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


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

1.        Jewish and Christian Relations in the 2nd Century (1)
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
Organized by Alexander Green, SUNY Buffalo
Chair:  Peter Busch, Villanova University

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
Chair: Jesse Couenhoven, Villanova Univeristy

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

Love and Knowledge: Cistercian, Victorine, and Franciscan Theology

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
Chair:  Tonia Triggiano, Dominican University

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
Chair:  Kevin Hughes, Villanova University

“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 CANCELLED

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)
Organized by Jonathan Yates, Villanova University
Chair: Ely Levine, Villanova University

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

Love & the Cohesion of Community from Augustine to the Twelfth Century
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
Organized by John T. Slotemaker, Fairfield University
Chair: Paul Kolbet, Yale University

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
Organized by Shawn Colberg, Saint John’s University
Chair:  Mark Shiffman, Villanova University

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
Chair:  Brendan Sammon, Saint Joseph's University

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, Princeton University

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

12.     Avicenna
Chair: Benjamin Paul Winter, Saint Luis University

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



Room 115/117

John C. Cavadini , University of Notre Dame
The Church as Sacrament of Creation in Origen and Augustine

Wine and Cheese Hour 6:00 PM, Atrium

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


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:  Carl Vater, Catholic University of America

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 Alexander, Saint Louis University

14.     Saint Thomas Aquinas (2):  Contemporary Anthropological Problems
Chair:  Heather Erb, Lock Haven University
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
Chair:  Ann M. Wiles, James Madison University

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

The Things to Come: Medieval Eschatology in Word and Image
Chair: Frances Biscoglio, Mercy College

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
Chair: Karl Hefty, Villanova University

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, Villanova University

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
Chair:  Eric DeMeuse, Villanova University

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
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
Organized by Jason Busic, Denison University
Chair:  Adriano Duque, Villanova University

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
Chair:  S. Joel Garver, LaSalle University

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
Chair:  Rachel J. Smith, Villanova University

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

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
Chair:   Kevin L. Hughes, Villanova University

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 – 1:15 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:Brendan Sammon, Saint Joseph's University

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
Organized by Holly J. Grieco, Siena College
Chair:  Holly J. Grieco, Siena College

Lady Jacopa and Francis's Inner Circle: The Scandal of Lived Incarnational Spirituality
Darleen 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

Origen of Alexandria and Saint Ambrose of Milan
Chair:  Mark Scott, Villanova University

Pagan Virtue in Origen of Alexandria
John Meinert, Our Lady of the Lake College

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 Universit
y of America (CANCELLED)


27.     Saint Augustine (5): Theological Anthropology and Scriptural Exegesis
Chair:  Burcht Pranger, University of Amsterdam.

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
chair:  Michael Vendsel, Villanova University

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
Chair:  Veronica Roberts, Princeton University

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

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