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   Volume II, Issue 4
May 2006   

Library hosts panel of authors on Augustine and Politics

by Darren G. Poley

On February 24, John Doody, Ph.D., convened nine panelists to discuss the essays they contributed to Augustine and Politics (Lexington Books, 2004). Dr. Doody, associate dean, College of Arts and Sciences, and director, Augustine and Culture: The Villanova Seminar program, moderated the event and elicited comments from each of the panelists.

The panelists (in speaking order) were David C. Schindler, Ph.D., assistant professor, Humanities and Augustinian Traditions department; Phillip Cary, Ph.D., assistant professor of
    Dr. Doody and Dr. Hoskins
philosophy, Eastern University; Kim Paffenroth, Ph.D., chair and associate professor of religious studies, Iona College; Kevin L. Hughes, Ph.D., associate professor, theology and religious studies department; Rev. Thomas F. Martin, O.S.A., Ph.D., associate professor, theology and religious studies, and director, Augustinian Institute; Thomas W. Smith, Ph.D., chair, Humanities and Augustinian Traditions, and associate professor, political science department; Todd Breyfogle, Ph.D., director, Honors Program, University of Denver; Eugene McCarraher, Ph.D., assistant professor, Humanities and Augustinian Traditions; and Paul Wright, Ph.D., Barbieri Fellow in the Humanities, Augustine and Culture Seminar program.

The panel was held on the second floor of Falvey Memorial Library, adjacent to an exhibit of rare editions of Saint Augustine’s City of God. Bente Polites, Special Collections librarian, assisted by Teri Ann Incrovato, mounted the exhibit in honor of the event.

The essay collection, edited by Dr. Doody, Dr. Hughes, and Dr. Paffenroth, was the inspiration for the Augustine and Politics Conference which concluded with the panel discussion and a reception in the Library. The book is part of the Augustine in Conversation: Tradition and Innovation series.

Gregory Hoskins, Ph.D., Gallen Teaching Fellow, Augustine and Culture Seminar program, organized the two day conference, co-sponsored by the Augustine and Culture Seminar program, the Augustinian Institute, the Office for Mission Effectiveness, the political science department and Falvey Memorial Library.

Darren G. Poley is Coordinator of Programming and Outreach; photograph by Laura Hutelmyer