutes [for example, the Center for the Study of The Great Ideas, the London Center for Policy Research, West Point graduates, the Caux Roundtable, the Adler-Aquinas Institute, and other international leadership groups]).The focus of attention of this class will be on Musashi's short work The Book of the Five Rings and organizational principles of St. Thomas that Dr. Redpath discusses in his HACS PHS 731 graduate courses "The One and the Many" and PHS 761 on "The Good, the Bad, the Beautiful, and the Ugly." No readings from Aquinas will be required. As content for discussion from St. Thomas, Dr. Redpath will provide from his 2 courses select YouTube URLs and an accompanying transcript, plus suggested downloadable readings.
The chief aim of the course will be to show that what made this 17th-century Japanese Samurai warrior the master of Samurai fighting of his time was his consistent application of psychological organizational principles that comprise the organizational genius of St. Thomas Aquinas.
For those who successfully complete this course and later are accepted as students into the Holy Apostles College and Seminary graduate program, HACS will allow Dr. Redpath to apply participation credit for this ASLCLC certificate class to his PHS 731 HACS Christian Wisdom Concentration Course.
The total cost of the seminar, apart from the modest cost of purchase of Musashi's book, is $295. Class size will be limited to 10 students, and several students have already registered. For further details, please contact Dr. Redpath at
Have a most blessed Advent!”

● Holy Apostles College and Seminary Partners with the Thomas International Center to Grant College Credit for New TIC Online University


Fulvio di Blasi, president of the Thomas International Center, sends to following announcement:


“Dear Friends,

Today is the beginning of a new era for the Thomas International project. Registration is officially open for our first online courses, which will start between January and May 2018.

And we already have a first student who registered online! Please, visit the TIC Online University website and rejoice with us!

I made you a promise that required so many sacrifices. We even canceled the St. Nicholas Ball 2017, because it was fitting that this time the celebration should wait for the event to be celebrated. It was worth it. We have activated 26 courses and two 15-credit programs: “TIC Catholic Liberal Arts Studies Program” and “The Roots of the Western Intellectual Tradition.”

The first will also be available through our partner Holy Apostles College.

As I told you in my previous message, this goes far beyond our best expectations. Not to mention that we are already working on even more courses that will be activated by the end of 2018. I must confess that I myself did not expect such a growth rate, given the few resources that we have. It is evident that we have energies that do not come from this world.

Even if we will not be together at the St. Nicholas Ball in these days before Christmas, we can celebrate this event together in spirit. We will celebrate it together physically next year. I do not ask you to believe in this project now because the results are tangible. Those who see do not need to believe. However, I ask you to support us as you would have done if we had the St. Nicolas Ball. The Thomas International team and I have made an extraordinary effort this year. In the spirit of St. Nicholas, I ASK YOU TO MAKE AN EFFORT too THIS MONTH! We face a 2018 full of satisfaction, but also of strong commitment and even greater efforts.

We need your help and your prayers!


Merry Christmas to all, and God bless you!


P.S. The 
TIC Online University website has just been completed and, of course, we are still in the process of correcting and editing it. I thank in advance everyone who will take the time to send us suggestions and report any problems.” 

● See the Exciting News Below from Our Colleague Joseph Pearce
“Dear Friends of Catholic Education,

If you have not yet seen the Cardinal Newman Society’s journal, of which I am honoured and privileged to be the editor, I’d like to invite you to take a look. Here’s the link:
As you can see, we are aiming to publish new daily content on all aspects of Catholic education. Furthermore, we are aiming to publish articles by a wide range of Catholic educators and others who are passionate about the future of authentic Catholic education.
Articles are focused on exploring and communicating the mission, nature, curriculum, and methods of faithful Catholic education at all levels; helping educators and education leaders strengthen the Catholic identity of Catholic education by identifying and analyzing best practices, standards, and curriculum content; analyzing cultural issues and developments that impact the Catholic identity of Catholic education; and celebrating the benefits and cultural impact of faithful Catholic education.
If you would like to write for the journal, please contact me or submit an article (which should be between 600 to 1,200 words in length). All correspondence and articles should be sent to me at
I hope to hear from you soon.

Faithfully in Christ,

 Joseph Pearce
 Senior Fellow and Editor"

● The Telos Paul Piccone Institute Announces the Following Conference:

Dates: 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.
See the following link for more information:
● Women in Leadership Conference, Harvard Faculty Club

The National Women Leadership Conference, a two-day summit for women in higher-education, is seeking speakers.
The conference is Oct. 2-3, 2018 at the Harvard Faculty Club in Boston, and we are seeking topic proposals related to women in higher-education leadership. Attendees are senior-level university administrators from around the nation.
If you or someone you know would like to speak, please submit a proposal through the conference website:
First-round selection deadline is Dec. 31, 2017.
If you have any questions, please phone Lynn Larkin at: 702-900-8651

● Holy The National Association of Scholars Announces Its First 2018 Conference, in Phoenix:

The NAS's first conference of 2018 partners with Great Hearts Academies in Phoenix, Arizona on the topic:

“What Is Western Civilization?” 

Dates: Friday, February 9 to Saturday, February 10, 2018
Location: Veritas Preparatory Academy
3102 N 56th St #100
Phoenix, AZ 85018

Tickets include Saturday breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Early Registration (by January 15): $75

Student Early Registration (by January 15): $50

Late Registration (after January 15): $100

Student Late Registration (after January 15): $65

Current NAS members will receive a discount code by email for a $25 discount. If you are a current NAS member and have not received this code by 12/7, please email Ashley Thorne
● Gilson Study Special Series Announces 3 New Titles from Brill Publishing
Please note the following books published in 2017 by Brill Publishing as part of the Gilson Stuy Special Series. They would make terrific Christmas presents for some philosopher/theologian colleagues, and great orders for college and university libraries.
1)      Piotr Jaroszyński: Metaphysics or Ontology?
2)      Brian Kemple: Ens Primum Cognitum in Thomas Aquinas and the Tradition 
3)      Robert Trundle: Integrated Truth and Existential Phenomenology 
●  For Anyone in Need of an Expert Copy Editor to Prepare Your Typescript for Publication 
Contact: Elizabeth Boepple at
Immediately below are some of Elizabeth’s many skills:
Line editing for grammar, punctuation, vocabulary, spelling, syntax, sentence construction.
Consistency in American/British English as needed. Elimination of repetition, assistance with organization if needed.
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Depending on the intended readership, alert authors to places where jargon can be replaced with ordinary language, or with clear explanation of the meaning of terms (occasionally, suggest notes and citations where the core concepts are more fully developed).
Formatting according to house style of publisher with which book is under contract, with special attention to required documentation formatting.
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Remain alert to issues of historical accuracy (suggest revision based on facts researched and presented to author)
Assistance with translation of quotations; e.g., finding published translations of classical Greek, Latin, etc.; translation of basic French, Spanish, Latin
Creating camera-ready copy; as opposed to type-setting, this is special formatting to create the final formatting ready for printing as-is, with no additional revisions by the publisher (includes removing orphans, widows, ladders)

● The International Etienne Gilson Society Sends Thanks to Fr. Pawel Tarasiewicz and His Editorial Staff

Special thanks are sent to Fr. Pawel and his staff for creation of the new IEGS website: and for the great job they do maintaining and growing the World-Class Philosophical JournalStudia Gilsoniana,16
If you are not yet a member of the IEGS, please consider joining to support our ongoing work. If you are a member and have not yet paid your annual dues, please do so.
See the following link to join or pay dues:
See the following link to make a donation to the work of the IEGS: 
● The Thomistic Institute at the Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception Announces the Following Events:
● 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

● Some Messages from the Center for the Study of The Great Ideas:

 Give Someone the Christmas Present of a Membership in the Center. See:
Contact Peter Redpath ( to post information on the Center’s blogspot:
 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 foundingin 1868. For more information about the celebration, see:
or contact Coordinateur de l’événemnt Michel Cacouros, Maître de conférences Habilité, Sciences Historiques et Philologiques at:\
● The Thomistic Institute at the Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception Announces the Following Events:
● 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:
  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.
● 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, 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 "In the Beauty of Holiness:  Music and the Transcendent" has events listed below.  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, January 7
"The Language of Music to Address the Holy"
Mark Bradford, former Director of Sacred Music, St. Charles Borromeo Seminary
Sunday, February 4
"Pythagoras, Bach and Universal Harmony in the Great B-Minor Mass"
Dr. Lorenzo Candelaria
Sunday, March 4:
"Music in Honor of San Gennaro: Early Modern Martyr, 
Miracle Worker, and Musical Protagonist"
Dr. Anthony DelDonna
Sunday, April 8
"The Island of Catholic Exuberance in Protestant Germany: 
Music of the Dresden Court"
Dr. Timothy McDonnel
● The Colson Center for Christian Worldview Announces 2018 Wilberforce Weekend
Join us May 18-20, 2018
400 New Jersey Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001

You are cordially invited to the 2018 Wilberforce Weekend! The Wilberforce Weekend is an annual gathering designed to equip believers in Christian worldview and prepare them for cultural renewal. As the flagship event of the Colson Center, the weekend features world-class speakers, networking of Christian leaders, and a homecoming reunion of friends and alumni of the Colson Center / Colson Fellows program. Highlighting the weekend will be the inspirational recognition of a Christian leader with the Wilberforce Award on Saturday evening—followed by the official commissioning of the 2018 class of Colson Fellows on Sunday morning.
Take advantage of $300 Early Bird Pricing
Colson Center

● 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:                                                                                                                  
 En Route Books & Media and St. Augustine’s Press
Check out the following link for new book publication as Christmas gifts:

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Best wishes and Merry Christmas

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