Regular Faculty

Fr. Michael Dodds, OP in Poland - September 2011

On Wednesday, September 14, I flew to Europe to give lectures in Cracow, Poland and Kiev, Ukraine.

This adventure began a summer ago when I gave a talk in Warsaw at the conference, "Dominicans and the Challenge of Thomism," sponsored by the Polish Dominican Province. At the end of the conference, Fr. Mateusz Przanowski, the Rector of the Dominican College of Philosophy and Theology in Cracow, asked me if I would consider returning to Poland give the opening academic lecture for the College in the fall of 2011. While I was considering that, Fr. Zdzis³aw Szmanda of the Dominican Vicariate in Ukraine suggested that, if I came back to Poland, I might go on to Kiev to give a lecture there as well.

Over the next few months, it was agreed that I would give a public lecture and a mini-course in both places. On September 19, in Cracow, I will give the opening academic lecture, "Science, Language, and the God of Life." The next day, I will fly to Kiev for a week where I will give a public lecture, titled "Minds, Brains, and Human Wholeness," and offer a mini-course on "Thomas Aquinas and Contemporary Science." Returning to Cracow, I will give an expanded version of the course over the next two weeks. The courses will be based on my forthcoming book, Unlocking Divine Action: Contemporary Science and Thomas Aquinas, which will be published by The Catholic University of America Press in October 2012.

I am excited and honored at the invitation and the opportunity (in the words of our DSPT Mission Statement), "from the tradition of St. Thomas Aquinas to engage contemporary scholarship and culture in mutual enrichment."