Doctores Ecclesiae, 2012-2013
The St. Anselm Institute for Catholic Thought cordially invites you to attend one or more of its Doctors of the Church lunches. The goal of this series is to provide a friendly setting for students and faculty from different parts of the University to meet and to discuss the life and works of the 34 Doctors of the Church. A different Doctor--or occasionally, another great teacher of the Tradition-- will serve as the focal point for each lunch. Several UVA faculty will attend and lead each session. Prior familiarity with the Doctors is not required, but a short reading will be posted for all faculty and students participants. Regardless of your area of study or year, University of Virginia undergraduate, graduate as well as Law, Medical, and Darden School students are welcomed to attend. Space, however, is limited so reservations by individuals will be required for each session. If you are interested in participating in the next session, simply email the Institute at:
. More details about the 2012-13 lunch seminars are available here.
Students & Faculty: 2013 Divine Comedy Reading Group!
Interested in reading Dante's Inferno for the first time? Or, perhaps, in rereading it at a very leisurely pace with other UVA Students and Faculty? The St. Anselm Institute for Catholic Thought invites you to join our new bi-monthly Dante Alighieri Divine Comedy Reading Group, which will meet for the first time on Friday, February 1, 2013 (1:30-2:30pm). No prior experience or training required. As Dante had Virgil as his guide, our group will be guided by several faculty, including William Wilson, Professor Emeritus Religious Studies; now Director, Graduate Fellows Program at the Jefferson Scholars Foundation.
: about 2 Fridays per month, 1:30-2:30pm (Monroe Hall 116)
Feb. 1: Cantos 1-3
(pp. 26-69); (and Editor/translator Introduction
Feb. 15: Cantos 4-8
March 1: Cantos 9-13 (pp. 140-217)
March 22: Cantos 14-18 (pp. 218-287)
April 5: Cantos 19-23 (pp.288-361)
April 12: Cantos 24-28 (pp.362-449)
April 26: Cantos 29-34 (pp.450-549)
First Meeting?: Friday, Feb. 1, 2013; but if you can't attend this day, then attend all or some of the other meetings.
Where?: UVA Central Grounds location (Monroe 116).
What else?: Free copies of the Robert Durling edition of the Inferno will be provided to UVA students. Others are encouraged to purchase their own paperback copy. We'll read approximately 20-pages per meeting.
Additional Digital Dante Resource:
see The World of Dante
Interested?: Please join us.
Questions: Contact the St. Anselm Institute (
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Seminar discussion with Prof. Eleonore Stump (Philosophy, St. Louis University)
Friday, January 18, 2013 (10:00-11:30am), Cocke Hall/Philosophy Library
Join us and widely respected philosopher and St. Louis University Professor Eleonore Stump for a seminar discussion on her recent and acclaimed book Wandering in Darkness: Narrative and the Problem of Suffering (Oxford, 2010).
Wandering in Darkness is a challenging and grand synthesis of a lifetime of serious thinking about the problem of human suffering and evil in the world. If God is omniscient, omnipotent, perfectly good, and loves us, then why are bad, heart-breaking things permitted to occur?
Professor Stump ably and accessibly draws upon contemporary research on autism, moral psychology; the Biblical narratives of Job, Samson, Abraham, and Mary of Bethany, and the philosophical insights of Thomas Aquinas to make a defensible accounting of a problem with which and in which we all have participated.
Chapter 13 and Chapter 9 have been posted for those interested in attending and participating. This is a unique opportunity for faculty, graduate students, and others, so feel free to extend this invitation to others who may have an interest.
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April 20, 2012: Faculty Seminar with Brad Gregory (History, Notre Dame) on The Unintended Reformation: How a Religious Revolution Secularized Society (Harvard, 2011)
Lumen Veritatis (completed)
Faculty Leader: Brad Wilcox, Department of Sociology
Lumen Veritatis is a Catholic discussion group serving undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Virginia. Specifically, Lumen Veritatis discusses theological, cultural, and political issues from a Catholic perspective. Previous topics include faith and the law, Mary's role in the Church, Project Rachel, and gender.
The Works of St. Anselm (completed)
Faculty Leader: Jorge Secada, Department of Philosophy
This study group engaged the major works of St. Anselm of Canterbury.