1. Condon Lecture Series: Spring 2017

    Is the Reformation Over?

    On the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, Lutheran scholar and educator, Prof. Mark Schwehn, will […]

    January 25
  2. Condon Lecture Series: Spring 2017

    Love Divine: Erotic Desires in Christian Mysticism 

    How well do we understand love today, despite popular images of romance? Prof. David Albertson […]

    February 21
  3. Condon Lecture Series: Spring 2017

    Can We Be Good Without God?

    Mr. Bart Compolo, a secular humanist dedicated to helping people who do not believe in […]

    March 28
  4. Condon Lecture Series: Spring 2017

    A Journey from Atheism to Catholicism

    In 2012, writer, blogger, intellectual (she’s a graduate of Yale) and avowed atheist Leah Libresco […]

    April 5

Elie Wiesel (1928-2016)

In 1959, when I was still in high school, I read Night, by Elie Wiesel. After finishing the book, I remember thinking to myself, “how could anyone get through all that he did and still have any hope?” [Read more...]

Faith, Science and the Beauty of the Stars

Bro. Guy Consolmagno, American research astronomer and Director of the Vatican Observatory, joined us in April for a fascinating, and illuminating, look at the heavens through the lens of faith in a Creator. [Read more...]

An Islamist on ISIS: Sherman Jackson talks about the worldwide Muslim response

More than 250 people turned out on a chilly February evening to hear Dr. Sherman Jackson, one of the country’s leading Islamic scholars, frame the actions of ISIS against the history of violent opposition in the context of the Islamic struggle as well as contemporary Islamic theology. [Read more...]

About The Institute


Welcome to the Institute for Advanced Catholic Studies. 

Established to create dialogue, spark ideas, inspire deep thinking, and support important and profound interdisciplinary, interfaith research rooted in the rich Catholic intellectual tradition, the Institute is dedicated to the idea that an ongoing examination of our world from a Catholic perspective is a mission infinitely valuable to both Catholics and the broader public.

The Institute is dedicated to developing a distinctive intellectual capital through the study and application of the long and rich Catholic intellectual tradition — a tradition that includes not only brilliant theologians and philosophers, but also scientists, social scientists, historians, poets, writers, artists, architects and musicians. The Institute promotes understanding, critiquing, and developing Catholic intellectual life for the service not only of the Church, but all religions, especially as it dedicates itself to the common good.

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