Conference Program

Transportation available from listed hotels and Villanova train station to the Villanova Conference Center.  The Shuttle schedule is listed on the accomodations side links.  Please be aware that The Listed Time is the departure time of the shuttle. Please notify Anna Misticoni as to which listed hotel you are staying, so that we could better accommodate you.


All Sessions Held at the Villanova Conference Center
601 County Line Road Radnor, PA  19087
Phone:610.523.1776 - Fax: 610.523.1779

Program

Friday, October 24, 2014
9AM: REGISTRATION
SESSION I : 10:00 AM-12:00 PM 

1.        Jewish and Christian Relations in the 2nd Century (1)
Room
115/117
Organized by Jonathan Yates
Chair: Jonathan Yates, Villanova University

Jewish Messianism of the Second Century
Ely Levine, Villanova University

Robbing Peter to Pay Paul: Anti-Semitic Exegesis in the Epistle of Barnabas
Clayton Jeffords, Saint Meinrad College and Seminary

Rev. 2:9, Polycarp, Pionius, and Jewish-Christian Relations in Smyrna
Paul Hartog, Faith Baptist College and Seminary  

 

2.        Ethical Politics or Political Ethics in Medieval Jewish, Christian and Islamic Thought
Room
101
Organized by Alexander Green, SUNY Buffalo
Chair:

Al-Farabi on Politics and Religion as Imitative Arts and the Ethical Implications
Jessica Radin, University of Toronto

Ethics as a Basis for a Separation of Powers in Gersonides’ Biblical Commentaries
Alexander Green, SUNY Buffalo

Christ and the Secular Sword: The Ethics of Imitation in Medieval Christian Political Theology
Brian Hamilton, University of Notre Dame                          

 

3.        St. Augustine (1): Confession and Communion
Room
103
Chair:        

Willpower and Joy in St. Augustine's Thought
Evgenia Moiseeva, Ecole Pratiques des Hautes Etudes, Paris, France

Habits of Mortal Flesh: Consuetudo and Incarnation in Augustine’s Confessions
Michael S. Hahn, University of Notre Dame

Confession as Cohesion and Communion
David Vincent Meconi, SJ, Saint Louis University

Augustine Making Room in the Conversation
Augustine Marie Reisenauer, O.P, Providence College

 

4.        Love and Knowledge: Cistercian, Victorine, and Franciscan Theology
Room
114
Chair:

Shades of Violent Love in Augustine, Bernard of Clairvaux, and Richard of St. Victor
Burcht Pranger, University of Amsterdam

“Per sora nostra”: From Communion with the Dead to Communion with Death
Dennis Hou, Independent Scholar

Narrative Paideia: Reconsidering Bonaventure’s Model of Theological Education in Light of His Social and Institutional Contexts
Daniel Wade McClain, Loyola University, Maryland

Wisdom and Hypostatic Union in Bonaventure’s Quaestiones disputatae de scientia Christi
Karl Hefty, Villanova University

 

5.        The Poetics of Communion
Room
119
Chair:

Bernard of Clairvaux as Guide (?) in the Paradiso
Anne M. Wiles, James Madison University

The Discourse and Presence of the Saints: Modes of Contemplative Assimilation in Dante’s Paradiso
Tamara L. Pollack, DePauw University

The Sarum Missal, Spiritual Communion, and Personal Sanctity: Margery Kempe and the Feast of the Ascension
Cathryn McCarthy Donahue, College of Mount Saint Vincent

Chaucer and Boethius
Patrick Timmis, University of Virginia

 

6.        Cosmology and Communion
Room
120
Chair:

“By Grace of the Participation of the Word”: Creation and the image of God in Athanasius of Alexandria’s De Incarnatione Verbi
Carl Vennerstrom, Villanova University

The Puzzling Question of Matter between Eriugena and Gilbert de la Porrée
Francesco Paparella, Liceo A. Canova, Mestre, Italy

Aquinas and Sufficient Explanation
Peter Weigel, Washington College

The Intrinsic Providence of Being: The Relationship of Image and Likeness to Being and Knowing in the Book of Genesis
Tim Kelleher, Catholic University of America

            

LUNCH, 11:30 AM-1:15PM
Conference Center Dining Room

Transportation to Villanova Campus available Please check the shuttle schedule in the program at the conference.

SESSION II: 1:30 PM-3:30 PM

7.        Jewish and Christian Relations in the 2nd and 3rd Centuries (2)
Room 
115/117
Organized by Jonathan Yates, Villanova University
Chair:             

The Role of the New Testament in Tertullian’s Aduersus Judaeos
Jonathan Yates, Villanova University

Irenaeus, Matthew, and the Jews: Anti-Jewish Polemic?
D. Jeffrey Bingham, Wheaton College

Beware the Leaven of the Pharisees’: Jewish Teaching and Heresy in Early Christian Exegesis of Matt. 16:6-12 (Mark 8:15; Luke 12:1)
Brian Matz, Carroll College


8.       
Love & the Cohesion of Community from Augustine to the Twelfth Century
Room
101
Organized by Sean Hannan, University of Chicago Divinity School
Chair: Willemien Otten, University of Chicago Divinity School

Love and the Temporal Contours of Community According to Augustine
Sean Hannan, University of Chicago Divinity School

Hugh of St Victor’s Construction of the Pedagogical Community
Robert J. Porwoll, University of Chicago Divinity School

Honorius Augustodunensis and the Order of the World
Dan Yingst, University of Chicago Divinity School

Fullness of Vision: Love as Agent of Unity in Elisabeth of Schönau’s First Book of Visions
Matthew Vanderpoel, University of Chicago Divinity School

               

9.        Prayer, Desire, and the Trinity: A Historical Engagement with S. Coakley's God, Sexuality, and the Self
Room
103
Organized by John T. Slotemaker, Fairfield University
Chair: Paul Kolbet, Independent Scholar

          
Doctrine and Desire: Sarah Coakley on Augustine
Ty Monroe, Boston College

Aquinas and the Incorporative Model of the Trinity
Matthew C. Kruger, Boston College

Prayer, Desire, and Participation in the Divine Life: Reflections on Calvin's Pneumatology
John T. Slotemaker, Fairfield University

Respondent: Paul Kolbet

 

10.     Saint Thomas Aquinas (1): Aquinas on the Eucharist
Room 
114
Organized by Shawn Colberg, Saint John’s University
Chair:

Instrument of Grace: Eucharistic Causality in Thomas Aquinas
Corey Barnes, Oberlin College

Perfect in Itself:  Aquinas on the Eucharist, Grace, and Christian Perfection
Shawn Colberg, Saint John’s University

The Burning Coal: Aquinas on the Eucharist as the Sacrament of Charity
Daria Spezzano, Providence College

 

11.     Saint Augustine (2): The City of God…and other cities
Room
119
Chair:

Communion in the Communion: Lord’s Supper through Abrahamic religions perspectives: Using Augustine’s “peregrinus” as interpretative key
Martin Bellerose, Independent Scholar

Healing and Humanitas in Augustine's City of God
Veronica Roberts, University of Notre Dame

Augustine and the Powers
Chad C. Pecknold, Catholic University of America

 

12.     Avicenna
Room
120
Chair:

Narrating Avicenna: Ibn ufayl and Ibn al-Nafīs on the Role of the Philosopher in Society
David Russell, Independent Scholar

Essence and the Giver of Forms in Avicenna
Carl A. Vater, Catholic University of America

 

SESSION III: 

PLENARY ADDRESS   4:00 PM -6:00 PM

Room 115/117

John C. Cavadini , University of Notre Dame

Wine and Cheese Hour 6:00 PM, Atrium

Please feel free to consult the literature at the registration table for dining suggestions.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2014

SESSION IV: 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM

13.     Scholasticism: Teaching the Truth with the Aid of Natural Reason

Room 115/117
Organized by Benjamin Paul Winter, Saint Louis University
Chair:

The Pedagogical Significance of Hugh of St. Victor's De grammatica
Charles Johnson, Princeton Theological Seminary

Aristotle and the Eternal World Debate in Bonaventure’s Sentence Commentary
Benjamin Paul Winter, Saint Louis University

Non volentis neque currentis: Bradwardine’s View of Grace in the Context of Medieval Exegesis
Amy Alexaner, Saint Louis University

14.     Saint Thomas Aquinas (2):  Contemporary Anthropological Problems
Room
101
Chair:
Organized by Siobhan C. Benitez, Catholic University of America

Aquinas’ Account of Original Sin in Light of Modern Biology
Matthew Dugandzic, Catholic University of America

For the Benefit of the Saints: Towards a Thomistic Soteriology of Creation
Siobhan C. Benitez, Catholic University of America

Collaborating with God: St. Thomas on the Goodness of and Right to Labor
Marc Rugani, Catholic University of America

The Fruits of the Holy Spirit in the Life of Virtue
Andrew Whitmore, Catholic University of America

 

15.     Liturgy and Sacrament in Medieval Theology and Spirituality
Room
103
Chair:  

The Musical Body: Hildegard of Bingen on the Divinity of Music
Jennifer Wang, New School for Social Research

Angelic Sacrifice in the Liturgical Commentaries of Honorius Augustodunensis
Luke V. Togni. Marquette University

Uprooting “Dualism” and Avoiding “Identity”: Concepts of Divine and Human Communion in the Eucharistic Visions of Gertrude the Great of Helfta
Ella Johnson, Saint Bernard’s School of Theology

Etenim manus domini erat cum illo: Toward an Eckhartian Eucharistic Theology
Edward J. Murphy-Schwartz, Independent Scholar


16.    
The Things to Come: Medieval Eschatology in Word and Image
Room
114
Chair:

Editing Eschatology: An Atypical Manuscript of Bede on the Apocalypse
Cathy Bodin, McDaniel College

Visible communion and an eschatological motif in the writings of the women of Helfta
Anne Marie Caron, RSM, University of Saint Joseph

Symbolic Levitation in a Panel in Duccio’s Maestà (1308-11)
Mary D. Edwards, Pratt Institute

Will all be Well? Julian of Norwich and Catherine of Siena on the Question of Universal Salvation
Patricia Donohue, Franciscan University of Steubenville

 

17.     Saint Augustine (3): Augustinianism in Theology: Trajectories of Thought
Room
119
Chair:

Apologetics and the Trinity– Retrieving Augustine’s Apologetic in De Trinitate for the Whole of the Christian Experience of God
Clifton Stringer, Boston College

The Trinitarian Shape of Anselm's Proslogion
Michael Vendsel, Tarrant County College

Thomas Aquinas and the Immaculate Conception: The Influences of Augustine
Anthony Rosselli, University of Dayton

Why Aquinas Does Not Teach Double Predestination á la Calvin
Charles Raith II, John Brown University

 

18.     Life in the World: Patristic and Reformation Perspectives
Room
120
Chair:

18a. Early Christian Society            

A Reassessment of the Religious Policy of the Emperor Gratian (AD 375-383)
Thomas Brauch, Central Michigan University

Eucharist Economics: Christian Teaching on Money Management
John Daniel Holloway, Regent University School of Divinity

18b. Friendship and Community in the Reformation

Mutual Love: Lambert Daneau on Christian Friendship
S. Joel Garver, LaSalle University

Community and Election in the Early Reformation
Dorothy Chang, Columbia University

 

Session V: 10:45 AM-12:15 PM 

19.     The Complexity of Communicatio in High Medieval Thought
Room
115/117
Organized by Robert Sweetman, Institute for Christian Studies
Chair: Anna Bonta Moreland, Villanova University

Theology Descends: Communicatio Verbi as Auctoritas and Principium for Divine Naming in the Twelfth Century
Eric Mabry, Regis College

Communicatio and Its Discourses: A Reading of Aquinas’ Summa Theologiae
Jennifer Constantine-Jackson, Rosemont College

Imitatio as Communicatio: The Vita Christi as Transformative Hinge in the Summa Theologiae of Thomas Aquinas
Robert Sweetman, Institute for Christian Studies

 

20.     The Mozarabs: Problems of Community, Language, and Identity
Room
101
Organized by Jason Busic, Denison University
Chair:

Reading Latin in Arabic: Language, Theology, and Identity
Jason Busic, Denison University

Are the 10th- and 11th-Century Beatus Apocalypse Manuscripts Really Mozarabic?
Kevin R. Poole, Yale University

Memoria Mozárabe: On Mozarabic Glosses
Yasmine Beale-Rivaya


21.     The Means of Knowing:  Scholastic Accounts of Education and Knowledge
Room
103
Chair:

John of Salisbury’s Metalogicon: The Trivium as Social Communion
Brian Gilchrist, Eastern University

The Wisdom of the Word: The Trivium as Medium between Natural and Moral Philosophy in Saint Bonaventure
John Jasso, Pennsylvania State University

Peter Aureoli's Criticism and Defense of Henry of Ghent's 'Lumen Medium'
Stephen Brown, Boston College

 

22.     The Legacy of Eastern Christian Thought
Room
114
Chair:

Divine Friendship & Divine Abandonment in Maximus the Confessor
Ian Gerdon, University of Notre Dame

He Who Is Born of God Does Not Sin”: Faith, Desire, and Ontology in Maximus and Luther
Eric J. DeMeuse, Villanova University

“Hallowed be Thy Name:” The Theology of Imiaslavie
Vasilije Vranic, Saint Sava Seminary

 

23.     Saint Augustine (4): Classical (and/or) Christian Virtue
Room
119
Chair: 

Augustine, Macrobius, and the Culture Wars of Late Antiquity
Robert Forman, Saint John’s University (NY)

The Virtue of “Hope” in Augustine’s Critique of Stoicism
Gerald P. Boersma, Saint Bonaventure University

The City of God, Book X, and the Invention of Piety
J. Stephen Russell, Hofstra University

       

Lunch:  12:15 PM – 1:45 PM

Conference Center Dining Room
Transportation to Villanova Campus available Please check the shuttle schedule in the program at the conference.

Session VI: 1:30 PM-3:30 PM

24.     Communion and the Imago Dei in Medieval Trinitarian Theology

Room 115/117
Organized by Erik van Versendaal, Pontifical John Paul II Institute
Chair:

Divine and Human Begetting: St. Thomas Aquinas on the Hypostatic Union and the Analogy of Personhood
Erik van Versendaal, Pontifical John Paul II Institute

Richard of St. Victor and the Love of the Divine Communio
Michael Camacho, Pontifical John Paul II Institute

Trinitarian Friendship in St. Thomas Aquinas
Jennifer Sanders, Boston College

 

25.     Franciscan Communion: Creating a Charism through Image, Thought, and Practice
Room
101
Organized by Holly J. Grieco, Siena College
Chair:

Lady Jacopa and Francis's Inner Circle: The Scandal of Lived Incarnational Spirituality
Darlene Pryds, Franciscan School of Theology

Bonaventure, Pastoral Work, and Christian Community
Holly J. Grieco, Siena College

St. Colette of Corbie, Margaret of York, and Ghent MS. 8
Carolyn Diskant Muir, University of Hong Kong

The Devil is in(to) the Details: Fray Francisco Pareja’s Confessionario and Timucuan Textual Communities
Timothy J. Johnson, Flagler College


26.    
Origen of Alexandria and Saint Ambrose of Milan
Room
103
Chair:

Pagan Virtue in Origen of Alexandria
John Meinert, Catholic University of America

Here Comes Everybody: Origen on the Diversity of the Church’s Members
John Sehorn, University of Notre Dame

Contesting Paul: Ambrose and Evagrius on Female Monastics
Paul A. Brazinski, Catholic University of America

Set Apart and Living in Common
Steve Hildebrand, Franciscan University of Steubenville

 

27.     Saint Augustine (5): Theological Anthropology and Scriptural Exegesis
Room
114
Chair:

Proles and Spousal Union in Augustine
Joshua Evans, Catholic University of America

Man and Woman United: Augustine and Proba on Male/Female Union in Christ
Robert Parks, University of Dayton

Augustine’s Exegetical Horizon in De Genesi ad Litteram
Willemien Otten, University of Chicago Divinity School

Augustine’s Use of the Psalms in the Pelagian Controversy
Andrew C. Chronister, Saint Louis University

 

28.     Saint Thomas Aquinas (3): Theology and Ethics
Room
119
chair:

Aquinas on “Life” as Hidden Font in Natural and Supernatural Orders
Heather M. Erb, Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania

St. Thomas Aquinas on Christ’s Priesthood, Sacramental Character, and Eternal Life
Jonathan M. Kaltenbach, University of Notre Dame

Can an Enemy be a Friend? A Thomistic Reply
Berek Q. Smith, Independent Scholar

Aquinas, Religious Violence, and Sectarianism
Andrew Kim, Walsh University

 

29.     The Church in the World: Patristic, Medieval, and Early Modern Perspectives
Room
120
Chair:

The Limits of the Church in the Controversies of Saint Cyprian of Carthage
Benjamin Safranski, Catholic University of America

Extra ecclesiam nulla salus: Cyprian and Augustine on the Church
James K. Lee, Southern Methodist University

Anticipating Unam Sanctam: Nature and Grace in Giles of Rome’s De regimine principum
Jacob W. Wood, Franciscan University of Steubenville

Francisco Suárez, S.J. on Religion and Religious Pluralism
Aaron Pidel, SJ, University of Notre Dame

 

Session VII:

Plenary Session 4:00 PM- 5:45 PM

Room 115/117

Martha G. Newman, University of Texas, Austin

Teaching the Eucharist to Cistercian men and women around the year 1200

Vigil Mass 5:45 PM

Room 119

Cocktails 6:15 PM

Atrium & Courtyard

Feast in Celebration of the 39th Patristic, Medieval, Renaissance Studies Conference
7:00 PM
Atrium

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2014
10 AM :  Sunday Roundtable

Visible Communion:  Unity, Sanctity, Sociality
An open conversation with John Cavadini and Martha G. Newman

Room 115/117

All Conference Events will conclude by  12pm.

2014 PMR Conference

Patristic, Medieval, and Renaissance Studies (PMR) at Villanova University invites you to participate in its 39th International PMR Conference on October 24 - 26, 2014!

The PMR committee this year makes a special invitation to scholars from all disciplines in these fields to address our plenary theme:

Visible Communion:  Unity, Sanctity, Sociality