The institute offers a variety of programs, including conferences, colloquia, and lectures:
The Legacy of Humani Generis
In commemoration of the seventieth anniversary of the publication of Humani Generis, the Institute for Saint Anselm Studies is pleased to host a two-day conference on June 10-11, 2020 on the teaching and impact of Pope Pius XII’s encyclical letter. The Institute invites papers on the letter’s core interests, including the importance of reason to the life of faith, the successes and limitations of scholastic philosophy, theories of matter and spirit, the metaphysics of the Eucharist, the gratuity of the supernatural order, natural law, human evolution, monogenism and original sin, as well as the movement referred to as the nouvelle théologie and its leading figures, among them Henri Bouillard, Henri de Lubac and Hans Urs von Balthasar. In addition, papers are welcome on the thought of Donald Keefe, S.J., who grappled with these issues in the light both of these writers and of Humani Generis.
Selected papers will be published in The Journal of Saint Anselm Studies.
Due to Covid-19 this conference was cancelled. We plan to offer it in spring 2021.
Saint Anselm Conference
The Institute for Saint Anselm Studies will host the Seventh Saint Anselm Conference on April 23-25, 2021. The Conference theme is Saint Anselm and the Place and Role of the Human in the World .
Professor of Philosophy and Theology
Theologische Fakultät Fulda, Germany
Professor of Philosophy
University of South Florida
Of central interest to the Catholic intellectual tradition is the place of the human in the created world. The human person stands, as it were, at the center of creation, between the angels and merely physical beings—animate and inanimate—and is related to both. And yet the role of the human in the world is ambiguous; for it was the human that, in the scriptural tradition, was said to be responsible for having shattered the order of the good creation. The Seventh Saint Anselm Conference welcomes papers related to the theme of the human in the world in the thought of Anselm himself, those who influenced him and those whom he influenced. Possible essay topics include the metaphysics of creation, Anselm’s anthropocentrism and the notion of the human as a microcosm, historical questions related to the complex ecclesial and political realms, the relation of the angelic to the human and of the human to lower creation, as well as moral questions for philosophy and theology. Papers on other aspects of Anselm’s thought are welcome.
Please send an abstract of 100-200 words to Monte Brown by January 15, 2021. Proposals for panels with up to three papers are also welcome. The plenary lectures will be on Friday evening and Saturday morning. Panel sessions will be on Friday and Saturday. Selected papers will be published in The Saint Anselm Journal, or possibly in a volume of proceedings.
Given the uncertainty of travel in April and the tightening of travel budgets, we are planning to hold the conference with an online component: either a hybrid structure, with some attendees on campus (if permitted) and some participating through Zoom, or entirely through Zoom (with the addition of Slack, to allow for ongoing conversations).
The Saint Anselm Lecture
The 2020 Saint Anselm Lecture will be given by Professor Thomas Williams, who is Professor of Philosophy and Catholic Studies at the University of South Florida. The topic for his lecture is “Can Saint Anselm Have Everything He Wants?” It will address questions of freedom and eternity. The lecture will be on the Feast of Saint Anselm, April 21, at 7:30 in Perini Auditorium. All are invited.
Due to Covid-19 the Saint Anselm Lecture was cancelled. Professor Williams will present at the Saint Anselm Conference in April 2021.
John and Judy Paul Summer Research Grant
The John and Judy Paul Summer Research Grant, 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.
Inaugural Fides et Ratio Lecture
Dr. John Haldane, Professor of Philosophy in the School of Philosophical, Anthropological and Film Studies at the University of St Andrews, and CJ Newton Rayzor, Sr. Distinguished Chair in Philosophy at Baylor University, gave the inaugural Fides et Ratio Lecture on Friday, October 25 at 12:30 p.m. in Dana 1D. The title of his lecture was, “Embodied Meanings and Signs of God.”
2019 Metaphysics Colloquium
The 2019 Colloquium being held June 19-20 will commemorate the work of Fr. Donald Keefe, S.J.
The 2019 Metaphysics Colloquium Schedule (PDF/115KB) is now available.
To register, please contact Laurie Nicewicz at (603) 641-7150 or by email at email@example.com.
2019 Saint Anselm Lecture
Dr. Michael Krom, Professor of Philosophy, St. Vincent College
"Archbishop Anselm, Benedictine Spiritiuality, and the Challenge of Worldly Wealth"
Date & Time: Monday, April 1, 7:30 p.m.
Location: Dana Center
John and Judy Paul Summer Research Grant
John and Judy Paul Summer Research Grant
The Institute for Saint Anselm Studies is accepting applications for the 2020 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 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 20 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, 2020, 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.
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2018 Metaphysics Colloquium
Is There a Catholic Philosophy? was the topic for the 2018 Colloquium. Angela Knobel of Catholic University of America presented the main paper. Her respondents were William Haggerty, Gannon University, and Kent Wallace, Anna Maria College