Upcoming Events

See below for various Thomistic Institute events. For past events, click here.

Wednesday
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Fall Semester 2016

 

September

9/1 4:00 pm at Baylor University (Alexander Reading Room)
“The Problem of Social Justice: A Catholic Approach” by Dr. Russell Hittinger (University of Tulsa)
 
9/8 7:00 pm at Harvard University (Fong Auditorium in Boylston Hall)
“Is Faith Irrational? Aquinas on Rational Belief” by Fr. Dominic Legge, O.P. (Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception). Co-sponsored by the Harvard-Radcliffe Catholic Student Association. 
 
9/10 3:00 pm a debate at New York University (the Catholic Center at NYU)
“Happiness Without Religion: A Philosophical Debate” with:
Fr. Thomas Joseph White, O.P. (The Thomistic Institute),
Dr. Candace Vogler (University of Chicago)
Dr. Jennifer Frey
 (University of South Carolina).
Co-sponsored by the Virtue, Happiness, and Meaning of Life Project at the University of Chicago. 

 
9/14 6:00 pm at the Catholic Information Center in DC 
“Our Common Identity: What It Means to Be Human in an Age of Confusion” by Fr. Stephen Fields, S.J. (Georgetown University).
The first of a three-part series on the human person, co-sponsored by the Catholic Information Center.
 
9/14 7:30 pm at Columbia University (Corpus Christi Church):
“How to be a Radical” by Frater Urban Hannon (St. Michael’s Abbey).
Co-sponsored by Columbia Catholic Ministry.
 
9/15 6:00 pm at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Building 3, Room 3-270)
"The Illusion of Conflict: A Catholic Understanding of Faith, Reason, and Empirical Science" by Fr. Dominic Legge, O.P. (Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception).
Co-sponsored by the Tech Catholic Community. 
 
9/19 4:30 pm at Yale University (Room 211 in the Hall of Graduate Studies):
“The Reality of the Soul in an Age of Neuroscience” by Fr. Michael Dodds, O.P. (Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology).
Co-sponsored by Yale’s Religious Studies Department as a Newman Lecture. 
 
9/21 7:00 pm at Brown University (Smith-Buonnano 201):
“Dante and the Mind that is Catholic” by Dr. Robert Royal (Faith and Reason Institute).
Co-sponsored by the Brown-RISD Catholic Community.
 
9/22 6:00 pm at Harvard University (Wasserstein Hall B015, Harvard Law School):
“Virtue and the Desire for Happiness in a Secular Age” by Fr. Nicanor Austriaco, OP (Providence College). Co-sponsored by the Harvard Catholic Graduate Student Chaplaincy and Harvard’s Catholic Law Students Association.

9/22 11:30 am at the University of Virginia (Withers Brown 126):
“Created Equal or Variated Moral Status? Rival Views of the Human Being Prior to Birth” by Dr. Christopher Kaczor (Loyola Marymount University).
Co-sponsored by UVA Advocates for Life. 
 
9/22 7:00 pm at the University of Virginia (St. Thomas Aquinas Parish)
“The Creator of Jefferson's Declaration of Independence: Natural Law, Inalienable Rights, and a Just Political Order” by Dr. Christopher Kaczor(Loyola Marymount University).
Co-sponsored by the St. Thomas More Society.

9/22 - 9/24 a conference at The Dominican House of Studies in DC:
“Ad Limina Apostolorum: Vatican II and the Future of Catholic-Protestant Ecumenism” featuring:
Dr. Matthew Levering, Dr. Hans Boersma, Dr. Kate Sonderegger, Dr. Lewis Ayres, Dr. John Bowlin, Fr. Richard Schenk, O.P., Dr. Bruce Marshall, Dr. Christoph Schwoebel, Dr. Bruce McCormack, Dr. Reinhard Huetter, Dr. Francesca Murphy, and Fr. Thomas Joseph White, O.P.
Co-sponsored by the Center for Barth Studies at Princeton Theological Seminary. 
           
9/29 7:00 pm at Johns Hopkins Medical School (PCTB 113, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine):“Beyond Fact and Method: St. Thomas Aquinas on Science, Truth, and Wisdom” by Fr. James Brent, O.P. (Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception). 
 
9/29 8:00 pm at Columbia University (Corpus Christi Catholic Church—529 W 121st Street):
“The Gods of the City and the City of God: Augustine on Politics” by Dr. Russell Hittinger (University of Tulsa). Co-sponsored by Columbia Catholic Ministry.

 

October

10/3 7:30 pm at New York University (the Catholic Center at NYU)

“Spiritual and Religious: Why We Owe God an Hour a Week” by Fr. Romanus Cessario, O.P. (Saint John’s Seminary). Co-sponsored by the Catholic Center at NYU.

10/3 6:15 pm at Yale Law School (Room 129, Yale Law School)

“A Theory of Justice: Catholic Social Teaching from Leo XIII to the Present” by Dr. Russell Hittinger (University of Tulsa). 

10/13 7:00 pm at Harvard University (Yenching Library Auditorium)

“How Could a Good God Allow Evil?” by Dr. Denys Turner (Yale Divinity School). Co-sponsored with the Harvard-Radcliffe Catholic Student Association.

10/15 at New York University (The Catholic Center at NYU):

“Aquinas on Transubstantiation and the Sacrifice of the Mass” by Fr. Thomas Joseph White, O.P. (The Thomistic Institute). Part of the Wisdom of Aquinas series. Co-sponsored by the Catholic Center at NYU. 

10/18 11:30 am at the University of Virginia (Withers Brown 101)

“Are There Failed Persons?” by Dr. John O’Callaghan (University of Notre Dame). Co-sponsored by the St. Thomas More Society. 

10/19 6:00 pm at the Catholic Information Center in DC:

"Cultivating a Truthful Soul: The Pursuit of Virtue as the Pursuit of Truth” by Dr. Angela Knobel (Catholic University of America). The second of a three-part series on the human person, co-sponsored by the Catholic Information Center. 

10/20 7 pm at Duke University (Perkins 217):

“Why Believe that God Exists?” by Dr. Michael Gorman (Catholic University of America). Co-sponsored by the Duke Catholic Center.

10/26 5 pm at Yale University (William Harkness Hall 207):

"Truth after Christianity?: Nietzsche and Aquinas on the Philosophy of God" by Fr. Thomas Joseph White, O.P. (The Thomistic Institute).

10/27 6:00 pm at Harvard University (Holden Chapel, Harvard Yard):

“True Sacrifice: Understanding the Mass” by Dr. Bruce Marshall (Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University). Co-sponsored by the Harvard Catholic Graduate Student Chaplaincy. 

10/27 7:00 pm at Duke University (Perkins 217):

“Masters, Parasites, or Gardeners? Thomistic Reflections on Environmental Ethics” by Dr. Therese Cory (University of Notre Dame). 

 

November

11/1 7:00 pm at Brown University (Petteruti Lounge, Stephen Roberts ’62 Campus Center):

"Understanding the Christian Idea of Redemption: Aquinas on the Ethics of the Atonement" by Fr. Thomas Joseph White, O.P. (The Thomistic Institute). Co-sponsored by the Brown-RISD Catholic Community. Response by Prof. Susan Ashbrook Harvey (Brown University). Register here.

11/3 7:00 pm at Harvard University (Yenching Auditorium)

“The Challenges of Evolution and the Metaphysics of Creation" by Dr. William E. Carroll (Oxford University). Co-sponsored by the Harvard-Radcliffe Catholic Student Association. Register here.

11/5 at 1:00 pm at New York University (The Catholic Center at NYU):

“The Prologue of St. John's Gospel: Reason and Interpretation in Catholic Thought” with:

Prof. Khaled Anatolios (University of Notre Dame),

Dr. Boyd Taylor Coolman (Boston College),

Prof. Bruce Marshall (Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University).

Co-sponsored by St. John's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the International Society for Medieval Hermeneutics. Register here.

11/5 1:00 pm at the University of Virginia (St. Thomas Aquinas Parish):

"The Development of Doctrine—What It Is and Why It Matters: The Ongoing Relevance of John Henry Newman's Thought” by Prof. Reinhard Hütter (Catholic University of America). Co-sponsored by St. Thomas Aquinas Parish and the St. Anselm Institute for Catholic Thought. Register here.

11/9 12:00 pm at Yale Law School (Room 129, Yale Law School)

"Can We Have Both Pluralism and Religious Liberty?: Lessons from the Little Sisters of the Poor at the Supreme Court" by Prof. Mark Rienzi (Catholic University of America). Register here.

11/10 5:30 pm at Duke University (Duke Divinity School, 0015 Westbrook):

"The Unbearability of Annihilation: Job's Challenge to His Creator" by Dr. Matthew Levering (University of St. Mary of the Lake). Register here.

11/14 7:00 pm at Brown University (Wilson Hall 101)

“The Reasonableness of Faith and the Faithfulness of Reason” by Dr. Jeremy Wilkins (Boston College). Register here.

11/16 6:00 pm at the Catholic Information Center in DC:

“Human at Heart: St. Thomas Aquinas on the Spiritual Life" by Fr. James Brent, O.P. (Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception). The third of a three-part series on the human person, co-sponsored by the Catholic Information Center. Register here.

11/16 5:15 pm at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Room 6-120):

"The Tangible Reality of Good and Bad: The Problem of Moral Relativism" by Prof. Candace Vogler (The University of Chicago). Co-sponsored by the Tech Catholic Community. Register here.

11/17 6:00 pm at Harvard University (Holden Chapel)

 “What Is Politics About Anyway?: Aquinas on the Common Good” by Fr. Aquinas Guilbeau, O.P. (Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception). Co-sponsored by the Harvard Catholic Graduate Student Chaplaincy. Register here.

CANCELLED 11/17 at Duke University: “C. S. Lewis: Romanticism without Rebellion” by Carol Zaleski (Smith College). Co-sponsored by the Duke Catholic Center.

11/17 7:30 pm at University of Maryland, College Park (Art-Sociology Building, Room 2309)

 “True for Me but Not For You? Moral Relativism and Moral Truth” by Dr. Michael Gorman (Catholic University of America). Register here.

11/29 7:00 pm at St. Charles Borromeo Parish in Arlington, VA

“Vectors to God: Growing in Faith, Hope, and Love" by Fr. Dominic Legge, O.P. (Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception). Co-sponsored by the Diocese of Arlington. Register here.

December

12/1 7:00 pm at Johns Hopkins Medical School (JHMI, Mountcastle Auditorium):

“Why Are We? Classical and Contemporary Answers to the Meaning of Life” by Fr. James Brent, O.P. (Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception). Register here.

12/1 7:00 pm at Harvard University (Emerson 305):

 “God and the Big Bang: Creation in Light of Modern Science” by Prof. Stephen Barr (University of Delaware). Co-sponsored by the Harvard-Radcliffe Catholic Student Association. Register here.

12/2 7:00 pm at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Building 4, Room 163)

"What's So Special About the Universe?: Multiverse Theory and Catholic Theology" by Prof. Stephen Barr (University of Delaware). Co-sponsored by the Tech Catholic Community. Register here

12/3 at New York University

“The Rest is Said in Praise to God: Thomas Aquinas on the Rites of the Mass” by Fr. Innocent Smith, O.P. (Parochial Vicar, St. Vincent Ferrer Church). Part of the Wisdom of Aquinas series. Register here.

12/5 5:00 pm at Yale University (William L. Harkness Hall Room 207):

“‘Not in time's covenant’: T. S. Eliot on the End of all Things” by Prof. Thomas Pfau (Duke University). Register here.