Annual Augustine Lecture Saint Augustine as a Cure for Modern Boredom Wednesday, September 26, 2018 La Maison Francaise, Salon 7:30 p.m. Fr. David Meconi, S.J. Associate Professor of Historical Theology Director of the Edmund Campion Catholic Studies Center at Saint Louis University
Professor Tony Esolen discusses the differences between how we experience time and how Dante, steeped as he was in both Scripture and in a way of life that measured time sub specie aeternitatis, experienced such. Time will be explored not only for the hours of the day, but for the years of a man’s life, and the entire history of mankind from the Fall to the Second Coming. Prof. Esolen is a renowned scholar, thought-provoking lecturer, and poet. He is a Fellow at Thomas More College and is in the process of establishing a new center dedicated to cultural restoration there. A seasoned teacher and an engaging and prolific Catholic writer, Prof. Esolen is best known for his translation of Dante’s The Divine Comedy. Educated at Princeton University, he has dedicated his life to the study and teaching of literature, history, and the great ideas and masterworks of western civilization.
Media plays a significant role in shaping the public’s minds and opinions and religion are no different. Assumption College welcomes Father Edward Beck, C.P. ’80, CNN’s faith and religion commentator, who presents “Religion, Church and the Media: A Delicate Balance” at 7 p.m. on Thursday, November 2, in the La Maison Salon. Religion, Church and the Media: A Delicate Balance, focuses on the various portrayals of faith and religion in mainstream media, particularly through televised news. Fr. Beck draws upon his 10 years of experience in network and cable news to examine the ways in which mainstream media cover faith and religion in television news. Fr. Beck graduated from Assumption College in 1980, was ordained in 1985 as a Roman Catholic priest, and is a member of the Passionist Order. For the past 10 years, Fr. Beck has served as a media contributor, providing media analysis on issues of ethics, faith, morality and religion for ABC News, CBS News, Fox News, CNN, MSNBC, ABC Family Channel, HLN and current TV. For four years, he co-hosted the weekly ABC News show Focus on Faith with Chris Cuomo. In 2013, Fr. Beck contributed to the coverage of the Conclave that elected Pope Francis.
Catholic Miracles in the Age of the Reformations: A History of the Impossible? Carlos Eire, Ph.D. T.L. Riggs Professor of History and Religious Studies, Yale University One of the most enduring and profound legacies of the Protestant Reformation was its redefinition of the relationship between heaven and earth and the natural and supernatural. This lecture will focus on several Catholic saints who levitated and bilocated and received direct messages from heaven – phenomena considered “impossible” by Protestants -- and on the ways in which these extreme miracles considered “impossible” by many in our own day and age were not just a response to Protestantism, but a way of reshaping Catholicism itself.
President's Lecture Series:
Peter Raven, Ph.D. President Emeritus of the Missouri Botanical Garden,
George Engelmann Professor of Botany Emeritus at Washington University in St. Louis
"Saving Creation, Saving Ourselves"
Monday, April 24, 2017
Salon, La Maison Francaise