Renowned scholar and author Russell Hittinger will be giving a lecture on Friday, January 27 at 4 p.m. The talk, entitled Are Societies Made Unto the Image and Likeness of God? A Thomistic Response to a Disputed Issue, will be held in the St. Kilian’s Café.

Russell-HittingerSince 1996, Hittinger is the incumbent of the William K. Warren Chair of Catholic Studies at the University of Tulsa, where he is also a Research Professor in the School of Law.  He specializes in issues of philosophy, theology and law.  From 2002-2005 he was the Chair of the Department of Philosophy and Religion.

A former Christendom College professor (1986-87), Hittinger has taught at Fordham University and at the Catholic University of America, and has taught as a Visiting Professor at Princeton University, New York University, Charles University in Prague, and at the Pontifical Università Regina Apostolorum in Rome.

Since 2001, he is a member of the Pontifical Academy of St. Thomas Aquinas, founded by Pope Leo XIII. On Sept. 8, 2009, Pope Benedict XVI appointed Hittinger as an ordinarius in the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences.  He is one of two lay academics in the world to serve on these two Pontifical academies.

His books and articles have appeared in the University of Notre Dame Press, Oxford University Press, Columbia University Press, Fordham University Press, the Review of Metaphysics, the Review of Politics, and several law journals.

His most recent book is Thomas Aquinas and the Rule of Law. The First Grace: Re-Discovering Natural Law in a Post-Christian Age was published in Jan. 2003.  His essays on papal social doctrine appeared last year in a two-volume work Law and Human Nature: Teachings of Modern Christianity (Columbia University Press, fall 2005).

Yale University Press will publish his current book, Paper Wars: The Papacy and the Modern State, next year.  He is under contract with Emory to finish a book entitled Aquinas’s Questions on Law: A Primer.

He is organizing the 50th anniversary observance of Pope John XXIII’s encyclical Pacem in terris for the Holy See in Rome.

His talk will be Christendom College’s Annual St. Thomas Aquinas Lecture, which hosts a distinguished guest speaker on or near the feast of St. Thomas Aquinas.

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