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Visual Pilgrimage to the Heart of Assisi at the Heart of Our Campus

September 19, 2018

Join Fr. David Meinzen, university chaplain, in the new St. Francis chapel on a walk-through of our New Oratory as he shares the multifaceted significance of its location, historic architecture, and iconic imagery, and gives some sneak previews of visual treasures yet to come. All are welcome and admission is free. Thursday, October 4, 2018 Read More »

How to Read Plato

August 30, 2018

Plato is not a Neoplatonist.  Plato isn’t even a Platonist.  Yet, he is often thought to be such by many today.  These common misconceptions are usually the result of received opinion, but they are sometimes the result of people who have attempted to read Plato’s writings firsthand, who nevertheless misunderstand what they read.  In this Read More »

An Introduction to Social Ontology

March 21, 2018

Have you every considered how real or what type of reality is our social life together? Human beings live in two worlds, one that is natural and the other is a construction of our ideas and practices. Are these worlds distinct or do they intersect? Dr. Vincent Wargo, assistant professor of philosophy, will explore what Read More »

Karl Marx at 200: Who Cares?

March 12, 2018

200 years after the birth of Karl Marx, does he still matter? Hasn’t the disastrous former Soviet Union totally discredited him? Isn’t he irrelevant after the end of the Cold War? What good remains in his wide-ranging thought about economics, politics, philosophy, and God? Following on from Alasdair MacIntyre’s recent argument that Catholics and others Read More »

Truth, Consumerism, and Democracy

February 16, 2018

Consumerism marks our culture, democracy defines our governance.  Together they characterize much of the way we live communally.   Where does this leave truth?  Have we left any room for it to make a difference in the way we live our lives? In this public lecture, Dr. Lewis Pearson, Associate Professor of Philosophy, will explain how to think Read More »

Confirmation: A Sacrament Out of Time and Place?

February 1, 2018

Parents, pastors, catechists, teachers, and even bishops struggle in the Roman Catholic Church over when and why kids should be confirmed—2nd grade? 8th grade? Before Confession? After First Communion? And what is Confirmation—the equivalent of a Jewish bar mitzvah or of a “graduation” from middle school and regular catechesis? What about the historic and current Read More »

Recovering Beauty and Iconography in Catholic Churches Today

November 13, 2017

Icons are not just decorations limited to Eastern Orthodox Churches. They should play a central role in the Western Church that goes beyond mere decoration. Special Guest Speaker Sr. Jeana Visel, OSB, a theologian, an iconographer, and faculty at Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology, will speak about her recent book, Icons in the Western Read More »

Miracles and Belief

October 16, 2017

Why believe? Do arguments, testimony or experience ground belief? Do miracles prove anything? Dr. Earl Kumfer, professor emeritus, will revisit the Resurrection narratives in light of philosophers David Hume and Blaise Pascal to better grasp what happens at Pentecost. All lectures in the Philosophy and Theology series are free and open to the public. Sunday, Read More »

The Message of Fatima: Then and Now

September 27, 2017

A public lecture, titled “The Message of Fatima: Then and Now,” will be presented by USF Assistant Professor Sister Jacinta Krecek, OSF. Saint John Paul II said, “Fatima is more relevant now than ever.” With this year marking 100 years since Our Lady of Fatima delivered her message, Sister Jacinta Krecek, OSF, will examine what Read More »

Fake News and the Fathers of Suspicion

August 31, 2017

Presented by USF Associate Professor Dr. Adam DeVille, “Fake News and the Fathers of Suspicion: Learning from Freud, Marx and Evagrius” is the first in a series offered by USF Department of Philosophy and Theology faculty throughout the academic year. Dr. DeVille will discuss how and why Christians should engage Marx and Freud, and what Read More »