Claudio Monteverdi: The Man and His Music

(A Special Three Notch'd Road Ensemble Pre-Concert Lecture)

Friday, Nov. 3 at 4:00-5:00pm, UVA Minor Hall
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Music lovers and novices, you're invited to hear Fiona Hughes (TNR violinist and Artistic Director) and Peter Walker (TNR bass soloist) speak about the music and achievements of Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643). The expressive power and structure of baroque music owes much to the work of this famous Italian priest-composer from Cremona, whose impact on the subsequent development of both sacred and secular music is unparalleled. This lecture will include a few live demonstrations, so come, listen and enjoy!

If the lecture leaves you wanting more, then on Saturday, Nov. 4 at 7:30pm, at First Presbyterian Church, 500 Park St., Three Notch'd Road will offer a special 450th commemorative "Monteverdi: Venetian Splendor" concert, featuring a larger, mixed consort of instruments and voices, including soprano Teresa Wakim. Tickets available online and at the door: Adults $20; Students are FREE.

The Most Reverend Wilton D. Gregory, S.L.D.

Metropolitan Archbishop of Atlanta

"We are All the Lord's"

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In light of what happened at UVA and in Charlottesville on Aug. 11-12, it is important to know not only that the Church condemns racism, but also why it does so without equivocation. In the 1937 Papal encyclical Mit Brenneder Sorge, Pope Pius XI condemned the newly emergent Nazi ideology of race and warned the Church "to watch carefully ... that religious fundamental concepts be not emptied of their content and distorted to profane use." The Pope cautioned that "whoever exalts race, or the people, or the State,...divinizes them to an idolatrous level, distort[ing] and pervert[ing] an order of the world planned and created by God." Despite these prophetic words 80 years ago, it remains necessary not only to be reminded again why and how "we are the Lord's" (Romans 14:8) but "We all must raise our voices in condemning the vile acts that have taken place, and also stand in solidarity and union with those who are speaking out in their communities."
ALL are invited to attend this public lecture, which will begin at 6:30pm in Minor Hall Auditorium, and to the post-lecture reception at the nearby Colonnade Club (Pavilion VII).

David Walsh

Catholic University of America

"Who and What is a Person?" 

Oct. 19 (5:15pm) / UVA Minor Hall Auditorium
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Talk about the inherent dignity and inalienable rights of the human person is as commonplace today as the classic definition of the Trinity as Three-Persons-in-One, but can we explain what we mean when we use the term "person"? Prof. Walsh contends it is a great error of modern philosophy to diminish a "person" to mean only our biological body, our consciousness, our freedom, our autonomy, our identity, or our relation to others. A "person" can never be described fully in these terms for the person extends beyond the material, the limits of what we can think and feel, and even the sum of our past. This never-complete, nearly indefinable quality of each person is not a philosophical dead end or an ineffable theological mystery; rather, it reveals and points us toward a new perspective, one that allows us to glimpse who and what a person truly is: the Apocalypse of History.

All are invited to attend this public lecture.

Kate Hennessy

Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017 (5:15pm)

UVA Minor Hall Auditorium

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Kate Hennessy will visit the University of Virginia September 14-15 to share her memories and new family biography, Dorothy Day: The World will be Saved by Beauty (2017). Kate is the granddaughter of Dorothy Day (1897-1980), a famous Catholic convert, cofounder of the Catholic Worker Movement and Houses of Hospitality, and a heroic American social activist who tirelessly advocated for peace and the poor among us. All are invited to attend this free public lecture, so bring a friend or attend and introduce yourself to someone new. 

UVA Bookstore will offer Kate's family biography of Dorothy Day for purchase in the Lobby of Minor Hall before the lecture, starting at 4:45pm. Kate looks forward to meeting you and will happily sign these or any copies of her book upon request.


Ramón Mujica

St. Rose of Lima: The First Saint of the Americas

Thursday, April 6, 2017
Clark Hall Auditorium, Room 108
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Prof. Ramón Mujica is the former director of the Peruvian National Library, an elected member of the Peruvian Academy of History, and a leading authority on Baroque Andean Christian art and the iconography of St. Rose of Lima.  As always, all are invited to attend our final public lecture of the 2016-2017 year.

Descartes and the Journey of the Mind to God

Jorge Secada
Professor of Philosophy
University of Virginia

Thursday, February 23, 2017
UVA-Clark 108 / 5:15pm

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.  

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"Bare Ruined Choirs" and the Catholic World of Shakespeare's England: An Open Discussion with Professor Eamon Duffy
Saturday, October 22, 2016 - 10:00-11:15am
Alderman Library, Room 421
Students, faculty and other admirers of the historical works of University of Cambridge Professor Eamon Duffy are invited to attend this informal discussion of the Catholic terrain of Shakespeare's England. Feel free to bring your questions: an expert will be in the house.
Background Readings:
Duffy, The S tripping of the Altars
Eamon Duffy
University of Cambridge
“Poussin’s Seven Sacraments:
Counter-Reformation, Catacombs, and the Pagan Mysteries“
UVA Minor Hall, 5:15pm
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We are pleased to announce that Professor Eamon Duffy will visit the University of Virginia to give our 6th Annual Robert Louis Wilken Lecture. His public lecture will consider Nicholas Poussin’s two extraordinary series of paintings (1st series, 1637-40, 2nd series 1648-50)  on the theme of the Seven Sacraments. Set in classical Rome, and deviating from all previous depictions of the subject, the picture sequences have baffled commentators. In the mid-20th century they were interpreted by the leading expert on Poussin, Anthony Blunt, as inspired by the scepticism of Poussin and his circle  about contemporary Christianity: Blunt saw the pictures as coded celebrations of the pagan mysteries and of an undogmatic, universal natural religion, an interpretation which profoundly influenced subsequent Poussin scholarship. Professor Duffy will argue that this conventional reading in fact represents a radical misunderstanding of Poussin and his milieu, and that the pictures can best be understood in the context of the Roman Counter-Reformation of the early seventeenth century and the revival of interest in the catacombs and the early centuries of the Church.  All are invited to attend this free lecture, so invite a friend or colleague to join us for this very special event with Professor Eamon Duffy. 
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