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Spring 2021 Lectures

The Aquinas Educational Foundation will sponsor or co-sponsor four virtual lectures this spring. Saints will be the emphasis.

  • March 2: Sr. Ann Astell, “Hallowed History: Willa Cather’s Death Comes for the Archbishop.” Join via Zoom at 7:30 p.m. Professor Astell will discuss the living sacrifice of the title character against the background of this novel’s treatment of time, moral obligation, brotherhood, hagiography, and eschatology. A professor of theology at the University of Notre Dame and a former Purdue professor of English, she has authored six books and was editor or co-editor of seven volumes. Most recently, Professor Astell completed a book-length study of saints’ lives and the Bible.
  • March 22: Dr. Tania Checci Gonzales,  “Migrating Images and Ritual Effects: A Mimetic Take on Aby Warburg.” Dr. Tania Checchi (Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico City) will speak Monday, March 22 from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. via Zoom (  on the religious anthropology of René Girard to interpret a set of images explaining how symbols emerge and migrate and why they are paired as polarities, thus giving a name to the unnamed seminal inquiry of Aby Warburg. Tania Checchi has taught Aesthetics, Ethics, and Philosophy of Religion at Universidad Iberoamericana since 2002. Her work deals with the phenomenological tradition and its emphasis on ethics as first philosophy, interreligious dialogue from the perspective of mimetic theory, and the philosophical status of the image as a symbolic and ritual effect. Her book, “Sense and Exteriority,” is a treatment of Levinas’s phenomenology. She has also published articles on her main areas of study and has translated works by Fackenheim, Dufrenne, Gilbert, and Levinas.
  • April 7: Dr. Martha Reineke,  “‘An Endless Amatory Flirtation:’ Jewish Influences on the Theology of Teresa of Avila.”
  • April 22: Fr. Thomas McDermott, O.P., “St. Catherine of Sienna: Doctor of the Catholic Church/Doctor of Friendship.”

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