The Saint Katherine College Forum

The Saint Katherine College Forum

October 2011

St. Katherine College, the first ever Orthodox college of the liberal arts and sciences, is pleased to present the following speeches from its lecture series titled “The St. Katherine College Forum.” Recorded on the campus of St. Katherine’s in San Diego, California, the series is open to the public and features a wide array of speakers from the college and elsewhere.



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  • February 10, 2014
    Anthony Fowler of Chicago University
  • December 10, 2013
    If you missed the 1 day St. Katherine College Share-a-Thon, here is a recording which will give you a wealth of information about the school, it's mission, vision, and progress.
  • November 19, 2013
    Gaelan Gilbert of Saint Katherine College
  • October 3, 2013
    Dn. Rico Monge of the University of San Diego
  • May 2, 2013
    J. Andrew Deane, Ph.D.
  • April 22, 2013
    Dr. Derry Connolly, President of John Paul the Great University in San Diego
  • April 8, 2013
    Rick Kennedy, Professor of History at Point Loma Nazarene University
  • April 4, 2013
    Professor Radu Munteaunu
  • March 11, 2013
    Mr. Alan Shlemon
  • November 5, 2012
    Beginning with an extended introduction by His Grace Bishop Maxim of the Serbian Orthodox Church, who also serves as the translator for this lecture, this lecture by Dr. Christos Yannaras explains how Eastern Orthodox theology is an important part of understanding the perennial question of the relation between science and philosophy.
  • October 29, 2012
    The Passion narrative in the gospel of Luke famously recounts how one of the bandits crucified with Christ asks the Lord to remember him in his kingdom (Luke 23:39-43). In this lecture, Dr. Mark Bilby of the University of San Diego and Point Loma Nazarene University explains the significant effect that John Chrysostom's homilies had on the interpretation of this passage. Bilby surveys interpretations of the passage prior to Chrysostom, details what Chrysostom did (and did not) emphasize in his interpretation, and shows how those emphases became part of the interpretive tradition on the passage. The lecture concludes with a discussion of how Chrysostom's homilies on the bandit might have formed the lectionary tradition concerning Luke 23:39-43 in the East.
  • October 15, 2012
    In this lecture on Arvo Part, the preeminent Eastern Orthodox composer, Dr. Cecilia Sun, assistant professor music at the University of California, Irvine, explores the ways in which Part's "Credo" composition is formed from a number of diverse musical traditions, including most prominently the work of J. S. Bach. Carefully analyzing the musical structure of "Credo," which contains text from the Nicene creed, Dr. Sun explains how the composition marks a complex transition in Part's oeuvre.
  • October 15, 2012
    How could a slave and a Roman emperor possibly agree about the nature of the good life? In this lecture, Dr. Robert Thomas Llizo of the Torrey Honors Institute at Biola University explains how the shared Stoic philosophy of Epictetus and Marcus Aurelius shaped their thinking about what it means to live a good life, and how the Stoic teaching about power and human corruption might cause us to rethink our assumptions about the corrupting effects of power.
  • October 1, 2012
    The question of how to integrate the activities of one's daily life into one's contemplative life has been a pressing question since the time of Aristotle. In this lecture, Dr. Gary Hartenburg, a professor of philosophy at Saint Katherine College, examines why Aristotle thought it was so difficult to integrate the active and contemplative lives and how a number of Christian thinkers in different traditions have responded to the challenge.
  • September 17, 2012
    In the opening lecture of the Fall 2012 Saint Katherine College Forum, Dr. Michael Ward argues that C. S. Lewis was successful as an apologist because he recognized the necessary place of the imagination in the defense of Christianity. Drawing from an array of Lewis's writings, Ward draws out elements of Lewis's theorizing about the imagination and explains how they affected the works he wrote in defense of the faith.
  • March 29, 2012
    The ideas about God and human persons that Plato writes down in his dialogue, Timaeus, express a unique account of divine and human personhood. Dr. Patricia Slatin, currently a postdoctoral fellow in classics at Stanford University, explains the central points of Plato's account, showing the many ways they coincide with Eastern Orthodox theology.
  • March 21, 2012
    Dr. Scott Cairns, renowned poet and visiting professor at St. Katherine College, assays the meaning of suffering, beginning from the ubiquity of grief and the shallow nature of many explanations. Drawing from the insight of St. Isaac of Syria that love of God proceeds from our conversing with him, Cairns explains that the conditions for such a conversation point to a way of coming to grips with suffering.
  • March 12, 2012
    The All-Night Vigil by Sergei Rachmaninoff has been called one of the most beautiful musical works ever composed. Using musical examples drawn from the history of Russian music, Dr. Vladimir Morosan, an expert on the history of Russian sacred music, reveals some of the musical sources of the All-Night Vigil and explains how Rachmaninoff wove them together to create a composition that was uniquely his own.
  • March 9, 2012
    Dr. Arthur Seamans, professor emeritus of literature at Point Loma Nazarene University, tells the story of the life of John Donne and describes how he wrestled with God in his poetry. From the wide-ranging poems of Donne, Seamans distills three levels of love for both God and humans and describes the interplay between both kinds of love.
  • February 20, 2012
    Dr. John Coroneus, professor of science at Saint Katherine College, explains three basic ways in which people attempt to deceive us by misusing science: by telling the truth out of context, by pairing pictures with words, and by asking leading questions. In illustrating these three methods of deception, Dr. Coroneus shows how even a little scientific knowledge can protect us from deception, though he also cautions us against simply adopting a skeptical way of life.
  • February 13, 2012
    Dr. Eugenia Constantinou, professor of theology at the University of San Diego, discusses how St. John Chrysostom's vocation as a pastor informed his biblical preaching. By explaining the historical and ecclesiastical contexts of Chrysostom's day and by summarizing a number of his scattered remarks about the Bible, Dr. Constantinou illuminates a number of otherwise puzzling features of Chrysostom's homilies and shows how they evidence his commitment to the value of understanding the Bible.
  • February 6, 2012
    Scott Cairns, renowned poet and visiting professor at St. Katherine College, explores the similarities and differences between art, vocation, and prayer. Drawing from his own experience as a poet, Cairns describes poetry not primarily as a means of expressing oneself or even helping others, but as a way of seeing and an art of producing objects fit for us to behold. Cairns also calls us to think about vocation not primarily as a way we minister to others, but as a way in which God blesses our lives by giving us meaningful work.
  • November 21, 2011
    Fr. John Strickland, professor of history at Loyola Marymount University and adjunct professor at St. Katherine College, outlines the history of communism in Soviet Russia and explains the ways in which Orthodox Christianity contributed to its collapse.
  • November 18, 2011
    Fr. Justin Sinaites, the only American monk at Saint Catherine's Monastery in Sinai and the monastery’s librarian, discusses the place of Saint Catherine’s Monastery in the life of the Orthodox church, both past and present, and the challenge it faces in preserving its spiritual heritage in a world in which the monastery is no longer as isolated as it once was.
  • November 14, 2011
    Dr. Carol Blessing, professor of literature at Point Loma Nazarene University, provides background and insight into the work and ideas of the Puritan poet John Milton. By emphasizing Milton's educational, political, and religious background, Blessing shows the extent to which Milton's Paradise Lost subverts the traditional epic genre and moves it in new directions.
  • November 7, 2011
    Kay Harkins, associate professor of English Literature and Language at St. Katherine College, assays an Orthodox theory of literary criticism, which she bases on the principles of humility and compassion. Drawing on C. S. Lewis's A Preface to Paradise Lost, Harkins shows how an Orthodox approach to the old epic poems explains both why and how we ought to read them.
  • October 24, 2011
    Dr. Eve Tibbs, dean of St. Katherine College and professor of theology, weaves together accounts of the early Christian church, the doctrine of the Trinity, and the thought of Met. John Zizioulas—especially his teaching that unity and diversity exist together as communion—to provide an explanation of how the Orthodox church has maintained its ecclesial unity in the face of forces that would divide its members from each other.
  • October 17, 2011
    Gary Hartenburg, professor of philosophy at St. Katherine College, explains how the Presocratic philosophers represent an advance from the Homeric way of thinking, and what problems they faced in reconciling personal and scientific explanations—a problem that remains with us to this day.
  • October 10, 2011
    Drawing on the story of Alexander Fleming’s discovery of antibiotics, Dr. Papatheofanis, president of St. Katherine College, explains how God can intervene in the history of scientific discoveries in ways that present challenges to scientific theories, including the Darwinian theory of natural selection.
  • October 3, 2011
    Drawing from various works by C. S. Lewis, Fr. Andrew Cuneo, professor of literature at St. Katherine College, shows how Lewis’s model of education remains viable and even more necessary today than it was in Lewis’s own time.

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