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Aquinas Conference at AMU a Tribute to Graduate Theology Program and founder Fr. Lamb

frlamb-200The talks and discussions at this year's annual Aquinas conference at Ave Maria University have some familiar theological themes, but there's a significant difference from previous years.

"This year's conference is unique in that all but two of the speakers are alumni of AMU's doctoral program in theology who are now teaching at institutions of higher education," said Roger Nutt, director of AMU's Aquinas Center for Theological Renewal.

The idea for this year's conference Feb. 6-7, Dr. Nutt said, "was generated by the alumni who wanted to do something to highlight the growing influence and legacy of AMU's graduate program in theology, and manifest their gratitude to Fr. Matthew L. Lamb (right) for his role in founding the program."

Even the only two speakers who are not AMU graduates, he said – Dr. Matthew Levering and Dr. Robert Barry – were students of Fr. Lamb's when the noted theologian was at Boston College, where he taught for 20 years before leaving in 2004 to found AMU's graduate school of Theology.

The conference takes place primarily in the lecture hall of the AMU academic building, except for the plenary session Friday evening which will be in the ballroom of the AMU student union. All sessions are free and open to the public. The program:


A conference on Wisdom and the Renewal of Catholic Theology:
Celebrating the Graduate Programs in Theology at Ave Maria University*

Friday, February 6

11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Panel 1: "Wisdom and Contemplation in Theology" [Moderator: Dr. Roger Nutt]
Mr. Jared Kuebler, Thomas Aquinas College, "Eternity and Time in St. Thomas Aquinas"
Dr. Irene Alexander, University of Dallas, "Wisdom and Holiness: St. Thomas Aquinas on the Love of God as Common Good"
Dr. Richard S. Meloche, St. Gregory's University, "Sapiential Theology: Its Birth, Death, and Resurrection"

1:45 -  3:00 p.m. Panel 2: "Theology and History" [Moderator: Dr. Thomas Scheck]
Dr. R. Jared Staudt, University of Mary, "Time Meets Eternity: The Theological Significance of History and Culture"
Dr. Thomas P. Harmon, University of St. Thomas, "Truth and History in 'Scrutinizing the Signs of the Times'"
Dr. Matthew R. McWhorter, Holy Spirit College, "From Cultural Signs to Transcultural Realities: The Contribution of Father Matthew Lamb for Understanding Lonergan's Metamethod"

3:30 -  4:45 p.m. Panel 3: "Theology and the Study of Sacred Scripture" [Moderator: Dr. Gregory Vall]
Dr. Charles Raith II, John Brown University, "Inspiration and Participation: Aquinas on Paul's Use of the Old Testament"
Mr. John Kincaid, John Paul the Great University, "The Rise of Comparative Textology: The Shift from Wisdom to Power in Modern Exegesis"
Dr. Matthew Ramage, Benedictine College, "Biblical Inspiration in the Theology of St. Thomas Aquinas and Father Matthew Lamb"

5:00 - 6:15 p.m. Plenary Session 1: Keynote Address [Moderator: Prof. David Tamisiea]
Demetree Lecture Hall located in the Paul M. Henkels Academic Building
Dr. Matthew Levering, Mundelein Seminary, "Eternity, Time, and the Doctrine of Creation"

Saturday, February 7

10:15 -  11:30 a.m. Panel 4: "Christ and the Church" [Moderator: Prof. Anthony Valle]
Sr. Albert Marie Surmanski, Ave Maria University, "The Joy of Christ in Albert the Great's De Corpore Domini"
Dr. John Froula, St. Paul Seminary, "Bernard Lonergan on the Esse of Christ"
Prof. David Tamisiea, Ave Maria University, "Vatican II, St. Thomas Aquinas, and the Sensus Fidelium"

1:30 -  2:45 p.m. Panel 5: "The Study of Theology and the Ascent to God" [Moderator: Dr. Michael Waldstein]
Dr. Christopher Collins, University of Mary, "Psalm 79:8 as Augustine's Vision of Education"
Dr. Gerald Boersma, St. Bonaventure University, "Monica as Mystagogue: Time and Eternity at Ostia"
Dr. Kristin Towle, St. Paul Seminary, "Contemplation in Thomas Aquinas's Moral Theology: Rethinking How We Read the Secunda Pars"

3:15 - 4:30 p.m. Plenary Session 2 [Moderator: Dr. Susan Waldstein]
Dr. Robert Barry, Providence College, "Father Matthew Lamb on the Retrieval of Tradition"


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