Our Thomistic Circles Conferences at the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, D.C. bring together prominent professors (principally in theology and philosophy), graduate students, seminarians, and Dominican brothers, to provide a forum to examine contemporary questions from the perspective of classical Catholic theology, and to encourage the renewal of theology and philosophy in the Thomistic tradition.
These conferences are distinctive not because of their academic quality, but also because they take place in the context of a vibrant Dominican studium and religious community, so that, as befits the Dominican tradition, the serious study of theology and philosophy is integrated with the contemplation of the mysteries of the faith.
Thomistic Circles have been held under the auspices of the faculty at the Dominican House of Studies (founded in Washington D.C. in 1905) for most of its history.
Dominicans and the University: 800 Years
In April 2016, the Thomistic Institute hosted a Thomistic Circles conference that explored the relationship of the Dominican charism of preaching and teaching at the university level, the rich history of Dominicans in academia and the fruits their work continues to bear for the intellectual tradition of the Church.
The Mind of Christ: Christology & Contemporary Exegesis
In October 2015, the Thomistic Institute's "Mind of Christ" installment of the Thomistic Circles engaged modern interpretation of the humanity and divinity of Jesus Christ in the light of Thomistic tradition.
Catholic THeology after Modernism
In October 2013, the Thomistic Institute hosted a symposium that delved into the problems contemporary philosophy and anthropology pose to traditional theology, and the Catholic response to empiricism and rejection of the supernatural.