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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 2018


doctor-king.jpgCreating Community: Making Martin Luther King Jr.’s Dream a Present-Day Reality

FRIDAY, JANUARY 19
3 P.M., MOORE HALL 124
RECEPTION 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.

richie-final.jpgHow to Fix our Skewed Democracy

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 2
3 P.M., RUANE 105
RECEPTION 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.​

Should Majorities Rule?
(A public debate facilitated by the PC Debate Society)

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 9
3 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.​

brewer-final.jpgThe Science and Spirituality of Mindfulness and Habit Formation

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 16
3 P.M., RUANE 105
RECEPTION 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.​huang-final.jpg

As the Deer Longs for Running Water: The Living Tradition of Gregorian Chant

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 23
3 P.M., RUANE 105
RECEPTION 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.​

smith-final.jpgPope John Paul II’s Shifting Terminology and Thus the Understanding of Humanae Vitae

FRIDAY, MARCH 16
3 P.M., RUANE 105
RECEPTION 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.​

hahn-final.jpgHow does the New Evangelization Fit with Catholic Higher Education?

FRIDAY, APRIL 6
3 P.M., RUANE 105
RECEPTION 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.

enlightenment.jpgMusic in the Age of Enlightenment

FRIDAY, APRIL 13
3 P.M., RYAN CONCERT HALL
RECEPTION TBA

A performance of 18th century music by Faculty Baroque (Kathryn Roth, Laura Gulley, Alice Robbins, and Catherine Gordon).​


woman-in-gold.jpgA Screening and Discussion: Woman in Gold

THURSDAY, APRIL 19
3 P.M., RUANE 105
RECEPTION IN THE FIONDELLA GREAT ROOM
In 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 Golddirected 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.​

 Recent Events

​​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 and Associate Director of the Providenc​e College Humanities Program​

The Humanities Forum Committee:

Eric Bennett, Department of English​
Patrick Breen, Department of History
Suzanne Fournier, Department of English and Associate Director of the Liberal Arts Honors Program
James Keating, Department of Theology and Director of the Providence College Humanities Program
Sandra Toenies Keating, Department of Theology and Director of the Development of Western Civilization Program
Colin Guthrie King, Department of Philosophy
Mahri Leonard-Fleckman, Department of Theology​
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