Aquinas Leadership International Update - Late February/March 2018
Peter A. Redpaht writes "to update you about some developments related to the Aquinas Leadership International (ALI), affiliate organizations, and other groups interested in ALI’s work. ..."
● Dr. Curtis L. Hancock to Deliver Inaugural Lecture on 01 March in Paradise Valley, AZ
The Aquinas School of Leadership announces that Freeman Chair of Philosophy at Rockhurst Jesuit University, Curtis L. Hancock, will deliver the inaugural lecture for the newly-formed “Aquinas School of Leadership Lecture Series” as part of Paradise Valley Community College (PVCC) Public Philosophy series sponsored by the PVCC Philosophical Society
Day/Date: Thursday, 01 March 2018
Time: 6:00 to 8:00 PM on
Topic: “Perennial Lessons about Happiness from Aristotle and St. Thomas Aquinas”
● 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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
● Announcing an Ongoing Dialogue about Art between Michela Beatrice Ferri and Elvis Spadoni Nell'ambito della mostra di pittura Elvis Spadoni. LO SPAZIO DEL SACRO inaugurata sabato 17 nella ex Chiesa della Ss. Trinità a Cuorgnè ci siamo interrogati sulle modalità espressive che gli artisti contemporanei scelgono per esprimersi intorno ai temi sacri. In particolare Elvis Spadoni, le cui opere sono in mostra fino al 10 marzo dialogherà con Michela Beatrice Ferri,dottore di ricerca in Filosofia dal 2012, è docente di Aesthetics e di Aesthetics in Sacred Art presso lo Holy Apostles College and Seminary (CT, U.S.A.) e docente di Estetica presso la Accademia di Belle Arti "Santa Giulia" di Brescia. Elvis Spadoni stà realizzando un'opera nella sede della mostra, è possibile vedere l'artista al lavoro e lo stato di avanzamento sabato e domenica durante l'apertura della mostra. Organizzazione: Areacreativa42 in collaborazione con la Città di Cuorgnè Elvis Spadoni. LO SPAZIO DEL SACRO Fino a 10 marzo 2018 ex Chiesa della Ss. Trinità via Milite Ignoto, Cuorgnè (TO) orari: sabato 10-12 15,30-18,30 domenica 15,30-18,30 www.areacreativa42.com
Files should be named and submitted in the following manner:
Submission: First Name Last name. docx (or .doc) / .pdf
Example: “Submission: MaryAndy.docx”
Deadlines: Abstracts should be received by the 01 April 2018.
Acceptance notifications will be sent out by the end of April 2018.
All those accepted will receive information on the venue(s), local attractions, accommodations, restaurants, and planned receptions and events for participants. Presentations should be no longer than 20 minutes. Each presenter will be given 10 additional minutes for questions and discussions with the audience, for a total of 30 minutes.
Organizing Committee/Beyond Humanism Network:
Stefan Lorenz Sorgner, John Cabot University, Rome; Sangkyu Shin, Ewha Woman’s University, Seoul; Evi Sampanikou, University of the Aegean; Francesca Ferrando, NYU, New York; Jaime del Val, Reverso-Metabody, Madrid; Jan Stasienko, University of Lower Silesia, Wroclaw; Maciej Czerniakowski, The John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin
The following video demonstrates the atmosphere during a Beyond Humanism Conference and exemplifies the diversity of Posthuman Studies. It was shot during the 9th Beyond Humanism Conference which took place at John Cabot University in Rome some weeks ago and during which the launch of the Journal of Posthuman Studies was celebrated:
Director of the Beyond Humanism Network; Fellow of the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies; Research Fellow at the Ewha Institute for the Humanities of Ewha Womans University/Seoul; Visiting Fellow at the Ethics Centre of the Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena
● Conference and Journal Announcements from the Arts and Humanities Division of ATINER
The Arts and Humanities Division of ATINER hosted its 5th Annual International Conference on Humanities & Arts in a Global World, sponsored by theAthens Journal of Humanities & Arts. During the two days of the conference, 25 scientific papers were presented by 32 academics and researchers from 11 different countries on five continents (Australia, India, Italy, Poland, Romania, Russia, South Korea, Spain, Turkey, UK and USA). The detailed conference program is available at: https://www.atiner.gr/2018/2018PRO-HUM.pdf. Participants also attended an Academic Dialogue on Global Challenges of Arts and Humanities Education organized by ATINER as part of this conference. Scholars from three different countries (Romania, Spain and USA) formally presented as part of the academic dialogue, while discussion was opened to all participants. The program of this event is available at https://www.atiner.gr/events/3January2018Humanities.pdf.
In addition, ATINER would like to announce that the 6th Annual International Conference on Humanities & Arts in a Global World (https://www.atiner.gr/humanities) has been planned and will take place on 03 and 04 January 2019 in Athens, Greece. You are more than welcome to submit a proposal for presentation. If you plan to attend, you may also send us a stream proposal to be organized as part of the conference. If you need more information, please let me know and our administration will send it to you.
Dr. Nicholas Pappas, Honorary President, ATINER & Professor, Sam Houston State University, USA
Dr. David Philip Wick, Director, Arts and Humanities Division, ATINER & Professor, Gordon College, USA
● Call for Papers, 2018 Telos Europe Conference
Topic: “The Endurance of Empire
Location: Ragusa, Sicily
The end of the two world wars saw the fall of mighty empires—from the Tsarist Empire, the Kaiserreich and the Ottoman Empire to the Third Reich and the Japanese Empire. This was followed by the dissolution of the French and British empires in the 1950s and 1960s. After 1989, the demise of the Soviet Union—dubbed the “evil empire”—seem to confirm the triumph of liberal democracy over tyranny and of national independence over imperial domination. The age of revolution from 1789 to 1989 appeared to mark the end of empire.
But at the same time, the post–Cold War era is often characterized as the hegemony of the Anglophonic liberal empire led by the United States of America. Officially, the United States denies that it is in the business of building an empire, arguing that the independent United States came into existence precisely to throw off the shackles of colonial rule and to fight imperialism everywhere. Donald Rumsfeld famously said in 2003, “We don’t seek empires. We're not imperialistic. We never have been.” In the same year however, Karl Rove—adviser to George W. Bush’s—was quoted as saying that “We're an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality.”
According to the historian Niall Ferguson, “the United States is an empire in denial, and U.S. denial of this poses a real danger to the world. An empire that doesn't recognize its own power is a dangerous one.” If so, then this has implications for Trump's America and just as much for both contemporary Russia and China. Putin's actions in Crimea, Ukraine, and Syria suggest that there is a profound continuity with the Soviet Union and Tsarist Russia. And the “Chinese Dream” invoked by Xi Jinping is the idea that the “Middle Kingdom” will regain what many in China see as her ancient birth-right since the Qin dynasty—a global primacy at the heart of world affairs.
Much of nineteenth- and twentieth-century philosophy and history focused on the decline and fall of empires and civilizations. Faced with the resurgence of imperial politics, a question for the twenty-first century is rather about the endurance of empire both in theory and practice. From Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri's conception of empire as multitude via Pierre Manent's work on the metamorphoses of Western political organization to ideas of liberal empire in International Relations (John Ikenberry or Michael Ignatieff), the attempt to renew this theme requires critical engagement.
Today there is a further twist. Alongside the resurgence of old empires and the emergence of new ones, we are also witnessing the return of nationalism and a reaffirmation of the nation-state as the natural locus of sovereignty. Brexit and the election of Donald Trump reflect popular unrest and a rejection of dominant elites in the name of “taking back control” and “making America great again”—a consequence of the liberal imperium. This raises questions about the endurance of both nationalism and imperialism. Appeals to imperial traditions have often met with ridicule. “Neither holy, nor Roman, nor an empire,” Voltaire quipped. Yet this ignores long-standing continuities in terms of both ideas and institutions, which were marginalized by revolutions but never entirely destroyed.
The 2018 Telos Europe conference will explore the endurance of empire, its nature and meaning. Among others, the questions that will be debated include the following: Are we witnessing the resurgence of old empires or the formation of new ones? Are empires based on economic power and military might, or on ideology and cultural appeal? Winston Churchill remarked that the empires of the future would be "empires of the mind." Can power be contained or is it inherently imperial?
The specific topics of the conference include, but are not limited to, the following:
The meaning of empire and imperial power; the legacy of empire; Westphalia and the rise of national states and transnational markets?Empire, church/mosque/temple/synagogue, and city-state as alternatives to the Westphalian system of states and markets?The Atlantic West as a liberal empire? Are liberalism and empire contradictory or compatible?Western vs. non-Western empires (Russia, China, Muslim caliphate); Old and new empires—ideology and cultural appeal; Nationalism, imperialism, and capitalism; Contemporary conceptions of empire in philosophy, politics, and IR
Russell Berman (Stanford University and Telos); Christopher Coker (London School of Economics and Political Science); Lord (Maurice) Glasman (Common Good Foundation; House of Lords, London); Adrian Pabst (University of Kent and Telos); David Pan (University of California, Irvine, and Telos); Nicholas Rengger (University of St. Andrews), Richard Sakwa (University of Kent)
Telos invites scholars from all disciplines to submit 250-word abstracts along with a short c.v. to email@example.com by March 30, 2018. The criteria for selecting abstracts are as follows:
(1) Relevance to the conference theme; (2) original analysis and argument (not summary or description); and (3) focus (conference presentations should be no longer than 15–20 minutes)
● International Society for Neoplatonic Studies Call for Papers, 13 to 16 June, 2018
The International Society for Neoplatonic Studies announces that its 16th annual conference will be held in Los Angeles on 13 to 16 June 2018 in conjunction with Loyola Marymount University. Panel proposals are due January 22, 2018, and abstracts for presentations (for the panels and for individual sessions) are due February 26. The ISNS will provide a link to the conference website when it is available.
The journal Scientia et Fides(a joint-venture, open-access, online journal published twice a year by the Faculty of Theology of Nicolaus Copernicus University, in Torun, Poland, in collaboration with the Group of Research “Science, Reason, and Faith” [CRYF], at University of Navarra) seeks rigorous research works regarding different aspects of the relationship between science and religion. SetF articles are not confined to the methodology of a single discipline and may cover a wide range of topics, provided that the interdisciplinary dialogue between science and religion is tackled. The Journal accepts articles written in English, Spanish, Polish, French, Italian, and German, which will be evaluated by a peer-review process.
For further information about publishing articles in SetF, see:
Location: St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, Wynnewood, Pennsylvan
●19 to 20 September 2018, École Pratique des Hautes Études Celebrates Gilson as Part of Its 150th Anniversary Celebration
The École Pratique des Hautes Études in Paris is pleased to announce that it will include a series of events on 19 and 20 September 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:
● Colson Fellows Program and 2018 Wilberforce Weekend
Applications are now being accepted for the 2018-2019 class of the Colson Fellows Program!
The Colson Fellows Program is a 10-month-long “deep dive” into the Christian worldview. You will read classics of the Christian faith, participate in on-line webinars with world-class speakers, and attend residencies that will allow you to meet like-minded brothers and sisters in Christ who are on this journey with you.
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 if still available
Featuring, Dr. Remi Brague (University of Paris, Sorbonne), Fr. Dominic Legge, OP (Ponitifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception), Prof. Helen Alvare (George Mason University), Prof. Candace Vogler (University of Chicago) and panel: Dr. R.R. Reno (First Things), Prof. Adrian Vermeule(Harvard Law School) and Prof. Margarita Mooney (Princeton Theological Seminary) 3/3 Wisdom of Aquinas lecture at NYU "The Triune God: The Central Mystery of the Christian Faith" by Fr. John Baptist Ku, OP (Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception) 3/5 lecture at Brown University “Science and Theology of Habitable Worlds around other Stars” by Prof. Karin Oberg (Harvard University) 3/6 lecture at St. Dominic's Church, London "The Light of Christ: the Promise of Catholicism in the 21st Century" by Fr. Thomas Joseph White, OP (Thomistic Institute) 3/7 lecture at Heythrop College, London "The Light of Christ: the Unity of Faith and Reason in the 21st Century" by Fr. Thomas Joseph White, OP (Thomistic Institute) 3/8 lecture at UC Berkeley "Is It Rational to Believe in Miracles?" by Fr. Anselm Ramelow, OP (Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology) 3/8 lecture at Duke University "A Spiritual Lifeline: Why Should We Go to Confession?” by Fr. Dominic Langevin, OP (Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception) 3/9 lecture at MIT "Science and Ethics" by Prof. Stephen Meredith (University of Chicago) 3/15 lecture at Johns Hopkins University By Fr. Nicanor Austriaco, OP (Providence College)
4/12 lecture at Baylor University On Capital Punishment (title TBD) by Prof. Edward Feser (Pasadena City College) 4/17 lecture for the Naval Academy On What Catholics Believe about Mary (title TBD) by Prof. Jessica Murdoch(Villanova University) 4/18 lecture at Columbia University “Can Beauty Save the World” by Fr. Thomas Joseph White, OP (Thomistic Institute) 4/19 lecture at Duke University “Citizens of Two Cities: Christian Faith and Political Action” by Prof. Chad Pecknold (Catholic University of America). 4/19 lecture at Harvard University By Prof. Catherine Pakaluk (Catholic University of America) 4/19 lecture at MIT "The Task of Life: 'Feelings Management' or Human Flourishing?" by Prof. Michael Gorman (Catholic University of America) 4/20 – 4/21 conference at NYU “The Catholic Intellectual and the Challenge of the Contemporary University” Featuring Ross Douthat (New York Times), Prof. Reinhard Huetter (Catholic University of America), Prof. Vincent Phillip Muñoz (University of Notre Dame), Prof. Carlos Eire (Yale University). Co-sponsored by the University of Notre Dame Tocqueville Program
● University of South Africa Thomistic Studies Research Doctoral Program
The University of South Africa in Pretoria has a research doctoral program (PhD) in Philosophy, under the coordination of Prof. Callum David Scott, D.Phil, (email: Scottcd@unisa.ac.za) that may accept graduates of Holy Apostles College & Seminary Graduate M.A. Concentration in Thomistic Studies for doctoral studies with a focus in Thomistic philosophy. The costs of the program include 7,840 South African Rand for the research proposal, which equals $643 US Dollars, then, 15,400 South African Rand per year, which equals $1,263 US Dollars per year. For more information on tuition, see https://tinyurl.com/unisa-tuition. So, for about $2,000 USD, students can get started on a doctorate in philosophy, working from the comfort of their homes in the United States. Please note that the academic year runs from January-December, applications can only be made from around September of the preceding year. For information to the Holy Apostles Graduate Concentration in Thomistic Studies contact Dr. Peter A. Redpath at: firstname.lastname@example.org.The time limit for completion of the Pretoria program is 6 years.
● 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:
For anyone who has encountered claims by some philosophers of science to the effect that special relativity entails the theory called “eternalism,” which denies free will and is usually used in support of a form of atheistic materialism, Dennis Bonnette has sent along a link to a wonderful new article by Daniel Castellano, defending the reality of motion and time and explaining in detail why and how eternalism does not flow from special relativity. Dr. Bonnette reports is an important article for anyone dealing with some of the new breed of atheistic materialists.
In our last newsletter, we shared with you some very exciting news: by that time, over ten students had already enrolled in online courses through the newly minted Thomas International University. Promising signs of success just keep appearing, however, and our course enrollment has even doubled since the time of that letter. We now have over twenty students enrolled! Each of these students has been allured by our promise to offer them rational guidance in penetrating the deepest truths of human existence, exploring the great discoveries about our place within the cosmos that lay at the very heart of Western civilization.
“Blessed are those who find wisdom, those who gain understanding, for she is more profitable than silver and yields better returns than gold” (Proverbs 3:13-14).
We are also delighted to announce that five talented high school students will be enrolling in our course “The Invention of Philosophical Rationality” on scholarship! Their high school professor has agreed to team up with Professor Di Blasi, TIC President, to assist in grading their work, and a few gracious anonymous donors have already agreed to contribute to their scholarships.
Moreover, two recent graduates of NC State University also enrolled in the aforementioned course, likewise on scholarship, and we hope to find enough resources to let them into the entire Certificate Program “The Roots of the Western Intellectual Tradition.” We have also a student from Ghana who would like to enroll in the same Certificate Program but who himself does not have the financial resources to do so. These students are thrilled to have the opportunity to round out their secular education with the study of perennial topics pointing to the transcendent ends of human life and action.
In order to fund each of these students with scholarships, and to offer as well competitive scholarship opportunities for other students from the general public, we need yourhelp!With a gift of $279, you can allow a student to take one of our basic one-credit courses. With a gift of $679, you can allow a student to take our three-credit course, “The Birth of Philosophy and the Logic of Becoming,” which explores how the attempt to understand the changes within nature inaugurated by the Ancient Greeks eventuated in the discovery of moral philosophy and even of the existence of God. With a gift of $2886, you can allow a student to take our Certificate Program on “The Roots of the Western Intellectual Tradition.”
Remember always that every gift counts!
Harrison Lee, TIC Program Coordinator
●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:
“I love the dialogs. They are engaging, not boring, not difficult for beginners, and effectively wise. You accomplished what I tried in the chapter on the 5 ways in my Yes or No? much better than I did.”– Dr. Peter Kreeft, Professor of Philosophy at Boston College, MA
“It’s very difficult to present substantive philosophical ideas in a way that is popularly accessible and entertaining. But Fradd and Delfino pull it off admirably in this fine book. Read, learn, and enjoy.”– Dr. Edward Feser, Associate Professor of Philosophy at Pasadena City College, CA
See, also, the latest publications from St. Augustine's Press: