Perfect Hatred? Aquinas Lecture in Berkeley

The 24th Annual Aquinas Lecture at the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology in Berkeley, CA, will be given by Dr. Diana Fritz-Cates, Associate Professor of Religious Ethics at The University of Iowa, on Wednesday, March 12, at 7:30 pm PST (10:30 pm EST). Entitled “Hatred in the Light of Love: A Thomistic Analysis,” the live-streamed presentation will present a conceptual and ethical analysis of hatred, based on the moral psychology of St. Thomas Aquinas.

Registration Open for Berkeley Colloquium

Registration is now open for "What has Athens to do with Jerusalem?", a colloquium concerning the intersection between philosophy and theology, July 16-20, 2014, in Berkeley, California. Hosted by The Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology, the event will gather scholars from academia and from the Dominican Order throughout the world, putting Thomism and other traditions into dialogue with more recent schools of thought. Plenary session presenters include Fr. Michael Dodds, OP, Edward Feser, Alfred Freddoso, John O’Callaghan, Fr. Michał Paluch, OP, John Searle, Msgr. Robert Sokolowski, and Linda Zagzebski. This is to be the first of a triennial series (Dominican Colloquia in Berkeley). Details, including the call for papers (deadline, Feb. 7) and registration page, may be found at www.dspt.edu/conversation2014.

Thomism Conference by Dominican Friars

A conference of the Friars of the Order of Preachers (Dominicans) on Thomistic thought today (“Dominicans & the Renewal of Thomism”) was held July 1-5, 2013, at the Thomistic Institute at the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, D.C. The conference, centered around the theme: “The Doctrine of God, One & Triune,” was well attended, with over 100 friars present from around the world. A list of the main presentations is available online; videos of them are being posted as they become edited.

This gathering is the second of what is hoped will be a triennial event, the next of which has been proposed for Toulouse, France, in 2016. The first such meeting was held in Warsaw, Poland, in 2010 (papers from which have been published as Dominicans and the Challenge of Thomism). Texts from this summer’s conference are to be published as a volume of Nova et Vetera.

Divine Action – in Berkeley

The Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology in Berkeley, California, recently held a book launch for Unlocking Divine Action: Contemporary Science and Thomas Aquinas (Catholic University of America Press, 2012) by Fr. Michael Dodds, OP, Professor of Philosophy and Theology at DSPT and the Graduate Theological Union (GTU), Berkeley. Bringing the teachings of Thomas Aquinas into dialogue with contemporary science, Fr. Dodds’ book finds new ways to understand God’s action in the natural world and in human life. Presenters were Dr. Robert John Russell, Founder and Director of the Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences (CTNS) at the GTU; Dr. Ted Peters of CTNS, Professor of Systematic Theology, Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary and the GTU; Dr. Lara Buchak, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, University of California at Berkeley, and Fr. Mariusz Tabaczek, OP, GTU doctoral student from the Dominican Province of Poland. Presentations at the event are available on video (here).