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Monday, July 1, 2019

Aquinas Leadership International Update - June 2019

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

● With utmost joy we celebrate that our colleague

                               ARTHUR WILLIAM MCVEY 

recently successfully defended his doctoral thesis entitled

                          "Soulful Organizational Leadership"

    He was granted the degree of "International Doctor"
 with "Highest Distinction" given in Spain, Cum laude, by



● Check out recent radio interviews by our colleagues James Hanink and Mario-Ramos Reyes on the En Route Media WCAT radio show, “The Open Door” at:


● Announcing a “Call for Papers” from Ave Maria University 

Topic: "Thomas Aquinas and the Crisis of Christology"

Dates: 07–08 February 2020

Location: Ave Maria University, Ave Maria, Florida

Sponsored by: The Henkels Lecture Fund, in conjunction with Ave Maria University Aquinas Center for Theological Renewal and the Thomistic Institute of the Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception at the Domiinican House of Studies (Washington, D.C.)

Submission, and other, details: Brief proposals should be submitted to by 01 August 2019. Notification of acceptance will be given by 01 December 2019. For more information about the conference, see:

● Announcing a “Call for Papers” for the 12th East/West Philosophers’ Conference

Topic: “Walls: Thinking through Insularity”

Dates: 22–29 May 2020

Location: University of Hawaii, Honolulu

Co-sponsoring organizations: The East/West Center and the University of Hawaii

Conference co-directors: Roger T. Ames, Peter D. Hershock, and Tamara Albertini

Paper and panel submission details:
Proposals are invited for individual papers and panels. Please submit a 250-300 word abstract to the Conference organizers via:
Submission timeline: 01 November 2019

Notifications of acceptance for abstracts and panel proposals received by the November 1 will be sent out by 15 December 2019. An early submission timeline has been established to facilitate faculty applying to their own institutions for travel funding.

Abstracts received after 01 November 2019 will be vetted as received, taking into consideration the late submission. The absolute deadline for abstract submissions is 15 March 2020. After this, we will not be able to accommodate additional proposals.

Final papers due: 15 April 2020

For more information about the conference, go to:

 See the link immediately below for an all-access pass to Institute of Catholic Theology spring 2019 lectures:

● Divine Mercy University, Washington, D.C. announces scholarships available for graduate courses in:

Clinical Paychology, and Counseling

For more information, go to: 

● Announcing “Call for Papers” from the Metaphysical Society of America for 2020 annual conference

Theme: “Nature and its Meanings”

In 2020, the 70th anniversary of its founding, the theme of the Metaphysical Society of America’s annual meeting will be “Nature and its Meanings.”  Papers treating any aspect of this wide issue, whether thematic or historical, are welcome. 

Location: College of the Holy Cross (Worcester, Massachusetts

Dates: 19 to 22 March 2020
500-word abstracts should be sent electronically by 01 September 2019 to Lawrence Cahoone, Professor of Philosophy, College of the Holy Cross at: The Program Committee will then select the conference papers. Those whose abstracts are chosen should submit completed papers by 15 January 2020 to allow review by commentators and publication of the program.  Further information on the conference will become available at:

Aristotle Prize: Papers submitted by persons who have not yet earned a Ph.D. or who have received a Ph.D. within five years of the submission date will be considered for the Aristotle prize, if the Program Committee is made aware of their eligibility.  The prize carries a cash award of $500, inclusion in the program, and assistance with the costs associated with attending the meeting.  Graduate students and recent Ph.D.s are encouraged to apply.  Full papers must be submitted for the prize by September 1, 2019.

Travel Grants for Graduate Students: Thanks to the generous support of past presidents of the MSA and a grant from the Hocking-Cabot Fund for Systematic Philosophy, we are pleased to offer travel grants to graduate students whose papers are selected for the program for our annual meeting.  More information and an application can be found on the Society’s website.

● The Catholic Education Foundation announces an intensive 4-day seminar for bishops, priests, and seminarians

Location: Seton Hall University, South Orange, New Jersey

Dates: 16–19 July 2019

Invited participants: Clergy who are (or who wish to be) pastors, parochial vicars, or those directly involved in the elementary or secondary school apostolate

For further information contact Fr. Peter Stravinskas at: 732-914-1222 or

● The 14th World Congress of Semiotics

Dates:  September 09–13, 2019

Location: National University of Arts (UNA), Buenos, Argentina

Topic: "Trajectories"

For more information about the Congress, see:

● Announcing a “Call for Papers” for the 2020 Annual Telos-Paul Piccone Institute Conference

Topic: “After the Welfare State: Reconceiving Mutual Aid”

Keynote speaker: Catherine Malabou, Kingston University and University of California, Irvine

Dates: 15–16 February 2020

Location: Deutsches Haus at New York University
New York, NY

Abstract submissions information and guidelines:

Abstracts for this conference will only be accepted from current Telos-Paul Piccone Institute members. To become a member, please visit the 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 250-word abstracts along with a short c.v. to by 30 September 2019. Please place "The 2020 Telos Conference" in the email's subject line.

For more Conference information, see:

● The Clarity Fund for the Study of Reason, Moral Law, and Culture, announces its formation and activities here:

● Announcement of Job Opening for School Headmaster

St. John Bosco School/Chesterton Academy (combined, k-12) in Rochester, NY, is searching for a new headmaster going into the 2019-2020 school year. 

If interested in applying, please contact Joe Indelicato with a cover letter and CV at

● Announcing CEINDO international doctoral collaboration scholarships

CEINDO collaboration scholarships aim to reward academic achievement and active collaboration with a CEINDO doctoral institution. For these purposes, a tuition scholarship is being offered for each of official doctoral program of CEINDO. CEINDO, or CEU, International School of Doctoral Studies brings together research groups made up of doctors with proven track records in research.

CEINDO’s teaching project focuses on training large groups of researchers specializing in the diverse programs offered by the School. The main goal is to establish a network of internationally renowned researchers. To these ends, all three CEU Universities promote inter-university doctoral programs and foster collaboration among the most prestigious university institutions, enabling trainee researchers to participate in research projects of European and international repute.

For more information about CEINDO, see:

The doctoral program in Humanities for the Contemporary World has three lines: Philosophy, History, and Literature. It is possible to follow this program online with the University Abat Oliba in Barcelona, but knowledge of the Spanish language is required.

For more information about CEINDO, or CEU, doctoral program in Philosophy at the University Abaat Oliba, in Barcelona, Spani, contact Prof. Enrique Martinez at:

● Announcing REALITYa journal of philosophical discourse

“Why another philosophy journal?  Aren’t there too many already?  Why not just publish in something that is already established?” 

There are many—perhaps too many—philosophy journals in existence today: too many journals that, for all they produce, struggle to contribute to the depth of philosophical understanding.  Most articles are rarely, if ever, read, let alone cited—even in the best known and most read journals with the greatest reputations. 

In consequence, being published in academic journals today does more for the author’s CV than it does for the journal’s quality or for readers seeking new and important arguments and insights. 

Reality aims to provide a new form of academic journal, suited to the age of digital technology, which strives to publish philosophical truth about reality and to engage its authors, reviewers, and readers in an on-going dialogue. 

A large part of this is our approach to peer review, which seeks to avoid the biggest problems plaguing the current system. Click here to see more about our approach—including our innovations with peer review.  (Please note that has not yet officially launched, and the site is only in a preview state accessible only to recipients of this initial CFP.) 

Our plan is to launch the website publicly together with the release of our first Issue in August/September 2019. Simultaneous with the first Issue, we will post several other ArticlesEssays, and Book Reviews, along with Calls for Papers for the next three Issues. 

A We are seeking two submissions to include in the first published issue. We will also post any others we believe worthy of publication online. 

In addition to contributions to this first issue, we are also looking for regular, trusted contributors and supporters to help build our journal into an exemplar of a better academic publishing paradigm for the digital age. If you would like to participate in this project in any capacity—whether as an author, a reviewer, or simply helping to spread awareness of the journal—please let us know, and feel free to email any questions for further clarifications about our process, our content types, or our team 

Brian Kemple, Executive Editor n behalf of the
Reality Editorial Team
(John H. Boyer, Austin Choate, Francisco Plaza, Daniel C. Wagner)

● Thomas International Center announces recent TIC events are now listed at:

● See the following link for all upcoming events sponsored by the Thomistic Institute in Washington, D.C.:

●  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:
● Go to the following link to get latest updates from the Benedict XVI Institute:

● 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 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:

● Check out the following site as a great resource tool: Library Genesis

You can download scholarly works to your computer, bookmark them, read them from the computer, send them to a printer, etc.

For example, immediately below are offerings related to Mortimer J. Adler and St. Thomas Aquinas:

Adler offerings:

Aquinas offerings:

You can download them to your computer, bookmark them and read them from the computer, send them to a printer, etc.

● 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:

● Check out the following link for latest offerings from the Liberty Fund:

● 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 current issue for 2019:

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:

● Our colleague Brian Kemple announces publication of a short Introduction to Philosophical Principles

Book details:

This book aims principally at introducing the habits of philosophical reflection for those who cannot or do not want to enroll in university classes, but who want a systematic approach to philosophy nonetheless. This work is being offered as a free e-book and as an inexpensive paperback via Amazon. The author thinks—or at least hopes—it will help fill a growing need.

● Check out new publications from Public Philosophy Press:

● New publications from Telos Press can be found at:

● Go to the following links to see new titles from En Route Books & Media, St. Augustine Press, and Ignatius Press:

● The latest issue of The Catholic Educator magazine is now available at:

● From The Center for the Study of The Great Ideas to give someone a present of a membership in the Center, see:

Contact Peter Redpath 

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