Catholicism, Culture, and Modernity

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This interdisciplinary seminar explores aspects of the relationship between Catholicism and the modern world, and examines alternatives to standard narratives of secularization by drawing on recent work in the humanities, the social sciences, and the natural sciences. The seminar provides a forum for scholars to present and discuss the Catholic intellectual tradition in a modern academic setting.

Pierre Force
Chair, Department of French and Romance Philology, Columbia University

Lorenzo Polvani
Professor of Applied Mathematics and of Earth & Environmental Sciences, Columbia University

Michael West

Meeting dates and locations are subject to change. Please confirm details with the seminar rapporteur.



09/23/2015 Faculty House
6:00 PM
Flannery O’Connor: Fiction Fired by Faith
Angela Alaimo O'Donnell, Fordham University
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10/21/2015 Faculty House
6:00 PM
Imaginative Criticism: Literature and the Arts Since Vatican II
Paul Elie, Georgetown University
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11/11/2015 Faculty House
6:00 PM
Grace Makes Nature Interesting
Eric Johnston, Seton Hall University
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12/09/2015 Faculty House
6:00 PM
Excluding Religion Excludes More Than Religion
Richard Stith, Valparaiso University
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02/24/2016 Faculty House
6:00 PM
On Writing The Catholic Imagination in Modern American Poetry
James Matthew Wilson, Villanova University
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03/29/2016 Faculty House
6:00 PM
Where Do ‘the Middle Ages’ Come From? Papal Antichrists, Aristotelian Plots, and the Drama of Periodization
William Junker, University of St. Thomas
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05/03/2016 Faculty House
6:00 PM

Francesca Murphy, Notre Dame
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