In Former Times

An Archive of Past Events and Lectures


 The Virgin Mary, Full of Grace and Mother of God | December 9, 2017

The Second “Wisdom of Aquinas” Conference

Fr. Andrew Hofer, O.P. | Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception

You may listen to the two lectures on Soundcloud:

The Virgin Mary: Full of Grace

 


The Divided Catholic Vision: Martin Scorsese and Mel Gibson in the Shadow of Vatican II

with ROSS DOUTHAT | December 2, 2017

Ross Douthat is an  author, op-ed columnist for The New York Times, and film critic for National Review. Ross Douthat joined The New York Times as an Op-Ed columnist in April 2009. Previously, he was a senior editor at The Atlantic and a blogger for theatlantic.com. He is the author of “Bad Religion: How We Became a Nation of Heretics,” published in 2012, and “Privilege: Harvard and the Education of the Ruling Class” (2005), and a co-author, with Reihan Salam, of “Grand New Party: How Republicans Can Win the Working Class and Save the American Dream” (2008). Read his blog, Evaluations, and follow him on Twitter.

ANGELS, DEMONS, AND AQUINAS : Exploring the Existence, Nature and Influence of Pure Spirits | November 11, 2017

Lectures

 What Can Philosophy Tell Us About Angels?
Gregory Doolan, Ph.D.
Thinking Like Angels: the Spark of Reason and the Fire of Intellectuality
Fr. Raymund Snyder, OP
Angels, Demons, & Miracles: Aquinas on the Influence of Finite Spirits
Fr. Anselm Ramelow, OP

Sponsored by the Thomistic Institute 


UNCOMMON GRACE: The Life of Flannery O’Connor November 3, 2017

Despite her premature death at age 39, Flannery O’Connor left behind one of the most haunting and strikingly original bodies of work in 20th Century literature. With the rural South as her backdrop, she brought to life a string of eccentric characters torn between their worldly ambitions and the need for a more enduring truth.

This film traces the people and events that shaped her remarkable career, as well as the important role that Catholicism played in her writing. Featuring expert commentary and rare photographs, Uncommon Grace will give you a new appreciation for this highly celebrated, yet often misunderstood, storyteller.

Watch the trailer here: http://www.beataproductions.com


The Beauty of Faith: Sacred Art and the New Evangelization October 28, 2017

The ART OF THE BEAUTIFUL Lecture Series

Dr. Jem Sullivan

“The Beauty of Faith | Sacred Art in the New Evangelization”

Dr. Sullivan is the Secretary for Catholic Education for the Archdiocese of Washington, and teaches at the Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC.  She is the author of the book The Beauty of Faith.

Sponsored by the Catholic Artists Society. You may listen to the lecture on Soundcloud here.


CHRIST HEALING AND PERFECTING: The Sacraments in the Christian Life | October 14, 2017

Fr. Dominic Langevin, OP (Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception), presented the opening lectures for the annual Wisdom of Aquinas series at NYU with an afternoon considering St. Thomas Aquinas’s teaching on the sacraments, and our participation in the sacramental life.

You may listen to the lectures on Soundcloud here and here.

(Note that each lecture has a handout which can be downloaded.)


CATHOLIC ENVIRONMENTALISM: From Saint Augustine to Pope Francis | October 2, 2017

A lecture by Dr.Marie George

Marie I. George is Professor of Philosophy at St. John’s University, NY and author of Stewardship of Creation:  What Catholics should know about Church teaching on the environment (2009)

The lecture was co-sponsored by the Thomistic Institute.

You may listen to the lecture on Soundcloud here.

 


 IS THERE A SIMPLE SOLUTION TO WORLD HUNGER? | September 12, 2017

What if there were a simple solution to world hunger? Mary’s Meals believes that solution is food, and education.

Mary’s Meals provides one good meal to some of the world’s poorest children every school day. By focusing on one goal – that every child receives a nutritious daily meal in a place of education, Mary’s Meals changes lives, and undermines global poverty. Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow, is the CEO and founder of Mary’s Meals, and the author of The Shed that Fed a Million Children. In 2015, Magnus was one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people (with former UK prime minister Gordon Brown as author of the bio), and in 2010 Magnus was named one of CNN’s Heroes.The evening included a showing of their beautiful new film, Generation Hope, and then brief remarks by Magnus with time for Q and A. Learn more about Mary’s Meals here.

 


 2017 WELCOME WEEK EVENTS AT THE THE CATHOLIC CENTER AT NYU

August 27 – September 3, 2017

Sunday, August 27th
6pm: Sunday Mass at the historic St. Joseph’s Church

Monday, August 28th
7 pm: Walk along the High Line

Tuesday, August 29th
2 pm: Scavenger hunt to explore campus 

Wednesday, August 30th
5:15 pm: Mass of the Holy Spirit for the beginning of the new year
6:00 pm: Welcome back dinner 

Thursday, August 31st
1:30 pm: Catholic Center trip to St. Patrick’s Cathedral 

Friday, September 1st
1:00 pm: 
The Catholic Center takes Central Park. A picnic and games in Central Park!

Sunday, September 3rd
6:00 pm: Sunday Mass at St. Joseph’s Church 
7:00 pm: Taste of the Village Dinner:  Sponsored by the Newman Catholic Undergraduate Fellowship. 

 


AN EVENING WITH ARCHBISHOP BERNADITO AUZA, Apostolic Nuncio to the UN | May 9, 2017

The NYU student UN Initiative and the Catholic Center at NYU held a discussion with the Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See to the United Nations, His Excellency The Most Reverend Archbishop Bernardito Auza, Apostolic Nuncio to the UN.  Pope Francis’s personal representative spoke on topics such as climate change, poverty, the Pope, and the work of a UN representative!

 


 

WHAT ARE NATURAL RIGHTS? | April 1, 2017

Fr. Dominic Legge, O.P. (The Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception), Prof. Charles Kesler (Claremont McKenna College), and Prof. Nigel Biggar (Oxford University) and a panel consisting of Sherif Girgis (author of  What Is Marriage? Man and Woman: A Defense), Adrian Vermeule (Harvard University), Chad Pecknold (Catholic University of America) and Vincent Phillip Munoz (University of Notre Dame) discussed natural rights and  modern questions.

You may listen to the lectures on Soundcloud:

Do Thomists Have Rights? Does Anyone? – Fr. Dominic Legge, OP

“What’s the Problem with Rights?” Nigel Biggar

“Natural Rights & Public Right in the American Founding” – Charles Kesler

What Are Natural Rights? Concluding Panel – Chad Pecknold, Sherif Girgis and Adrian Vermeule

 


 

 IS ATHEISM IRRATIONAL? WHAT REASON CAN TELL US ABOUT GOD’S EXISTENCE | February 23, 2017

A lecture by Dr. John O’Callaghan of the University of Notre Dame

You may listen to the lecture on Soundcloud here.

 


 

REASON AND INTERPRETATION IN CATHOLIC THOUGHT | November 5, 2016

Khaled Anatolios (University of Notre Dame), Boyd Taylor Coolman (Boston College) and Bruce D. Marshall (Lehman Professor of Christian Doctrine, Southern Methodist University) spoke on the role of reason in the Catholic intellectual tradition.

The conference was sponsored by The Thomistic Institute, St. John’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and The International Society for Medieval Hermeneutics.

You may listen to the conference lectures on Soundcloud here

 


 

THE DANGERS OF ASSISTED SUICIDE | October 21, 2016

An informational lecture on the dangers of assisted suicide, by Fr. Robert Spitzer, S.J., noted philosopher, author, and lecturer on the complementarity of science, faith, and philosophy.

 

 SPIRITUAL and RELIGIOUS: Why We Owe God an Hour a Week | October 3, 2016

A lecture by Fr. Romanus Cessario, O.P., S.T.M.

Sponsored by the Catholic Center at NYU, and the Thomistic Institute

Fr. Romanus is a Dominican priest and professor of systematic theology at St. John’s Seminary in Boston, MA, as well as an associate editor of The Thomist, and Senior Editor of Magnificat. He has served as a fellow of the Pontifical Academy of St. Thomas Aquinas since 1999. In recognition of his outstanding contributions to scholarship, Fr. Cessario received the degree of Master of Sacred Theology (S.T.M.), the highest academic honor of the Order of Preachers, in 2013. Among his numerous works are Christian Faith and the Theological Life, A Short History of Thomism, and forthcoming from Fortress Press, Thomas and the Thomists.

You may listen to the lecture on Soundcloud here

 


 

HAPPINESS WITHOUT RELIGION?: A Philosophical Debate | September 10, 2016

You may listen to the debate on Soundcloud here

 


 

THE 2016 CARDINAL EGAN LECTURE | May 21, 2016

Not Born Bad: The Catholic Truth About Original Sin

with

Archbishop J. Augustine Di Noia, O.P.

Adjunct Secretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith

 


 

AN EVENING WITH BISHOP KUKAH, OF SOKOTO, NIGERIA  | April 26, 2016

An evening of prayer and conversation with Bishop Matthew Kukah of the Diocese of Sokoto, Nigeria. The bishop visited the U.S. to raise awareness of the plight of Nigerian faithful living under the constant threat of Boko Haram, while also facing other forms of Islamist fundamentalism that threaten the Church’s freedom. The evening featured a talk by the bishop, as well as a panel discussion moderated by Msgr. Kieran Harrington, Vicar for Communications of the Diocese of Brooklyn, who was joined by Dr. Timothy Shah, associate director of the Religious Freedom project at Georgetown University; and Dr. Daniel Philpott, director of the Center for Civil and Human Rights at the University of Notre Dame.

 


 

A LAUNCH EVENT FOR ThomisticEvolution.org | April 23, 2016

Understanding Adam and Eve with Faith and Reason,”
Panel Discussion with ThomisticEvolution.org contributors
Co-sponsored by the Thomistic Institute.

 

THE FUTURE OF CATHOLICISM IN AMERICA | April 9, 2016

You may listen to the conference lectures on Soundcloud here.

 

SPIRIT AND FLESH: THE INCARNATION AND ITS IMPLICATIONS FOR ART

Fall 2015 – Spring 2016

You may listen to the Series on Soundcloud here


 

CATHOLIC SOCIAL THOUGHT AND CURRENT POLITICAL DEBATE | March 22, 2016


 

WHY WE NEED A GOD WHO DIED | March 1, 2016

A Lenten Reflection by Br. Constantius Sanders, O.P.

 

THE WISDOM OF AQUINAS | Fall 2015-Spring 2016

You may listen to the lectures on Soundcloud:

Fr. Dominic Legge OP: “Faith, Reason, and Reasonable Belief: Part I” 

Fr. Dominic Legge, OP: “Faith, Reason, and Reasonable Belief: Part II”

 


 

DESIRE OF THE EVERLASTING HILLS  | February 16, 2016

Courage International and the Catholic Center at NYU invite you to a screening of Desire of the Everlasting Hills, followed by a discussion about faith, love, and human sexuality.
Desire of the Everlasting Hills received the Reel Rose Award for the People’s Festival Award during the 2015 John Paul II Inter-Faith Film Festival. To view the trailer, click here.
“We must always consider the person. Here we enter into the mystery of the human being. In life, God accompanies persons, and we must accompany them, starting from their situation. It is necessary to accompany them with mercy.”         – Pope Francis
The film presents three portraits of Catholics who try to navigate the waters of self-understanding, faith, and homosexuality: Dan, a gregarious artist who spent his life hiding a deep sense of isolation from those who loved him; Rilene, a successful business woman who realized that after twenty-five years she had not found the fulfillment she hoped for; and Paul, an international model who found grace in the last place he expected.
  “The love of God is not generic. God looks with love upon every man and woman, calling them by name.” – Pope Francis


 

SCIENCE AND RELIGION: THE MYTH OF CONFLICT | February 8, 2016 A lecture by Dr. Stephen Barr

Cosponsored by the Thomistic Institute
  Stephen M. Barr is a professor of physics at the University of Delaware. He received his Ph.D. from Princeton University. He does research in theoretical particle physics, with emphasis primarily on “grand unified theories” and the cosmology of the early universe, and is the author of the article on “Grand Unified Theories” for the Encyclopedia of Physics. In 2011, he was elected Fellow of the American Physical Society. He also writes and lectures extensively on the relation of science and religion.  In addition to his many scholarly articles and publications, many of his articles and reviews have appeared in First Things. He is the author of the book Modern Physics and Ancient Faith (Univ. of Notre Dame Press, 2003) and A Student’s Guide to Natural Science (Intercollegiate Studies Institute, 2006).
You may listen to the lecture on Soundcloud here

 

 See past events from 2015 HERE