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Monday, October 1, 2018

Aquinas Leadership International Update - October 2018

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

  • As part of the 150th Anniversary Celebration of the Founding of École Pratique des Hautes Études in Paris, Drs. Piotr Jaroszyński and Richard Fafara were Presented with the Prestigious Aquinas Medal for Excellence in Christian Philosophy during a Special EPHE-Sponsored International Colloquium on:
"Étienne Gilson (1884–1978), Medievalist and Philosopher, Man of Faith and Man of Action"
Date: 20 September 2018
Location: The Sorbonne (Liard Amphitheater).
Presentation by: Michel Cacouros, EPHE Maître de conférences Habilité, Sciences Historiques et Philologiques and Peter A. Redpath, Presiident, International Étienne Gilson Society
See Video of Presentation Here:,6

Topic: “How, If in Any Way, are Metaphysics, Ethics, Cultural Leadership, and Politics Essentially Related?”

Dates: Thursday Evening, 02 May 2019–Saturday Evening, 04 May 2019
Location: Paradise Valley Community College, Phoenix, Arizona and Spirit in the Desert Retreat Center, Carefree, Arizona
Congress Details: If you are interested in presenting a paper or organizing a panel at this World Congress, ASAP, please contact Congress Chair Peter Redpath at:
  • Some YouTube Videos from the Hugely Successful 5th Annual Aquinas Leadership International World Congress Now Available for Viewing
To view these videos, including the Memorial Tribute to Our Colleague Eric McLuhan, go to the following link on the Aquinas School of Leadership's "Events" menu:

  • The Institute of Catholic Theology Announces a New "All Access Pass" Call for Fall Programs
The theme for this semester is Liturgy and will feature presentations by Fr. Keith Kenney, Fr. Daniel Cardó and Fr. Robert Bolding. The All Access Pass includes admission to the September and October Saturday Lectures Series, the new Tuesday night Seminars in Catholic Theology, First Saturdays with the Saints, as well as the November Southwest Biblical Conference. 
For more information about this program, see:

  • Call for Papers for the 4th International Conference on Communication & Media Studies
Dates:  26–28 September 2019
Location: University of Bonn, Bonn, Germany
Topic: "The Future of Democracy in the Digital Age"
If interested, submit proposal by 26 October 2018 to the following address:

  • Call for Papers for Medieval Philosophy at the 2019 Saint Louis Annual Symposium for Medieval and Renaissance Studies 
Dates:  June 17–19, 2019
Location: St. Louis University, St. Louis, Mo.
Organizers and Contact Information: Susan Brower-Toland ( Jenny Pelletier (

Conference Details: Every year, the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies at Saint Louis University ( hosts a symposium on medieval and Renaissance studies. As with other large, inter-disciplinary conferences of this kind, there is ample to room to expand the representation of philosophy. Moreover, the symposium provides historians of philosophy the opportunity to see what research is being conducted in other areas, e.g. medieval and Renaissance intellectual history, art history, literature, etc. We would like to organize two sessions, broad thematically, devoted to philosophy and philosophical theology. Proposed Sessions: 1. Medieval Philosophy: Metaphysical Themes 2. Medieval Philosophy: Ethical Themes We welcome abstracts on any topic and any philosopher that falls within these two areas, extending into the Renaissance and late Scholasticism.
Please submit abstracts of about 200 words and include a short CV. Deadline for abstracts: November 30, 2018; Notification date: December 15, 2018

  • See the Following Link for a List of Fall Events Offered by the Thomistic Institute:

  • Conference and Journal Announcements from the Arts and Humanities Division of ATINER
The Humanities Division of ATINER would like to announce that the 6th Annual International Conference on Humanities & Arts in a Global World 
has been planned and will take place on 0and 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 AITNER'S administration will send it to you. The schedule of events is available at: and
AITNER'S stream//panel policy is outlined on:
You can also always consider the possibility of submitting papers for publication in AITNER'S academic journals or take part in these publication projects by reviewing papers. Journal publication does not require attendance at our conferences, and it is free of submission and publication charges. For details, see our Journal Policy at
Dr. Gregory T. Papanikos, President, ATINER & Honorary Professor of Economics, University of Sterling, UK

  • 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:

  • The Angelicum Academy Great Books Program Announces It is Now Enrolling Students for Its REVOLUTIONARY: 
"Angelicum Academy at Holy Apostles College"
Among other reasons, this Program is Revolutionary because:
1) It enables students to acquire an Associate's degree in the Great Books totally online by the end of 12th grade and a Bachelor's degree as little as two years later.
2) Thanks to the agreement between the Angelicum Academy and Holy Apostles College, total tuition cost for the BA degree is under $30,000, while the average total cost of a four-year BA in private colleges is $180,000+.
3) It includes 12 credits of online Theology courses developed for the Angelicum Academy by Fr. Joseph Fessio, S.J.
COLLEGE CREDITS: Angelicum Academy students may earn from 1-75 college credits while home schooling (in grades 9-12) or while in high school, or later. They may earn their accredited Associate’s degree (from Holy Apostles College -requires 60 credits) while in high school or home school (grades 9-12, or later), or they may take individual college-level courses for transfer elsewhere – to other of the hundreds of colleges and universities that accept ACE recommended credits. Students who earn their Associate’s degree while in home school (grades 9-12) or high school, may earn a further 15 credits then as well, enabling them to complete 75 credits towards their accredited bachelor’s degree (requires 120 credits) – that is nearly 2/3rds of their bachelor’s degree, for a fraction of the cost elsewhere.
For more information about this program, see:

  • The University of South Africa and the John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin Thomistic Studies Research Doctoral Programs:
The University of South Africa in Pretoria has an online research doctoral program (PhD) in Philosophy that includes Thomistic studies. The Aquinas School of Leadership in the US is helping to promote this program for students contemplating, or currently, pursuing a graduate Master’s degree in Thomistic Studies and link this degree from the University of South Africa to  a follow-up, second Ph. D. degree from the John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin.
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. The time limit for completion of the Pretoria program is 6 years.
For information about this program, contact Dr. Peter A. Redpath at:

  • 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:
Also, see a list of thought-provoking articles by Aquinas School of Philosophy founder Dr. Dennis Bonnette at this site:

  • The International Étienne Gilson Society, Studia Gilsoniana
The IEGS again congratulates Fr. Pawel Tarasiewicz and his Editorial Staff for the exceptionally high quality of the recent issue of the Studia Gilsoniana journal. Go to this link to see the 2018 issues through September:,47
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:,4
See the following link to make a donation to the work of the IEGS:,2

  • See the recent publication by Florian Michel:
Étienne GilsonUn Biographie Intellectuelle et Politique 
Publisher:  Librairie Philosophique J Vrin (March 10, 2018)
Series: Varia
Edition: French paperback edition, 464 pp.
For More Information, Go to:

  • See the Latest Liberty Fund Book Publications and Sponsored Events at:

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Give Someone a Present of a Membership in the Center. See:
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to post information on the Center’s blogspot:

  • 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 links for recent publications by En Route Books & Media and St. Augustine Press:

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