Other Events of Interest

Being Human: Christian Perspectives on the Human Person

presented by the Portsmouth Institute for Faith and Culture
& cosponsored by the Collegium Institute

JUNE 9-11, 2017

PORTSMOUTH ABBEY | 285 CORY’S LANE, PORTSMOUTH, RHODE ISLAND 02871

Humanity, in the modern mind, is a colossal accident.  This means, of course, that humanity is essentially meaningless, in that we are not endowed with a transcendent telos, or purpose – we are simply made to survive and ultimately evolve to some other more advanced being.

If taken seriously, the assumption that humanity has no transcendent purpose has the opportunity to shape not only how we practice our faith, but how we organize societies, how we consider justice, what value we place on human life, and what limits we are willing to push in shaping and misshaping human identity.  This vision of society is, I believe, the danger of reducing the human being to mere temporal substance—an advanced monkey to be trained and pacified.

Instead, to contemplate our true meaning, we should turn to the wisdom of the Church, which through a combination of reason and revelation articulates a clearly defined and transcendent meaning of the human person.  It is in the spirit of Pope Benedict XVI’s inspired words that the Portsmouth Institute’s 2017 Summer Conference will address the theme “Being Human: Christian Perspectives on the Human Person.” No less than the future of Western civilization rests on how we define what it means to be human. It is important that we get it right.

Register Here

(Registration Deadline: June 2)

Guest Speakers 

Peter Kreeft, Boston College
Sr. Bethany Madonna, Sisters of Life
Ryan T. Anderson, Heritage Foundation
John F. Crosby, Franciscan University of Steubenville
Erika Bachiochi, Ethics and Public Policy Center
Fr. Tad Pacholczyk, National Catholic Bioethics Center
and more

 


Who was Mary Magdalene? 
The Myths, Truths, and New Historical Discoveries of One of Christianity’s Most Captivating Saints

Thurs, Nov. 10, 2016 at 7:00pm

Penn Newman Catholic Center

3720 Chestnut St.

For thousands of years, the world has been captivated by Mary Magdalene – one of the most important and yet most enigmatic women in history. She has been portrayed as a penitent prostitute, a faithful disciple, a wealthy heiress, and at times fiction and scripture collide. Beverly Behan, ambassador for the Magdala Project (featured on the cover of the Smithsonian Magazine in January 2016) will seek to explain why two thousand years later, the fascination over this woman is as strong as ever – and how recent archeological discoveries at Migdal, Israel are offering new and fascinating insights about her life.

Light drinks and refreshments will be offered.


HAPPINESS ANCIENT AND MODERN:

REFLECTIONS ON THE HISTORY OF ETHICS

November 7th & 8th, 2014

The University of Pennsylvania,

Department of Philosophy

402 Claudia Cohen Hall

249 South 36th St., Philadelphia, PA 19104

Friday 7th

3:00 p.m.: KEYNOTE ADDRESS

Terence Irwin, University of Oxford: “Happiness and the good: does Aristotle’s ethics rest on a mistake?”

5:00 p.m.: Reception

Saturday 8th

9:45 a.m.: Coffee & Light Breakfast

10:30 a.m.: Hendrik Lorenz, Princeton University: “Natural Goals of Actions in Aristotle”

12:00 p.m.: Break for Lunch

2:00 p.m.: Fay Edwards, Washington University, St. Louis: “Saying ‘No’ to Meat, Artichokes and Sex: Porphyry’s Practical Ethics”

3:30 p.m.: Coffee & Sweets

4:00 p.m.: David Brink, University of California, San Diego: “Normative Perfectionism and the Kantian Tradition”

Presented by the Department of Philosophy at the University of Pennsylvania and the Greater Philadelphia Philosophy Consortium.

For information contact Susan Sauvé Meyer (smeyer@phil.upenn.edu)


The Notre Dame Club of Philadelphia presents a Lecture by Arts & Letters Dean John T. McGreevy, Ph.D.
When: Tuesday, September 30, 2014; 7:00 p.m.
Where: Mandeville Hall at Saint Joseph’s University.

Dr. McGreevy will speak on “Burchard Villiger, S.J., the Restored Jesuits and Global Catholicism in the Modern Age.” The lecture will be followed by a reception with Dean McGreevey. The cost of this event is FREE but RSVP’s are needed for refreshment planning purposes. Please join us in welcoming Dean McGreevey to the City of Brotherly Love.

RSVP to Rachel Meehan at rdavids6@alumni.nd.edu.

 

The Neumann Forum presents a lecture by Dr. Peter Colosi, Associate Professor of Moral Theology, St. Charles Borromeo Seminary.

When: Thursday, October 9th; 7:00 p.m.

Where: St. Charles Borromeo Seminary

The Catholic Church and Capitalism

The Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace recently published a beautiful reflection on The Vocation of the Business Leader. Pope Francis has recently said that trickle-down economic theory does not achieve its purported goal in practice, and tweeted that “inequality is the root of social evil.” This talk will explore the history of Catholic Social Teaching in relation to economics and attempt to paint a balanced picture of the Church’s view of the Free Market as well as Her challenging call to all those participating in it.​


Upcoming Conferences at Neumann University

Lecture: “Converting Muslims in 16th-century Spain: St. Thomas of Villanova”
  • Date: 3/17/2014
  • Time: 4:30-6:00 pm
  • Location: Villanova University Main Campus – Bartley Hall                         Room: 1011 – Ampitheater

Dr. Daniel Wasserman, assistant professor of History at Alma College, will deliver a lecture entitled, “Converting Muslims in 16th-century Spain: St. Thomas of Villanova and the Bishops of Valencia.” He will speak about the methods of religious conversion advocated by Spanish bishops in the 16th century, especially as related to Islamic communities. Dr. Wasserman will discuss the work of St. Thomas of Villanova as well as his contemporaries and explore the ways that they engaged St. Augustine’s theology of conversion.

This lecture is co-sponsored by the History Department, the Augustinian Institute, and Arab and Islamic Studies.

Contact Information:

Name: Whitney Martinko

Phone: 6105193257

Email: whitney.martinko@villanova.edu