Guest Lecture Series

Sharing the Wisdom Lecture Series


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“Moral Law and the New Evangelization"

Dr. Arthur Hippler (Providence Academy)
September 19th, 2014

Dr. Arthur Hippler is chairman of the Religion Department and teaches religion in the Upper School at Providence Academy in Plymouth, MN. Since 2001, he has been Visiting Professor with the Institute for Pastoral Theology of Ave Maria University. Before coming to Providence Academy, he served the Catholic Diocese of La Crosse (Wisconsin), teaching moral theology and social ethics in the diocesan programs for lay formation and continuing education for teachers. He is the author of Citizens of the Heavenly City: A Catechism of Catholic Social Teaching, published by Borromeo Books. He received his bachelor's in Liberal Arts from Thomas Aquinas College in California, and his doctorate in Philosophy from Boston College.

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"Bridging the Class Divide: Equality and Excellence in Aristotle’s Politics"

Dr. Patrick Coby (Smith College)
October 31st, 2014

Dr. Coby has been teaching Government at Smith College in Massachusettes since 1985, a position he accepted after completing his masters and doctoral studies at the University of Dallas and holding faculty posts at Kenyon College (Ohio) and Idaho State University. His research and writing addresses the major historical figures in political philosophy, such as Plato, Aristotle, Hobbes, Locke and Marx. At Smith, Dr. Coby has spearheaded the curricular development of an innovative course titled “Reenacting the Past,” and teaches “American Political Thought.” He is the author of four books, including Socrates and the Sophistic Enlightenment: A Commentary on Plato’s Protagoras; Machiavelli’s Romans: Liberty and Greatness in the Discourses on Livy; Henry VIII and the Reformation Parliament, “Reacting to the Past Series”; and Thomas Cromwell: Machiavellian Statecraft and the English Reformation. He has authored numerous scholarly articles and reviews.

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"Ignatius of Antioch and the Theotokos"

Dr. Gregory Vall (Ave Maria University)
March 27th, 2015

Dr. Vall has been with Ave Maria University since the graduate programs were launched in 2004. He previously taught at Notre Dame Seminary (New Orleans) and the Franciscan University of Steubenville. Dr. Vall’s areas of expertise are Sacred Scripture and the Apostolic Fathers. He is the author of Learning Christ: Ignatius of Antioch and the Mystery of Redemption (Washington: Catholic University of America Press, 2013), and he has contributed articles to Biblica,Catholic Biblical Quarterly,Homiletic and Pastoral Review,Journal of Biblical Literature,Nova et Vetera,Seminary Journal,The Bible Today,The Thomist, and Vetus Testamentum. Dr. Vall lives in Naples with his wife Lourdes and their four children.

All presentations are open to the public.