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12:00 pm Newman, the University, and Its Counterfeit

  • 3 University Circle Charlottesville, VA, 22903 United States (map)

University of Virginia

Institute of Advanced Studies for Culture

IASC seminar Room, Watson Manor, 3 University Circle

12:00 pm-2:00 pm 

A presentation by Prof. Reinhard Huetter (Catholic University of America). Responses by Prof. Talbot Brewer (University of Virginia), Prof. Alison Weber (University of Virginia), and Prof. Joseph Davis (University of Virginia).

Light lunch served. Please RSVP so an accurate food count can be made.

This event is hosted and co-sponsored by the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture, and is also co-sponsored by the St. Anselm Institute.

Free and open to the public.

Event Description (composed by the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture):

On Friday, April 6, the Institute, in cooperation with the The Thomistic Institute and the St. Anselm Institute for Catholic Thought, will hold a roundtable discussion with Professor Reinhard Huetter of the Catholic University on his provocative paper, “Newman, the University, and Its Counterfeit.”

Those who attend may wish to read the paper (link below) prior to the roundtable. Professor Huetter will provide only an overview in about 20 minutes. Next, we will have three short responses from a panel of faculty members, followed by open discussion for the balance of our time. The faculty respondents are Tal Brewer, Philosophy, Alison Weber, Spanish, and Joseph Davis, IASC.

We will begin with a light lunch and ask that you RSVP so that we can order food accordingly.

Please consider reading Huetter's paper here prior to the discussion.

Speaker Bios:

Reinhard Huetter is the Ordinary Professor of Fundamental and Dogmatic Theology in the department of Historical and Systematic Theology at the Catholic University of America. Before coming to Catholic, he taught theological ethics and systematic theology for nine years at the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago and systematic theology for seventeen years at the Duke University Divinity School. His teaching and research centers on fundamental theological questions of the relationship between faith and reason and nature and grace, along with issues in theological anthropology, the thought of Thomas Aquinas, and the thought of John Henry Newman. His most recent books include Dust Bound for Heaven: Explorations in the Theology of Thomas Aquinas and Divine Happiness: Aquinas on the Journey to Beatitude, the Ultimate Human End. He is presently working on a theological commentary on Psalm 119, a small book on John Henry Newman, and a theological treatise on Doctrine: Its Nature and Development.

Talbot Brewer is Professor of Philosophy and Fellow of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture at the University of Virginia. He has been a visiting professor in the Harvard University Philosophy Department. He specializes in ethics and political philosophy, with particular attention to moral psychology and Aristotelian ethics. He is the author of numerous essays and two books, the most recent of which is The Retrieval of Ethics. He is currently at work on two books, one on Aristotelian action theory and its intersection with ethics, and another on a phenomenon that he calls “tragedies of the cultural commons.”

Joseph E. Davis is Research Associate Professor of Sociology and Moderator of the Picturing the Human colloquy of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture at the University of Virginia. His research explores questions of self/identity, morality, and cultural change. In his writing on medicine and psychiatry, he has examined trauma psychology, the rise of biological explanations of mental life, medicalization, and psychoactive drug use among college students. He is the author or editor of four books and many articles. He is currently completing After Psychology: After Psychology: Biology, Mental Suffering, and the Undoing of the Self.

Alison Weber is Professor Emerita of Spanish at the University of Virginia. Over her distinguished career, she has been especially interested in the relationship between early modern religious writing and sociocultural notions of religious and gender differences that are reflected in—and produced by—writers in the sixteenth century. Her books include Teresa de Avila and the Rhetoric of Femininity, a critical edition of the Book for the Hour of Recreation: María de San José Salazar, and most recently, Devout Laywomen in the Early Modern World.