St. Thomas Aquinas Lecture Series

Welcome to the St. Thomas Aquinas Lecture Series sponsored by Albertus Magnus College. This series has been named after St. Thomas Aquinas, a scholar and member of the Dominican order, who left behind knowledge and inquiry.

Since its founding in 1925 by the Dominican Sisters of Peace, the College has cherished its Dominican tradition and Catholic heritage through the pursuit of truth in all its dimensions. The College continues to use this tradition and heritage as a lens to which it "responds to the academic needs and ethical challenges of its students and society." (Statement of Mission, 2003)

The lecture series, brought to you in the spirit of St. Thomas Aquinas, highlights speakers and topics that challenge our quest for the truth today.

This event is made possible through the generosity of the Marie Louise Bianchi '31 Fund.

Upcoming Lectures

To RSVP, please email or call 203-773-8502.

This series is made possible through the generosity of the Marie Louise Bianchi ’31 Fund.

Note: Those attending the lectures in person must follow the College’s vaccination policy.


Dr. Ann GarridoSt. Catherine of Siena Lecture
Guest Presenter: Dr. Ann Garrido, Aquinas Institute
“Truth In All Its Dimensions”
Monday, April 11, 2022, 5:30 p.m.
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Previous Lectures

Dr. Charles CamosySt. Thomas Aquinas Lecture
Guest Presenter: Dr. Charles Camosy, Fordham University
“Disability and the End of Life: How Secularized Medicine Supports a Throwaway Culture”
Wednesday, January 26, 2022, 5:30 p.m. ET
(Snow date Thursday, January 27, 2022)
Limited seating is available in the Behan Community Room at the Hubert Campus Center, 831 Winchester Avenue, New Haven, CT 06511

Thomas MassaroSt. Albert the Great Lecture
Guest Presenter: Rev. Thomas Masssaro, S.J.,
Fordham University
“Faith-Based Advocacy for Social Justice:
Lessons from Pope Francis”
Tuesday, November 16, 2021, 5:30 p.m. ET
Limited seating is available in the Behan Community Room at the Hubert Campus Center, 831 Winchester Avenue, New Haven, CT 06511.

Kristin Heyer

“Kinship with Immigrants: A Christian Ethic for Troubling Times”

St. Catherine of Siena Lecture
Kristin E. Heyer, Professor of Theological Ethics and Director of Graduate Studies in the Theology Department at Boston College.


“Re-examining Vulnerability as Capacious”

St. Thomas Aquinas Lecture
Father James F. Keenan, S.J., Vice Provost for Global Engagement, Canisius Professor, Director of Jesuit Institute Theology Department at Boston College.

Teresa Berger

“Communication with the Whole Cosmos? Re-thinking Liturgy in a Time of Ecological Devastation”

St.Thomas Aquinas Lecture
Explore some of the rich intersections between the world of liturgy and the worlds of creation and cosmos.
Teresa Berger, Professor of Liturgical Studies at the Yale Institute of Sacred Music and Yale Divinity School

Phyllis Zagano

“What About Women Deacons?”

St. Albert the Great Lecture
Do women have a future in the Catholic Church? What is the role of women in the Church?
Phyllis Zagano, Senior Research Associate-in-Residence, Department of Religion at Hofstra University

Dr. Hosffman Ospino

“Journeying with Young Hispanics on the Path of Faith and Discernment”

St. Catherine of Siena Lecture
What does it mean to be young and Hispanic in the United States? What strategies will better serve the pastoral and spiritual needs of this important population?
Dr. Hosffman Ospino, Associate Professor at Boston College School of Theology and Ministry, and director of graduate programs in Hispanic Ministry

Kerry Alys Robinson

“Imagining Abundance: The Role of Young Adults in the Church”

St. Thomas Aquinas Lecture:
The Church's greatest asset is its people, and there is no more urgent time that now to be an exemplary steward of the gift and promise of young adults.
Kerry Alys Robinson, Author and lecturer on subjects of faith; founding executive and global ambassador of Leadership Roundtable

Dr. Theresa O'Keefe

“Sharing Truth and Community with Young Adults: Dominican Spirituality for a Meaningful Life”

St. Albert the Great Lecture
Young adults need spiritual guidance to imagine a vision for their lives and hope for the world.
Dr. Theresa O'Keefe, Associate Professor at Boston College in the area of religious and faith development among adolescents and young adults

“Adulting in Three Simple Steps: A Christian Path to Maturity” Watch on YouTube

“Sharing Truth and Community with Young Adults: Dominican Spirituality for a Meaningful Life” Watch on YouTube

Imam Omer Bajwa

“Catholic-Muslim Relations: Current Perspectives and Future Directions”

Imam Omer Bajwa, Director of Muslim Life, Chaplain’s Office, Yale University

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Dr. Mary Evelyn Tucker

“Journey of the Universe: An Epic Story for our Shared Future”

Dr. Mary Evelyn Tucker, Senior Lecturer and Research Scholar, Yale University

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Rabbi Herbert Brockman

“The Essence of Interfaith Dialogue: Faith Over Fear”

Rabbi Herbert Brockman, Vice President, Spiritual Leader of Congregation Mishkan Israel

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Barbara E. Reid, O.P.

“Seeking the Truth that Sets us Free”

Barbara E. Reid, O.P., Vice President, Academic Dean and Professor of New Testament Studies at Catholic Theological Union

Dr. Paul F. Lakeland

“The Need for Mercy in Today’s World: From Aquinas to Bergo”

Dr. Paul F. Lakeland, Aloysius P. Kelley, S.J., Professor of Catholic Studies, Fairfield University

Sr. Ann Willits, O.P.

“Dominic Becomes Us”

Sr. Ann Willits, O.P., Preacher, Poet, Writer and Lecturer

“Meister Eckhart: An Active Contemplative for a Busy World”

Donald Goergen, O.P., Professor of Systematic Theology at the Aquinas Institute of Theology

“Divine Compassion: A Point of Convergence among Christians, Jews and Buddhists”

Janet K. Ruffing, R.S.M.

“Reflections on St. Albert the Great and St. Thomas Aquinas”

Archbishop Leonard P. Blair

Theresa Rickard, O.P.

“The Vision of Pope Francis: A Church More Merciful, Missionary and Welcoming”

Theresa Rickard, O.P., President of RENEW International

Denys Turner

“A Teacher and Two Students: Albert, Thomas Aquinas and Meister Eckhart”

Dr. Denys Turner, teacher, scholar and author of "Thomas Aquinas: A Portrait" (2013)

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Toni Harris, O.P.

“Religious Iconography through the Lens of the Dominican Charism”

Toni Harris, O.P., former Justice Promoter for the Dominican Order

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Timothy Radcliffe, O.P.

“How Can We Talk About God Today?”

Timothy Radcliffe, O.P.

Fr. Brian Pierce, O.P.

“Caught in the Middle — Between Two Friends”

Fr. Brian J. Pierce, O.P.
Province of St. Martin de Porres

Nancy Murray

Rooted in Love: The Life and Death Story of Sr. Dorothy Stang

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Janice McLaughlin, O.P.

“Can You Carry an Elephant?”

Janice McLaughlin, O.P.
President, Maryknoll Sisters

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David Caron, O.P.

“Choosing Civility and Respect: A Catholic and Dominican Perspective”

David Caron, O.P.
Interim President, Aquinas Institute of Theology

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Mary Hilker, O.P.

“Reading the Word of God and the Book of Nature”

Mary Catherine Hilkert, O.P.
Professor of Theology, University of Notre Dame

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