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The Providence College Humanities Forum

​​​​​​​​​​ The Humanities Forum is an opportunity for ​​​members of the Providence College community to engage regularly in intellectual life outside class, deepen their appreciation for the humanities, and explore diverse perspectives from on and off campus. All are welcome.

Spring 2017

prudlo.jpg"Dominican Saints and the New Mendicant Spirit in the 13th Century"
Friday, January 20 at 3:00 p.m. in Ruane 105 (Reception in the Fiondella Great Room) 
The Rev. Cornelius P. Forster, O.P. Making History Lecture Series (sponsored by The Gladys Brooks Foundation)

Donald Prudlo, Associate Professor of Ancient and Medieval History, Jacksonville State University 

An expert in medieval religious history and medieval Italy, Donald Prudlo is a recognized scholar in hagiography and saints’ lives, medieval miracle stories, Church History, and the development of canonization.

To view Dr. Prudlo's talk, please click here​.


patrick-breen.jpg"The Land Shall Be Deluged in Blood: Reconsidering the Nat Turner Slave Revolt"
Friday, January 27 at 3:00 p.m. in Ruane 105 (Reception in the Fiondella Great Room)
The Rev. Cornelius P. Forster, O.P. Making History Lecture Series (sponsored by The Gladys Brooks Foundation)

Patrick Breen, Associate Professor of History, Providence College 

Professor Breen’s scholarship has established him as a leading authority on the Nat Turner Slave Revolt, the most famous such revolt in American history. His groundbreaking book on the revolt was chosen as an alternate in the History Book Club Series and was chosen for the Military and Library of Science book clubs. 

​To view Dr. Breen's talk, please click here​.


chung-kim.jpg"John Calvin on Poverty and Wealth"
Friday, February 3 at 3:00 p.m. in Ruane 105 (Reception in the Fiondella Great Room)
The Rev. Cornelius P. Forster, O.P. Making History Lecture Series (sponsored by The Gladys Brooks Foundation)

Esther Chung-Kim, Associate Professor of Religious Studies, Claremont McKenna College

Esther Chung-Kim is a specialist in the study of the History of World Christianity, with a focus on religious conflict and social change in Early Modern Europe. Her scholarly interests include the development of religious traditions and the impact of religion on society, politics, and economics in the early modern era.

To view Dr. Chung-Kim's talk, please click here​.


bruce-gordon.jpg"The Life and Times of John Calvin’s Institutes of the Christian Religion"
Friday, February 10 at 3:00 p.m. in Ruane 105 (Reception in the Fiondella Great Room)

Bruce Gordon, Titus Street Professor of Ecclesiastical History, Yale Divinity School 

A Yale Divinity School professor since 2008, Canadian-born Bruce Gordon is an expert on religious cultures of the late-medieval and early modern periods, in particular the Reformation and its reception, and is the author most recently of John Calvin’s Institutes of the Christian Religion: A Biography.




harper.jpg"Sacred and Profane: a performance by I Cantori"
Friday, February 24 at 3:00 p.m. in Fiondella Great Room, Ruane Center for the Humanities (Reception to follow)

Dr. T. J. Harper, conductor
Michael C. Kregler, accompanist

Providence College choir I Cantori illuminates the relationship of text and music in early choral works and their influence on modern choral composition. This performance presentation will include an examination of choral works representing the Renaissance and Contemporary eras by Josquin Desprez, Claudio Monteverdi, Josef Rheinberger, Javier Busto, Z. Randall Stroope, Michael C. Kregler, and Susan LaBarr.


seventh-seal.jpg"A screening and discussion of Ingmar Bergman’s The Seventh Seal"
Thursday, March 16 at 7:00 p.m. in Guzman 250

Hosted by Raphael Shargel, Associate Professor of English, Providence College

A knight returning home from the Crusades meets the figure of Death on a lonely beach. They play chess for the knight’s life as he tries to make peace with his home, family, and God.  This 1957 Swedish film classic established Ingmar Bergman as a visionary film director and is, according to Eric Rohmer, “one of the most beautiful films ever.”




david-k-o'connor.jpg"Fear of Fecundity and the Roots of the Modern World"
Friday, March 24 at 3:00 p.m. in Ruane 105 (Reception in the Fiondella Great Room)

David K. O’Connor, Associate Professor of Philosophy, the University of Notre Dame 

An expert on Ancient Philosophy, Ethics, and the Philosophy of Literature, David O’Connor holds a concurrent Notre Dame faculty appointment in Classics. His scholarship includes extensive study of the relationships among philosophy, art, and literature and he is the author, most recently, of Plato’s Bedroom: Ancient Wisdom and Modern Love.

To view Dr. O'Connor's talk, please click here.


crisp.jpg"Deviant Calvinism: Broadening Reformed Theology"
Friday, March 31 at 3:00 p.m. in Ruane 105 (Reception in the Fiondella Great Room)

Oliver Crisp, Professor of Systematic Theology, Fuller Theological Seminary

Oliver Crisp is a noteworthy scholar specializing in analytic theology, philosophical theology, and historical theology. He is the author of nine books and, in 2015, he received a $2 million John Templeton Foundation research award for a project on Prayer, Love, and Human Nature: Analytic Theology for Theological Formation.

To view Dr. Crisp's talk, please click here.


david-sedley.jpg"Recollection in Plato’s Timaeus"
Friday, April 7 at 4:30 p.m. in the​ Center for Catholic and Dominican Studies​
Keynote Address of the joint Brown University-Providence College Conference on Plato’s Timaeus

David Sedley, Emeritus Laurence Professor of Ancient Philosophy, Fellow of Christ’s College, University of Cambridge 

An acclaimed philosopher and historian of philosophy, David​ Sedley has written five books on subjects of ancient philosophy. He is an honorary member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a Fellow of the British Academy.

To view Dr. Sedley's talk, please click here​.​

clancy.jpg"On Truth and Lies in a Moral Sense​"
Friday, April 28 at 4:00 p.m. in Guzman 250 ​​
Keynote Address of the 2017 conference of the Nietzsche in New England Society

Clancy Martin, Professor of Philosophy, University of Missouri

Clancy Martin is a philosopher, novelist, and essayist. A Pushcart Prize winner and a Guggenheim Fellow, he is the author most recently of Love and Lies: An Essay on Truthfulness, Deceit, and the Growth and Care of Erotic Love.​

 Recent Events -- Fall 2016

​​The Humanities Forum recently hosted the Inaugural Lecture in the Rev. Robert A. Morris Speaker Series. Our guest was Professor Clayborne Carson, Martin Luther King, Jr. Centennial Professor of History and Editor of the Martin Luther King Papers Project, Stanford University. He spoke on "Martin Luther King Jr. and Liberal Arts Education."​

 See Also

​​Director:

Raymond Hain, Department of Philosophy

The Humanities Forum Committee:

Eric Bennett, Department of English​
Patrick Breen, Department of History
Holly Taylor Coolman, Department of Theology
Suzanne Fournier, Department of English and Associate Director of the Liberal Arts Honors Program
Sandra Toenies Keating, Department of Theology and Director of the Development of Western Civilization Program
Colin Guthrie King, Department of Philosophy
Stephen Lynch, Department of English and Director of the Liberal Arts Honors Program​
Patrick Macfarlane​, Department of Philosophy and Associate Director of the Development of Western Civilization Program