T.I. in the News


“The origins of Water”

July 24, 2019 | Maggie Ciskanik, M.S. | The Magis Center

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"Last month, the Thomistic Institute hosted a symposium, Novelty in Nature, at the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, DC. Philosophers, scientists, and students gathered to discuss the nature of substance, matter and form, and how new things come to be from both a philosophical perspective and a scientific one. It was a mutually enriching exchange. 

For scientists, the first day was a crash course in the philosophy of nature originating with Aristotle and continued and clarified by St. Thomas. Both philosophers and scientists then examined the unique place that chemistry plays at the intersection of the philosophy of nature with contemporary science. Among the many engaging lectures throughout the symposium, Dr. Karin Oberg, PhD, delivered a fascinating presentation on the origin of water.”

“The Minds Ascent”

July 15 2019 | By Dr. Robert Royal | The Catholic Thing

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“It’s easy to be agitated over what’s happening these days in the Church and the world. Much harder to see what might be promising, especially when secular leaders and bishops not only appear incapable of addressing looming challenges, but actually contribute to our sense of an age spinning out of control … I wrote here recently about some initiatives we’ve undertaken internationally that have had palpable success. But at the risk of appearing naïvely optimistic – believe me, I often wake up perplexed myself – there are things going on in this country as well that offer real hope. I was involved with one of them this weekend: the Thomistic Institutes (TI) that have been created by the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, D.C.  The Dominicans have set up student chapters on college campuses all over the country and help them to run programs with distinguished speakers – real Catholics – who lecture on philosophy, theology, literature, and more.

There are about forty-five such chapters now and at a dinner in Washington Saturday night I met student leaders of chapters at Harvard, Johns Hopkins, Yale, the University of Texas, Brown, Trinity College, Columbia, the University of Utah, Toronto, Oxford, to name just a few. The Dominicans have been drawing numerous vocations from such institutions for some time now and, as befits the Order of Preachers, are quite able to operate at as high an intellectual level as any institution you can name.”

“Christianity and the Common Good”

Oct 31 2018 | By Brett Milano | Harvard Law Today

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Photo credit: Heratch Ekmekjian

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“A panel of legal and theological authorities came together at Harvard Law School to discuss the topic, “Christianity and the Common Good.” Presented by Harvard with the Thomistic Institute, which aims to promote intellectual Christian thought at universities, the conference brought together a number of guests including Supreme Court Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch ’91, who gave the keynote address. (Justice Gorsuch’s address was closed to the press.)
In one panel discussion, three distinguished guests—Fr. Dominic Legge of the Thomistic Institute, Adrian Vermeule’93, Ralph S. Tyler Professor of Constitutional Law at Harvard Law School, and Jacqueline Rivers, professor of African-American studies at Harvard University—explored the topic of the common good from the respective viewpoints of Christian philosophy, black cultural history, and political theory.”

“Thomistic Institute quietly bringing Catholic perspective to secular universities

Oct 19 2018 | By John Burger | Aleteia


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“Washington, DC — While news about campus radicalism gets lots of headlines—think of the violent campus mobs that shut down conservative speakers last year—a 10-year-old effort to infuse Catholic thinking into some of America’s most prestigious universities has been growing steadily, and below the radar. The Thomistic Institute—so named because of its connection with the Catholic religious order associated with the great philosopher Thomas Aquinas—is bringing speakers to 31 campuses, mostly in the United States, for free lectures on subjects like theology, philosophy, ethics and politics.”

“Diocese once again serves as co-sponsor of Dominican Thomistic Institute”

Aug 23 2018 | By Rick Snizek | Rhode Island Catholic

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“PROVIDENCE — For the second consecutive year, the Thomistic Institute of the Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception at the Dominican House of the Studies in Washington, D.C., has co-sponsored, along with the Diocese of Providence, its annual “Conference for Priests.” The event, now in its seventh year, was held from July 9-12 at the diocese’s McVinney Auditorium, with daily Masses, Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, Benediction, vespers and confessions offered in the adjacent Cathedral of SS. Peter and Paul. In previous years the Institute has been held its annual Conference for Priests in Louisville, Nashville and Baltimore.”

“Astronomy, Eucharist share stage at Thomism conference”

Jun 18, 2018 | Steve Larkin | Catholic News Service

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“WASHINGTON (CNS) — Finding an international conference at which talks about astronomy and eucharistic adoration fit on the same schedule is rare. The three-day symposium, called “Thomistic Philosophy and Natural Science” and held in Washington by the Thomistic Institute and the Society of Catholic Scientists, focused on the intersection between the natural sciences, especially physics and biology, and Thomistic thought. About 75 priests, religious sisters, Catholic scientists, and interested Catholic students attended the June 6-8 conference.”

“Priests and scientists talk neuroscience, cosmology, and philosophy - with pie”

Jun 10, 2018 | Courtney Grogan | Catholic News Agency

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“Washington D.C., Jun 10, 2018 / 05:00 am (CNA).- A Thomistic philosopher, an evolutionary biologist, and a Harvard astronomy professor walk into a bar. Well, not a bar. But they did walk into a Washington, D.C. symposium this week, at which graduate students, professors, religious sisters, and other curious Catholics discussed highly technical scientific questions over bourbon and pecan pie, late into the night. The three-day conference, co-sponsored by the Thomistic Institute and the Society of Catholic Scientists, brought together nearly 70 professors and graduate students from Princeton, Harvard, Yale, MIT, the University of Chicago, and other universities across the country to examine the intersection of faith and science.”

“How the Dominicans are bringing orthodoxy back to academia”

Jun 8, 2018 | Michael Davis | Catholic Herald

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“The fight for America’s soul is being fought – and, it seems, lost – on university campuses…But the Order of Preachers are redoubling their efforts to retake academia. Ten years ago, the Dominican House of Studies (DHS) in Washington, DC established the Thomistic Institute in order to bring their charism to American and British students. What is that charism exactly? “To share with others the truth about the God whom we contemplate in our hearts.” And so they have. The Thomistic Institute has student-run chapters on 30 campuses, including Oxford, in partnership with the English Dominicans.”

“If You Love Science, and Love God, You’ll Love This Event”

Jun 5, 2018 | Stephen Beale | National Catholic Register

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“Faith and science are often presented as being incompatible, but Catholics in the sciences know better. A new interdisciplinary conference that will probe the connections between faith and science is being held this week at the Thomistic Institute at the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, D.C. The conference, which is co-hosted with the Society of Catholic Scientists, will bring together scholars in wide array of disciplines—including molecular biology, astronomy, organic chemistry and experimental condensed matter physics—to talk about issues on the forefront of science and religion. The conference runs from Wednesday through Friday.”

“St. Thomas Aquinas Comes to the Ivy League”

May 29, 2018 | Stephen Beale | National Catholic Register

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“PROVIDENCE, R.I. — One speaker took a “deep dive” into the Thomistic view of civil punishment. Another explored how St. Thomas Aquinas helps us to think about the possibility of life on other worlds. A third lecturer untangled the textual history behind the Hebrew word for God in the Old Testament. It might seem like the kind of speakers one might see at a faithfully Catholic college — except this was the lineup of events this past spring at Brown University, an intensely secular Ivy League school in Providence, Rhode Island.”