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.
Creating Community: Making Martin Luther King Jr.’s Dream a Present-Day Reality
FRIDAY, JANUARY 193 P.M., MOORE HALL 124RECEPTION IN MOORE HALL
Part of PC’s week-long Martin Luther King Jr. Convocation event, this faculty discussion will be moderated by Dr. Mahri Leonard-Fleckman of the PC theology faculty. Scheduled faculty presenters include Dr. Comfort Ateh of the education faculty, Dr. Raymond Sickinger of the history faculty, Rev. Joseph Guido, O.P. of the psychology faculty, and Dr. Kendra Brewster of the public and community service studies faculty.
To view the panel discussion, click here.
How to Fix our Skewed Democracy
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 23 P.M., RUANE 105RECEPTION IN THE FIONDELLA GREAT ROOM
Rob Richie is the executive director and co-founder of FairVote, a nonpartisan organization that works to advance electoral reforms “that give voters greater choice, a stronger voice, and a representative democracy that works for all Americans.”
An advocate for systemic electoral reform, Richie is frequently asked to comment on ranked-choice voting and other election-related issues.
To view Mr. Richie's talk, click here.
Should Majorities Rule?(A public debate facilitated by the PC Debate Society)
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 93 P.M., TBD
In a diverse society, the interests of the majority might not always converge with the common good, and the will of the majority might not represent that of the whole. How should we address these problems? Is there another way to decide political decisions in a democracy than to have the majority rule?
The Providence College Debate Society, Dr. Colin Guthrie King (philosophy), and Dr. Adam Myers (political science) will debate these questions in an open forum. There will be an opportunity for those in attendance to participate in the debate.
The Science and Spirituality of Mindfulness and Habit Formation
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 163 P.M., RUANE 105RECEPTION IN THE FIONDELLA GREAT ROOM
Dr. Judson Brewer is a leader in the field of habit change and the “science of self-mastery,” combining 20 years of experience with mindfulness training and research. He has published extensively and given a TED Talk on those subjects, and is regularly featured as an expert in related news stories.
As the Deer Longs for Running Water: The Living Tradition of Gregorian Chant
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 233 P.M., RUANE 105RECEPTION IN THE FIONDELLA GREAT ROOM
Father Garrick Huang, F.S.S.P. is an acclaimed performer and music producer. He was co-music director and one of the singers on Requiem, a 2017 album by The Fraternity, an international community of 280 young priests with an average age of 35 described as “some of today’s most skilled and committed singers of Gregorian chant.” The album reached #1 on Billboard’s classical music chart last June. He is a priest of the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter, a community devoted to the ancient form of the Church’s liturgy.
Pope John Paul II’s Shifting Terminology and Thus the Understanding of Humanae Vitae
FRIDAY, MARCH 163 P.M., RUANE 105RECEPTION IN THE FIONDELLA GREAT ROOM
Dr. Janet Smith is a moral theologian who serves as a consultor to the Pontifical Council on the Family and also serves the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity as a member of the Anglican Roman Catholic International Commission III. She is the author of Humanae Vitae: A Generation Later and of The Right to Privacy and the editor of Why Humanae Vitae Was Right: A Reader.
How does the New Evangelization Fit with Catholic Higher Education?
FRIDAY, APRIL 63 P.M., RUANE 105RECEPTION TBA
Dr. Scott Hahn, Fr. Michael Scanlan, T.O.R. Chair of Biblical Theology and the New Evangelization at Franciscan University of Steubenville, is a best-selling author and popular speaker who also is the founder and president of the Saint Paul Center for Biblical Theology.
Music in the Age of Enlightenment
FRIDAY, APRIL 133 P.M., RYAN CONCERT HALLRECEPTION TBA
A performance and discussion of 18th century music by J. S. Bach and his sons C. P. E. Bach and J. C. Bach accompanied by Faculty Baroque (Kathryn Roth, Laura Gulley, Alice Robbins, and Catherine Gordon).
A Screening and Discussion: Woman in Gold
THURSDAY, APRIL 193 P.M., RUANE 105RECEPTION IN THE FIONDELLA GREAT ROOMIn cooperation with the Jewish-Catholic Theological Exchange
Dr. Deborah Johnson of the Department of Art & Art History will host a discussion following a screening of the 2015 film Woman in Gold, directed by Simon Curtis and starring Helen Mirren, Ryan Reynolds, and Daniel Brühl. Based on a true story, the film describes the challenges and triumph of an elderly Jewish refugee living in the U.S. who mounted a legal battle to recover a long-since stolen painting of her aunt from the Austrian government.
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."
Raymond Hain, Department of Philosophy and Associate Director of the Providence College Humanities Program
The Humanities Forum Committee:
Eric Bennett, Department of EnglishPatrick Breen, Department of HistorySuzanne Fournier, Department of English and Associate Director of the Liberal Arts Honors ProgramJames Keating, Department of Theology and Director of the Providence College Humanities ProgramSandra Toenies Keating, Department of Theology and Director of the Development of Western Civilization ProgramColin Guthrie King, Department of PhilosophyMahri Leonard-Fleckman, Department of TheologyStephen Lynch, Department of English and Director of the Liberal Arts Honors ProgramPatrick Macfarlane, Department of Philosophy and Associate Director of the Development of Western Civilization Program