The institute offers a variety of programs, including conferences, colloquia, and lectures:
Saint Anselm Conference
The Institute for Saint Anselm Studies holds a conference every four years. The Sixth Saint Anselm Conference was held April 21-22, 2017. The next Saint Anselm Conference will be held in April, 2021.
Inspired by Pope John Paul II who in his encyclical letter Fides et Ratio spoke concerning the need for continuing philosophical speculation in order to come to an understanding of the Catholic faith. The Metaphysics Colloquium invites philosophers and theologians from the New England area to discuss and debate issues in metaphysics with a view to offering the ecclesiastical and scholarly worlds insights and principles upon which to ground their work. The Saint Anselm Journal offers presentations given at previous colloquia.
The 2018 Metaphysics Colloquium will be held on June 6-7, 2018. Below, find more information and register online.
The Saint Anselm Lecture
An annual lecture by a distinguished academician is held in celebration of the feast day of the college's patron saint. The lecture is open to all members of the college community as well as the general public.
The 2018 Saint Anselm Lecture, which will be held in April, 2018, will be announced in the coming months.
John and Judy Paul Summer Research Grant
The John and Judy Paul Summer Research Grant, which is offered to doctoral candidates and those who recently completed doctoral studies (within last four years) working on some area of Anselm studies. The Institute provides the recipient with an opportunity to do research for a week in the extensive O'Rourke Saint Anselm Collection at Saint Anselm College.
The Institute for Saint Anselm Studies is accepting applications for the 2018 John and Judy Paul Summer Research Grant.
2018 METAPHYSICS COLLOQUIUM
Is There a Catholic Philosophy? is the topic for the 2018 Colloquium being held June 6th and 7th. Angela Knobel of Catholic University of America will give the main paper. Her respondents will be William Haggerty, Gannon University, and Kent Wallace, Anna Maria College.
The 2018 Metaphysics Colloquium schedule (PDF/77KB) is now available.
2018 Saint Anselm Lecture
Dr. Peter Marshall, Professor of History, The University of Warwick, UK
"Thomas Becket, William Warham and the Crisis of the Early Tudor Church"
Date & Time: Thursday, April 5, 7:30 p.m.
Location: Perini Lecture Hall located in the Gadbois building
Call for Papers - February 1, 2018
St. Anselm of Aosta, Bec and Canterbury:
Theologian, Statesman, Administrator, Teacher
May 4 and 5, 2018, University of Houston
Samu Niskanen, University of Helsinki
“Publishing in the Aftermath of the Berengar Controversy: Anselm’s Monologion and Proslogion”
Anselm’s account of how he published the Monologion and Proslogion emphasizes the role of Archbishop Hugh of Lyon, papal legate. This presentation argues that he did so in order to obtain the protection of an apostolic mandate against potential criticism.
Eileen Sweeney, Boston College
“Anselm as Teacher: Reasoning about Affection”
Reflections on the form and content of Anselm’s trilogy of dialogues on the will and its affections that will also consider the role of reason and its function in conversation.
We invite Anselm scholars to submit abstracts for papers on any aspect of St. Anselm: his theology, correspondence, monasticism, career, teaching, prayers, governance of Bec and/or Canterbury, friendships, friends and associates, or legacy for presentation to the Conference in shorter papers. Proposals for twenty-minute papers for the Conference of about 250 words may be sent by February 1, 2018, to Sally N. Vaughn, email@example.com.
The Conference is jointly sponsored by the International Association for Anselm Studies, the University of Houston and the University of St. Thomas, Houston.
Summer Research Grant 2018
John and Judy Paul Summer Research Grant
The Institute for Saint Anselm Studies is accepting applications for the 2018 John and Judy Paul Summer Research Grant, which is offered to doctoral candidates and those who recently completely doctoral studies (within last four years) working on some area of Anselm studies. The Institute provides the recipient with an opportunity to do research for a week in the extensive O’Rourke Saint Anselm Collection at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire.
The exact period of the grant is to be decided by the recipient but will fall between the dates of May 21 and June 30. Travel reimbursement will be covered up to $1000, and housing for six nights will be provided with $50 per diem reimbursement for food. The recipient will have library privileges for the week. Special access will be arranged for times when the library is normally closed.
The application should include your name, academic affiliation, research topic with a brief explanation of the project (300-400 words), a current CV, and a letter of reference from someone familiar with your work. A report on the research of 3-4 pages will be expected as well as a citation in the dissertation or article if published. A copy of the dissertation or the article for the Collection would also be expected.
Please apply through email or regular mail by March 1, 2018, to:
Prof. Montague Brown, Director
Institute for Saint Anselm Studies
Saint Anselm College
100 Saint Anselm Drive #1644
Manchester, NH 03102
The Sixth Saint Anselm Conference
The Institute for Saint Anselm Studies hosted the Sixth Saint Anselm Conference on April 20-22, 2017. The Conference theme was Saint Anselm, the Church, and the Reformers.
Marking the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, the Sixth Saint Anselm Conference welcomed papers on topics that were important to Anselm and the Reformers alike. Areas included issues in theology, such as Christ, redemption, free will and grace, the place of scripture in the Church, the nature of the Church, authority and reform in the Church, and also broader issues such as the value of reason, the reception of Anselm among the humanists, and the relations between Church and individual, Church and state authority, conscience and authority, conscience and civil law.
Rev. David Pignato, J.D., S.T.D., Professor, Systematic Theology
St. John's Seminary, Boston
The Saint Anselm Lecture by Rev. Pignato was held on Friday evening, with Panel sessions held on Friday and Saturday. Selected papers will be published in The Saint Anselm Journal.
- View the Schedule of Talks (PDF/118KB) »
2017 Metaphysics Colloquium
The theme of the 2017 Colloquium was the human person as an imago Dei in the thought of St. Augustine. Mark K. Spencer, Department of Philosophy, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN, gave the main paper. His respondents were Lawrence Feingold, Department of Theology, Kenrick-Glennon Seminary, and Seamus O'Neill, Department of Philosophy, Memorial University of Newfoundland.
Please check back for information regarding the 2018 Colloquium.