Lumen Christi Institute Summer Seminars for Graduate Students

Now in their ninth year, the Lumen Christi Institute’s Summer Seminars in the Catholic Intellectual Tradition are open to graduate students in the humanities, social sciences, and other relevant areas of study. Room, board, and a travel stipend are included for those whose applications are accepted. Each seminar  includes five days of intensive discussion based on close reading of the assigned texts as well as daily presentations given by the professor and student participants. A deep knowledge of the material is not required to apply. These seminars give participants mastery over the material under discussion, both for teaching and research purposes, and also deepen participants’ understanding and awareness of the Catholic intellectual tradition. For more information and to apply visit,

June 22-28

“Is God Knowable by Natural Reason? Philosophy, Theology, and Trinitarian Thought in the High Medieval Ages”

Mark Clark, Catholic University of America

Timothy B. Noone, Catholic University of America


In this seminar, scholar of medieval history Mark Clark and scholar of medieval philosophy Timothy Noone will offer an intensive survey of theological and philosophical debates about the natural knowledge of God in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. Participants will read and discuss the writings Peter Abelard, Peter Lombard, Bonaventure, Albert the Great, and Thomas Aquinas as well as modern philosophical engagement with these questions.

 July 9-15

“The Thought of John Henry Newman”

Fr. Ian Ker, University of Oxford

Merton College, Oxford 

Now in its fifth consecutive year, this intensive seminar will examine Newman’s achievements as theologian, philosopher, educator, preacher, and writer. Remarkably, in each of these areas Newman produced works that have come to be recognized as classics: An Essay on the Development of Christian Doctrine, The Grammar of Assent, The Idea of a University, The Parochial and Plain Sermons, and the Apologia Pro Vita Sua. This seminar will approach Newman’s thought through a critical engagement with these texts 

July 29-August 5

“Catholic Social Thought: A Critical Investigation”

Russell Hittinger, University of Tulsa

University of California, Santa Barbara

 Now in its fourth year, this seminar will have students read, analyze, and discern continuities and discontinuities in Catholic Social Thought from the late 19th century to the present. Lectures, seminar reports, and discussion will focus on original sources (encyclicals and other magisterial documents), beginning with Rerum novarum (1892) and concluding with Caritas in veritate (2009) and Evangelii Gaudium (2013). This intensive course is multi-disciplinary, since this tradition of social thought overlaps several disciplines in the contemporary university including political science, political philosophy, law, economics, theology, and history.

RIP John Deely

John Deely died January 7, 2017. Past President Raymond Dennehy writes: 

“John was a founder and dedicated member of the American Maritain Association.  What stands out in my mind from when we first met — at the meeting in which the Maritain Association was formed — was John’s brilliant mind.  As time passed, it became increasingly clear that his brilliance embraced both a masterful ability as a translator of Latin and a luminous understanding of Thomas Aquinas and Jacques Maritain as well the discipline of Semiotics.  His books testify to his estimable scholarly and philosophical ability. His dedication and  personal authenticity will be missed.”

The Maritain Notebook will offer a full appreciation of John Deely and his work in a coming issue.

2017 New Orleans Conference Details

Download the information below here, in one handy document: AMA 2017 Conference Details

PAPER SUBMISSIONS: Proposals of not more than two single-spaced typed pages are due December 15, 2016. Send the proposal to the AMA Vice President, James Jacobs, at . You can expect a response to your proposal no later than January 20, 2017.

The AMA, as always, encourages graduate student papers. There is a $500 prize for the best paper. The award is announced at the Conference. Send complete papers to James Jacobs at . Submissions are due on Dec. 15, 2016.

PLENARY SESSION SPEAKERS • Father Stephen Brock, Professor at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross (Rome) ∙ John Hittinger, Professor at the University of St. Thomas (Houston), • Daniel Philpott, Professor at the University of Notre Dame (Notre Dame, Indiana), Alice Ramos, Professor at St. John’s University (New York), • Eleonore Stump, Professor at St. Louis University

CONFERENCE TIMES & VENUE The 2017 conference will open late Thursday afternoon, March 2, and will close with its awards banquet on Saturday night, March 4. Complete schedule details will be available in the beginning of February. Opening Mass and all Thursday and Friday conference sessions, including the evening receptions, will be at the Holiday Inn. The Saturday sessions, the closing Mass, the final reception, and the awards banquet will be held Notre Dame Seminary.

CONFERENCE REGISTRATION $125 ($50 for graduate students). This price includes the conference registration and all meeting materials, all daily refreshments, Thursday and Friday night receptions, transportation to and from Notre Dame Seminary, and Saturday lunch on campus. (The cost of tickets for the Saturday night banquet is an additional $50/person.)


HOTEL Special AMA discount room rates for Thursday-Saturday (Thursday, March 2—Saturday, March 4) at the welcoming Holiday Inn Downtown Superdome Hotel: $135 a night. For phone reservations, call toll-free 1-800-HOLIDAY and refer to the group code AMA or use the link American Maritain Association . (If you are confident that you will be coming, please do register now. NB: the hotel price quoted above is good up until February 1, 2014, but not after that date.)

TRANSPORTATION The Holiday Inn is located at 330 Loyola Avenue.

Louis Armstrong International Airport (MSY)

  • Distance: 15.0 MI/24.14 KM EAST to Hotel.
  • Start EAST on W AIRLINE HWY. toward WARREN ST. LEFT onto AIRPORT ACCESS RD. Merge onto I-10E. Merge onto US-90W via EXIT 234A on LEFT toward WESTBANK/SUPERDOME. Take exit toward LOYOLA AVE. Turn SLIGHT RIGHT onto EARHART BLVD. Turn SLIGHT LEFT onto LOYOLA AVE.
  • The standard cab fare from MSY to the French Quarter is $36 (or $15.00 per passenger for three or more passengers).
  • Shuttle service is available from the airport to the hotels in the CBD for $24.00 (per person, one-way) or $44.00 (per person, round-trip). Call 1-866-596-2699 or (504) 522-3500 for more details or to make a reservation.


  • Station Name: Amtrak
  • Distance: 0.05 MI/0.08 KM EAST to Hotel
  • Taxi Charge (one way):$7.00
  • Exit Amtrak station and turn left on Loyola Ave. Drive 6 blocks to 330 Loyola Ave. Hotel is on right.


  • From East: On I-10 West, exit at Canal St. (exit 23B). Turn right on Cleveland St. Go 7  blocks to the end of Cleveland, turn right on Elk Place. Hotel is located 2 blocks farther on the left.
  • From West: As the I-10 turns east to Slidell near downtown, stay left onto Hwy. 90. Exit  at  Loyola Ave. and continue on Earhart Blvd. for about1 mile until Loyola Ave. Turn  left on Loyola Ave. Hotel is 5 blocks farther on the right.