Missionaries, Founders, Thinkers, and Marian Apparitions
March 24: Clemons Library, Room 407 (12:00-1:30pm) St. Katharine Drexel (Saint of Racial Justice) and St. Mother Frances Cabrini (first U.S. saint and "The Heavenly Patroness of All Emigrants") Special Guests: Fr. Gerry Fogarty, S.J. (Religious Studies) and Charles Kromkowski (Politics)
April 21: Dorothy Day. Special Guest: Laura Brown (Casa Alma, Charlottesville)
March 27, 2017 (Monday, 7:30-8:30pm): On Happiness and Marriage: 5 Lessons from the Social Sciences
Although the Church consistently has taught that strong families are first foundations for stable societies and happy and healthy lives, sex ed proponents often focus single mindedly on short-term behaviors like contraception without realistically considering the longer-term effects on young adults' emotional lives, relationships, and their odds of forging stable and happy marriages. In this talk, Professor Brad Wilcox will discuss a robust body of social science research for students who wish to be happy and, eventually, successfully married. Prof. Wilcox teaches sociology of family and also directs the National Marriage Project at UVA.
St. Rose of Lima: The First Saint of the Americas
Descartes and the Journey of the Mind to God
Professor of Philosophy
University of Virginia
Rene Descartes's Discourse on Method and his Meditations on First Philosophy are widely recognized as radical breaks from ancient and medieval ways of thinking, as revolutionary starting points for the Scientific Revolution and of new forms of mathematics and philosophy, and as the foundations from which the modern, liberated yet deeply skeptical self emerged.
For all this, Descartes's works were initially placed on the Church's Index librorum prohibitorum and he has ever since been both praised and decried for opening and legitimizing the intellectual pathway to modernity's pervasive materialism, atheism, and psychological reductionism. And yet..., Descartes understood himself to be a devout Christian and his Meditations as a defense of the Catholic Church, which creates the real possibility that perhaps we don't yet fully understand Descartes's larger project and its significance for us today. For the rest of this story, we'll see you on Thursday at 5:15pm.
Friday, January 27, 2017-Downtown Mall
November 5 (1:00pm): Reinhard Hütter (Catholic University of America), "The Development of Doctrine and Why it Matters: The Ongoing Relevance of John Henry Newman's Thought"
Cosponsored with The Thomistic Institute and St. Thomas Aquinas University Parish, Location: 401 Alderman Rd., St. Thomas Aquinas University Parish Hall.
The great Summa Theologca is one of the most important works of theological wisdom ever written, a masterwork for the ages that continues to influence Western religion and philosophy. Despite its intellectual importance, many know far too little about the original purpose, the structure of the text, the historical reception over the past 700 years, and the continued relevance of the wisdom offered by the Summa Theologica. This public lecture by the eminent scholar of historical theology and Christian mysticism Bernard McGinn is free and open to all, so invite a friend and/or colleague.
St. Thomas Aquinas Hall)
Fall 2016 Public Lecture Series
Bernard McGinn, (University of Chicago), “St. Thomas Aquinas's Summa Theologiae,” Sept. 22, 2016
Eamon Duffy, (University of Cambridge), "Recreating Poussin's Seven Sacraments," Oct. 21, 2016
Reinhard Hütter (Catholic University of America): The Development of Doctrine and Why it Matters: The Ongoing Relevance of John Henry Newman's Thought"
2015-16 Public Lecture Series
Carlos Eire, (Yale University), "Discerning the gulf between the Protestant and Catholic Reformations: The Case of Sor Maria de Agreda," April 7, 2016
Emmanuel Falque, (Institut Catholique de Paris), “God, the Flesh, and the Other,” March 3, 2016
Faculty Panel Discussion on Laudato Si, February 19, 2016
Fr. George Coyne, SJ, (Emeritus Director, Vatican Observatory), “Reading the Universe as an Icon of God,” January 21, 2016
Michael Root, (Catholic University of America) “Speaking of the Other: the 50th Anniversary of Nostra Aetate,” Oct. 29, 2015
David Tracy, (University of Chicago), “God as Infinity,” Oct. 1, 2015