Commemorating 800th Anniversary of St. Thomas Aquinas' Birth

This academic year marks the 800th anniversary of Thomas Aquinas' birth, together with the 750th anniversary of this death, and the 700th anniversary of his canonization. We are commemorating this monumental occasion with a number of events throughout the year, both on Notre Dame's campus and globally. The headline event for this commemoration is the "Aquinas at 800: Ad multos annos" conference, of which the Maritain Center is a primary sponsor. See below for other academic events sponsored in connection with this anniversary.

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"Aquinas at 800: Ad multos annos" Conference

September 22-25, 2024; University of Notre Dame - South Bend, Indiana

This conference celebrates the 800th anniversary of the birth of Thomas Aquinas, exploring the ongoing importance of his thought to contemporary cultural, philosophical, and theological discussions.

The comprehensive and systematic character of Aquinas’ thought has for centuries informed inquiry into questions of human dignity, freedom, economic development, work, poverty, the environment, and other issues of global significance.

In gathering many of the most accomplished contemporary scholars of Aquinas’ thought from throughout the world working on themes in Ethics, Metaphysics, Epistemology, Anthropology, Political Theory, Christology, Trinitarian Theology, Sacramental Theology and Ecclesiology, among others, the conference will promote fruitful interchange of diverse perspectives on the importance of Aquinas in the world today.

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Icon of Thomas Aquinas with text: Symposium Thomistic VII Vienna, 6-8 June 2024

Symposium Thomisticum VII: Aquinas in History

June 6-8, 2024 // Dominicanerkloster - Vienna, Austria

The seventh gathering of the Symposium Thomisticum features many of the most significant contributors to contemporary Thomistic scholarship. The symposium theme, "Aquinas in History" invites reflection on Aquinas' intellectual sources and influences as well as his legacy in later scholarship.

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Conference poster for "Bonaventure and Thomas Aquinas in Dialogue: Conference on the 750th Anniversary of Their Death." with image of Dominican friar wearing weight habit and black mantle peering into office of  Franciscian friar wearing episcopal garb, engaged in mystical dialogue with St. Francis, surrounded by angels.

Bonaventure and Thomas Aquinas in Dialogue: Colloquium on the 750th Anniversary of their Death

June 13-14, 2024; The Sorbonne - Paris, France

This is a two-day conference, June 13-14, 2024, in honor of the joint 750th death anniversaries of Thomas Aquinas and Bonaventure. In honor of this event, the University of Notre Dame (via the Maritain Center, History of Philosophy Forum, and Medieval Institute) is collaborating with the Sorbonne, CNRS, and the Leonine Commission to bring 13 specialists together at the Sorbonne in Paris, to present papers on various aspects of the philosophy and theology of both Aquinas and Bonaventure. The program focuses on papers that will not just address one or the other thinker, but rather will take up the two together in a historical relation to each other---a surprisingly neglected mode of reading that we hope will increase our historical understanding of both medieval thinkers and raise to prominence ways in which they mutually influenced or disagreed with each other. The papers will be published in a volume edited by the organizers.

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"Saint Thomas Aquinas, the Common Doctor" Lecture Series

Dates to be announced // University of Notre Dame - South Bend, Indiana

Notre Dame faculty from across colleges and departments discuss how Aquinas has influenced their discipline and their approach to the profession. This lecture series shows that Aquinas' legacy persists not only in philosophy and theology, where he commonly shows up in the classroom, but in the other arts and sciences as well.

Maritain Lecture: Eleonore Stump on Suffering and Theodicy

March 19, 2024 // University of Notre Dame - South Bend, Indiana