Aquinas Leadership International August 2020 Update

Dear Colleagues,

 

As usual, I write to update you about some developments related to the Aquinas Leadership International (ALI) group, our affiliate organizations, and other groups interested in ALI’s work. If you would like me to include some information in a future monthly update, email me that request at my email address immediately below. If you have not received an email update from me previously, and/or would like to be excluded from future update announcements, simply email me at my contact address below. I will be happy to remove you from this list.

 

Please forward this email to anyone you think might be positively interested in receiving this information.

 

Finally, go to the link immediately below for additional information regarding upcoming conferences, and other announcements and events:

 

 

Best wishes,

 

Peter

 

Peter A. Redpath

  • Announcing a new book publication by and interview with our colleague Robert Reilly:

Title: America on Trial: A Defense of the Founding

Book description: The Founding of the American Republic is on trial. Critics say it was a poison pill with a time-release formula; we are its victims. Its principles are responsible for the country’s moral and social disintegration because they were based on the Enlightenment falsehood of radical individual autonomy.

In this well-researched book, Robert Reilly declares: not guilty. To prove his case, he traces the lineage of the ideas that made the United States, and its ordered liberty, possible. These concepts were extraordinary when they first burst upon the ancient world: the Judaic oneness of God, who creates ex nihilo and imprints his image on man; the Greek rational order of the world based upon the Reason behind it; and the Christian arrival of that Reason (Logos) incarnate in Christ. These may seem a long way from the American Founding, but Reilly argues that they are, in fact, its bedrock. Combined, they mandated the exercise of both freedom and reason.

These concepts were further developed by thinkers in the Middle Ages, who formulated the basic principles of constitutional rule. Why were they later rejected by those claiming the right to absolute rule, then reclaimed by the American Founders, only to be rejected again today? Reilly reveals the underlying drama: the conflict of might makes right versus right makes might.  America’s decline, he claims, is not to be discovered in the Founding principles, but in their disavowal.

For more information about this work and best link for lowest prices in Kindle and hardcover editions, go to:

https://www.ignatius.com/America-on-Trial-P3479.aspx

To listen to an interview by Mark Brumley with the Robert Reilly, go to:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PYq7znac_6E

  • Fr. Joseph Fessio announces:

He will be offering online theology courses with lectures on each book chapter, study questions, and video clips with the answer to each of the study questions, and exams.

For more information, go to: https://www.angelicum.net/theology-online/

  • Announcing a new translation of Dionysius the Areopagite by our colleague William Riordan:

Title: The Mystical Theologyby Dionysius the Areopagite

Book description: 

The Mystical Theology of Dionysius the Areopagite is one of the greatest classical texts ever written on prayer. The mysterious author, living during the fifth and sixth centuries, most likely in Syria, has been recognized both in the East and the West as a consummate theologian. This volume provides the finest available Greek text along with a facing-page translation as well as an introduction with historical background on Dionysius the Areopagite. Also given is an extended, concise commentary on the text.

This will be an essential volume for readers who wish to engage one of the finest writers of Christian Tradition in his classic work on prayer. This would include not only scholars but others who may seek a deeper understanding of and love for God.

For more information about this work and best link for lowest price for this paperback edition, go to:

https://www.amazon.com/Mystical-Theology-Dionysius-Areopagite/dp/1932589848/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=the+mystical+theology+riordan&qid=1589552010&sr=8-1

  • The Aquinas Center at Ave Maria University announces an Call for Papers:

Location: In-person at Ave Maria University, Ave Maria, Florida; and a virtual component

Dates: 11–13 February 2021

Special 2021 Conference theme focus: “Hope and Death, Christian Responses”

To submit proposals online before 01 October 2020 and find more conference details go to: 

https://avemariauniversity.lpages.co/aquinas-center/

  • The Thomistic Institute announces the following fall 2020 Summa theologiae student reading groups: 

1) Topic: “St. Thomas Aquinas on Faith: What it is and Why it Matters”

Led by Prof. Reinhard Huetter (Catholic University of America)

Days/Time: Tuesday & Thursdays/7:30pm – 8:30pm EST
Dates: 01-24 September 2020

2) Topic: “The Virtue of Prudence and the Moral Life”

Led by Fr. John Corbett, O.P.
(Dominican House of Studies)

Days/Time: Tuesdays & Thursdays/10:00 am – 11:00 am EST

Dates:  01-24 September 2020

3) Topic: “St. Thomas Aquinas’s Commentary on the Letter to the Hebrews

Led by Fr. Richard Ounsworth, O.P. (Blackfriars, Oxford)

Days/Time: 
Thursdays/11:00 am – 12:00 pm EST

Dates: 03-24 September 2020
4) Topic: “Justice and Mercy”

Led by Prof. John O’Callaghan (University of Notre Dame)Days/Time: Tuesdays & Thursdays/9:00pm – 10:00pm EST

Dates: 01-24 September 2020
Registration information: To register for any of these groups, go to:
  • The Society for Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy announces a Call for Abstracts:

John Inglis reports that the Society for Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy is seeking abstracts for online paper presentations held the APA-Central 2021 meeting, Feb. 26th to 29th, which will also be held online. They seek abstracts from any area or figure in medieval philosophy in any tradition (Jewish, Christian, Islamic). They encourage submissions from scholars of all ranks, including graduate students.

Please include an abstract of 250 words (or less) with your name and any position and institutional affiliation.
Send all proposals to Stephen Ogden at ogdens[at] cua.edu.
From John Inglis
SMRP Sec. & Treasurer
To renew SMRP membership click on: https://smrpblog.wordpress.com/join/
  • Our colleague Thomas Ciavatti announces a reading group book club for metaphysicians at Cornell University (via Zoom) for fall 2020
On 07 September 2020, this reading group will start discussing Fr. John Wippel’s master text, The Metaphysical Thought of Thomas Aquinas, from Finite Being to Uncreated Being. This is a unique opportunity to perfect your knowledge of Thomistic metaphysics in fellowship with other experienced students of Saint Thomas’ metaphysical thought. The weekly meetings will be two hours long and feature guest lectures by Jennifer Frey, Brian Carl, Alexander Pruss and Gaven Kerr. Organized by the Cornell chapter of the Thomistic Institute. If you have any questions, please contact the president, Thomas Ciavatti at tc637@cornell.edu.
  • Our colleague Brian Kemple announces formation of: the Lyceum Institute:
The Lyceum Institute, which provides a flexible, classical, Thomistic, and semiotic approach to continuing and continual digital education.  For more information, go to: https://lyceum.institute
  • Institute of Catholic Theology announces 4 new talks and online graduate Theology credits

Simone Rizkallah gives a look at the heroic life of Edith Stein, a German Jewish philosopher who converted to Catholicism, became a Discalced Carmelite nun, died in Auschwitz-Birkenau during WWII and was canonized as a martyr by St. John Paul II. Listen to Simone as she shares with us about Edith Stein’s challenging academic journey as she obtained her doctoral degree in philosophy, her conversion to Catholicism and her heroic witness in the concentration camp before her death.

To access the talk, click here:

Edith Stein: A Model for Theology Students 

Presenter: Simone Rizkallah

In light of Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation that calls us all  “Missionary Disciples” (EG 120), Bill Marcotte examine what St. John Paul II writes in Mission of the Redeemer, “Missionary activity demands a specific spirituality, which applies in particular to all those whom God has called to be missionaries” (RM 87). I explore these attributes which are vital in helping us to grow in our zeal for souls as we develop as Missionary Disciples.

To access the talk, click here:

Missionary Spirituality – St. Pope John Paul II 

Presenter: Bill Marcotte

Dr. Eric Westby presents “The Directory for Catechesis”, a new publication from the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization. Dr. Westby explores how this Directory places catechetical instruction and formation of Catechists in the center of the work of evangelization and shares how this document clarifies the importance of catechetical renewal in Christian Communities. Those of us who are responsible for religious instruction, in dioceses, parishes, and schools will find this directory to be indispensable.

To access the talk, click here:

The 2020 Directory For Catechesis
Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization

Presenter: Dr. Eric Westby

For an “All Access Pass” to many other talks in fall semester The Legacy of John Paul II Series go to:

http://theinstituteofcatholictheology.thinkific.com/bundles/all-access-pass-fall-2020

  • Announcing a new book publication by our colleague Sr. Mary Lea Hill, FSP:

Title: Complaints of the Saints

Book description: Saints are human, and humans complain. A lot. How can we reconcile these two facts? Despite the somewhat one-dimensional portraits of sanctity that we find in some devotional material, every saint struggled in his or her life. And it was not always easy for them to handle their struggles gracefully.

Complaints of the Saints by Sr. Mary Lea Hill, FSP, shares some of the saints’ responses to suffering. The witty anecdotes and wisdom Sr. Hill conveys are both consoling and relatable, teaching us that the saints experienced the same emotions we do in the face of hardship. And they complained to God! Complaints of the Saints argues that complaining, while not a good thing in and of itself, is simply a natural human reaction to life’s difficulties. Just as the saints used their human nature, faults, and even complaints as a means for growing closer to God, so what we feel about and how we react to our trials can be a means for drawing us closer to God. As evidenced in Scripture and the life of the saints, God can handle our feelings and complaints.

In 61 short chapters, Sr. Hill relays the stories of a diverse range of holy men and women who reached out to God in times of need—sometimes with an acerbic tongue, as with St. Jerome; sometimes with patience, as with St. Thérèse of Lisieux; or sometimes with a gruff demeanor, as with St. Damien of Molokai. All of these saints enjoyed a close relationship with the Lord, and they were not afraid to reach out to him in their own voice, even with raw feelings. Sr. Hill’s sense of humor and affection for the saints discussed is apparent in her writing, and after reading this book, you’ll feel closer to them as well. Yes, even you can become a saint!

For more information about this work and best link for lowest prices, go to:

https://paulinestore.com/default/complaints-of-the-saints-qs1002995-195295.html

  • Ignatius Press announces daily snippets of receive a snippet of Catholic wisdom 

Get these every morning from literary giants, beloved saints, and relevant voices from today. Read them in 60 seconds, live it out the rest of the day. Plus enjoy exclusive discounts on the products Ignatius Press feature every day!

To start receiving these every day, go to:

https://www.catholicwisdom.org/?utm_term=0_60b0d982b1-9ee51cf625-176239909&mc_cid=9ee51cf625&mc_eid=ca4a067738

  • Dr. Nichilas Pappas announces some new initiatives from ATINER below:

Dear Colleague:

I would like to bring to your attention the organization of the two following small academic events: (a) the 8th Annual International Conference on Humanities & Arts in a Global World, 4-5 January 2021, Athens, Greece, (b) the 12th Annual International Conference on Visual and Performing Arts, 7-8 June 2021, Athens, Greece. You are more than welcome to submit a proposal for presentation. ATINER has decided to offer the option of remote (online or pre-recorded) presentation for those who cannot travel for objective or subjective reasons. If you need more information, please let me know, and our administration will send it to you including the meetings’ websites and abstract submission form.

In addition, the October issue (Volume 7, Issue 4, October 2020) of the Athens Journal of Humanities & Arts (AJHA) has been uploaded (I paste the table of contents below). I can send you the link if you are interested. You are welcome to submit a paper of publication in the AJHA.

TABLE OF CONTENTS
Front Pages i-xiv
The Reel (Re)Presentation of the Artist in Late Twentieth Century American Film
Dena Gilby
281
“Like a Battering-Ram”: The Place of Language in Levinas’s Thought
Dorit Lemberger
297
The Importance of Arts Education: Graduation and Dropout Rates at a School of Music in the Bronx, New York (2007-2011)
Nicolás Alberto Dosman
319
The Power of Greetings in African Christianity
Humphrey Mwangi Waweru
339

My best regards,
Nick


Dr. Nicholas Pappas

Vice President of Academic & Membership, Athens Institute for Education and Research (ATINER)
Professor, Sam Houston University, USA.
  • Announcing a new book publication by our colleague Ken Bryson:

What do We know about God?

Book description: There are few subjects known to mankind that has drawn more interest, exploration, and publication than the nature of God and our relationship to Him as human beings. Many approaches to the study stand wholly on a platform of religious doctrine and dogma. Other approaches are secular in nature and rely solely on rational and philosophical arguments. Dr. Ken Bryson brings to the field an approach that applies a balance between these two extremes. As a Christian, Ken bases his arguments in biblical theology and then builds upon this foundation with reason and philosophy drawn from many of the most prominent thinkers in both ancient and modern history.

For more information about this work and best link for lowest prices in Kindle and paperback editions, go to:

https://www.amazon.com/What-Know-About-God-Philosophical/dp/B08CMYCGGH/ref=sr_1_2?dchild=1&keywords=kenneth+a+bryson&qid=1595778618&sr=8-2#reader_B08CMYCGGH

and

http://www.biblicaltheology.com/bookshelf_Other.html


Dear Colleagues,

As usual, I write to update you about some developments related to the Aquinas Leadership International (ALI) group, our affiliate organizations, and other groups interested in ALI’s work. If you would like me to include some information in a future monthly update, email me that request at my email address immediately below. If you have not received an email update from me previously, and/or would like to be excluded from future update announcements, simply email me at my contact address below. I will be happy to remove you from this list.

Please forward this email to anyone you think might be positively interested in receiving this information.

Finally, go to the link immediately below for additional information regarding upcoming conferences, and other announcements and events:

peterredpath@aquinasschoolofleadership.com

Best wishes,

Peter

Peter A. Redpath


CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR COLLEAGUE,

DR. EDUARDO BERNOT:

For successfully defending his magisterial, 1400+page dissertation

“The First Principles of Mathematics in Light of the St. Thomas Aquinas”

with highest honors from the Universidad Abat Oliba, CEU (Barcelona, Spain) on 20 July 2020

Since May 2019, Dr. Bernot is the 3rd student affiliated with the Aquinas School of Leadership and the Holy Apostles College and Seminary (HACS) Thomistic Studies Concentration in Christian Wisdom to have successfully completed his dissertation with highest honors from this prestigious university.

Regarding his thesis, his dissertation director, Peter A. Redpath states: “With publication of this dissertation, in my opinion, Eduardo Bernot has established himself as the greatest Thomistic scholar alive today, and of the twenty-first century. This is the best analysis of the teachings of St. Thomas Aquinas that I have ever read. It surpasses anything Etienne Gilson has written about Aquinas. Finally, after 700+ years, some student of St. Thomas has included in one work the myriad of principles Aquinas actually uses and lucidly explains how and why he uses them. Once Dr. Bernot gets this work into multi-volume form with some publishing house, it should become mandatory reading for any student pursuing a graduate degree in Thomistic studies.”

  • Announcing a new book publication by our colleague Ken Bryson:

What do We know about God?

Book description: There are few subjects known to mankind that has drawn more interest, exploration, and publication than the nature of God and our relationship to Him as human beings. Many approaches to the study stand wholly on a platform of religious doctrine and dogma. Other approaches are secular in nature and rely solely on rational and philosophical arguments. Dr. Ken Bryson brings to the field an approach that applies a balance between these two extremes. As a Christian, Ken bases his arguments in biblical theology and then builds upon this foundation with reason and philosophy drawn from many of the most prominent thinkers in both ancient and modern history.

For more information about this work and best link for lowest prices in Kindle and paperback editions, go to:

https://www.amazon.com/What-Know-About-God-Philosophical/dp/B08CMYCGGH/ref=sr_1_2?dchild=1&keywords=kenneth+a+bryson&qid=1595778618&sr=8-2#reader_B08CMYCGGH

and

http://www.biblicaltheology.com/bookshelf_Other.html

  • In celebration of the septuacentennial of Dante Alieghieri’s Divine Comdedy, En Route Books & Media announces a beautiful, new translation of his Inferno by Daniel Fitzpatrick and illustrated by sculptor Timothy Schmalz

For more information about how to obtain a copy of this work, go to:

https://enroutebooksandmedia.com/helpdantehelpitaly/

  • Congratulations to our colleague Romanus Cesario, O.P. for being awarded the Adam Cardinal Maida Chair of Theology at Ave Maria University starting the fall 2020

For more information about this recognition, go to:

https://theology.avemaria.edu/post/623173207862722560/romanus-cessario-op-to-occupy-the-adam

  • Kevin Arnold from the John Templeton Foundation announces:

The John Templeton Foundation just kickstarted a new request for ideas series called the Ideas Challenge. The current challenge is aimed at exploring novel scientific and philosophical ideas useful for advancing the study of goal-directed or goal-seeking phenomena in nature.

The Foundation is offering fifty (50) $1000 USD individual awards for the top 50 ideas submitted by U.S. residents. To enter, entrants must provide the Foundation with a one-page (500-word max) concept by August 31, 2020. In addition to the prize, promising ideas from both winners and other entrants will inform future funding initiatives supported by the Foundation in 2020 and beyond.

For more information, go to: ideaschallenge@templeton.org.

  • Editor of The Journal of Moral Philosophy, Christian Miller, announces that he is looking for reviewers for recently published books dating from 2017 to present; anyone interested in writing a review should contact him at:

millerc@wfu.edu

  • Announcing a Call for Papers for the 44th annual meeting of the American Maritain Association

Location: De Sales University, Center Valley, Pennsylvania

Dates: 18–20 March 2021

Special 2021 Conference theme focus: “Maritain and Questions about Freedom”

Some details about the conference:

As always, the AMA is also interested in papers on any topic relevant to the perennial philosophy!

Please send proposals of up to 500 words that explore any of the above or related questions to Dr. James M. Jacobs at jjacobs@nds.edu by December 15, 2020. Presentations should be 25-30 minutes in length. There is a $250 prize and guaranteed publication for the best graduate student paper; this paper is to be submitted by January 15, 2021.

Registration fee is $100 ($50 for students.) Membership in the American Maritain Association is $75. ($35 for students.) We encourage timely online payment. Registration at the conference will be $125 ($60 for students

For more information, contact: jacobs@nds.edu

  • The Renaissance Society of America announces Call for Papers and Lightning Talks from several organizations for its 2021 International Congress

Location: Dublin, Ireland

For more information, go to: https://www.rsa.org/blogpost/1860861/RSA-Dublin-2021-Calls-for-Papers

  • Announcing the 19th International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities 

Location: Complutense University of Madrid, Madrid, Spain

Date: 30 June to 02 July 2021

Special 2021 Conference theme focus: “Critical Thinking, Soft Skills, and Technology

For more information and to submit a proposal, go to:

https://cgscholar.com/cg_event/events/H21/proposal/new

  • Announcing links to the 4th episode of “The Absolutes,” hosted by our colleague Greg Reichberg

Topic: “The Absolutes in Moderation”

Episode description: This episode features podcast host Greg Reichberg who explains why, in some areas of human life, going to the extreme is good, and bad in others. Wisdom consists in knowing the difference.

To find the 4th episode, go to:

You can also follow the podcast on Instagram for frequent updates and reflections (@the.absolutes)
  • Announcing the Nineteenth International Conference on Publishing Studies

Location: Complutense University of Madrid, Madrid, Spain

Date: 022 July 2021

Special 2021 Conference theme focus: “Information, Medium & Society: Research in the Age of Thinking Machines, Implications for Scholars, Libraries, and Publishers”

For more information and to submit a proposal, go to:

https://cgscholar.com/cg_event/events/B21/proposal/new?


Dear Colleagues,

As usual, I write to update you about some developments related to the Aquinas Leadership International (ALI) group, our affiliate organizations, and other groups interested in ALI’s work. If you would like me to include some information in a future monthly update, email me that request at my email address immediately below. If you have not received an email update from me previously, and/or would like to be excluded from future update announcements, simply email me at my contact address below. I will be happy to remove you from this list.

Finally, go to the link immediately below for additional information regarding upcoming conferences, and other announcements and events

peterredpath@aquinasschoolofleadership.com

Best wishes,

Peter

Peter A. Redpath


Announcing a Call for Papers for the 44th annual meeting of the American Maritain Association

Location: De Sales University, Center Valley, Pennsylvania

Dates: 18–20 March 2021

Special 2021 Conference theme focus: “Maritain and Questions about Freedom”

Some details about the conference:

As always, the AMA is also interested in papers on any topic relevant to perennial philosophy!

Please send proposals of up to 500 words that explore any of the above or related questions to Dr. James M. Jacobs at jjacobs@nds.edu by December 15, 2020. Presentations should be 25-30 minutes in length. There is a $250 prize and guaranteed publication for the best graduate student paper; this paper is to be submitted by January 15, 2021.

Registration fee is $100 ($50 for students.) Membership in the American Maritain Association is $75. ($35 for students.) We encourage timely online payment. Registration at the conference will be $125 ($60 for students

For more information, contact: jacobs@nds.edu

  • The Renaissance Society of America announces a Call for Papers and Lightning Talks from several organizations for Its 2021 International Congress

Location: Dublin, Ireland

For more information, go to: https://www.rsa.org/blogpost/1860861/RSA-Dublin-2021-Calls-for-Papers

  • Go to the following links for information from Carmelite Monks in Wyoming about their new ventures:

http://www.carmelitemonks.org/

https://www.mysticmonkcoffe

  • See the Summer Intern Update information below from City Internships:

A very limited number of summer places are available on our Los Angeles, New York and London programs*, interested students are advised to apply within a week to avoid disappointment via:

www.city-internships.com/apply/

*All program elements, which include program-length (8 weeks or more) work placements and an accompanying schedule of career readiness and skills training classes and workshops, may be attended in-person or remotely (or any combination thereof on a flexible basis) at the student’s discretion.

Critically, students do not need to travel to the cities in which their program/work placement is based for summer, fall and winter 2020 programs.

See our full statement on our COVID-19-related provisions, here.

Thank you for your support this season.

Please let me know if there is any way in which we may be able to help and support your students’ preparation for and, critically, transition into meaningful careers.

I remain slightly more sanguine than most about the job prospects for today’s undergraduates, but the jobs market for today’s new graduates will be unprecedentedly challenging. They’ll need all the help and support we can muster.

Thanks and best wishes

Lewis

Lewis Talbot
City Internships, Founder & CEO

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lewis.talbot@city-internships.com
+1 310 438 5329
+44 020 3808 4790

City Internships is a member of the National Association of Colleges & Employers (NACE), NAFSA: Association of International Educators, The Forum on Education Abroad and the National Society on Experiential Education (NSEE).

  • Announcing the 11th International Conference on Religion & Spirituality in Society

Location: University of Córdoba, Córdoba Spain

Dates: 03–04 June 2021

Special 2021 Conference theme focus: “Modeling Traditions from the Margins: Non-Canonical Writings in Religious Systems”

For more information, go to:

http://www.newsletter.illinois.mx3a.com/vo/religion_N21AUNVg.html?&utm_source=N21A_danUNV&utm_medium=N21A_danUNV&utm_campaign=N21A_danUNV

  • The Renaissance Society of America announces Call for Papers and Lightning Talks from several organizations for its 2021 International Congress

Location: Dublin, Ireland

For more information, go to: 

https://www.rsa.org/blogpost/1860861/RSA-Dublin-2021-Calls-for-Papers

  • Announcing the 14th Global Studies Conference

Location: Concordia University, Montreal, Canada

Dates: 05–06 June 2021

Special 2021 Conference theme focus: “Life after Pandemic: Towards a New Global politics.”

For more information, go to:

https://onglobalization.com/2021-conference/call-for-papers

  • Announcing the 16th International Conference on the Arts in Society

Location: The University of Western Australia, School of Design in Perth, Australia

Dates:: 16–18 June 2021

Special 2021 Conference theme focus: “Voices from the Edge: Negotiating the Local in the Global.”

For more information, go to: 

http://www.newsletter.illinois.mx3a.com/vo/art_A21AUNVg.html?&utm_source=A21A_DanUNV&utm_medium=A21A_DanUNV&utm_campaign=A21A_DanUNV

  • Click on the following link for information about the July 2020 online priest conference sponsored by the Catholic Education Foundation:

https://www.catholicworldreport.com/2020/05/07/sixth-annual-priest-conference-on-catholic-schools-goes-virtual/