"Augustine, the Canonical Tradition and the Liberal Arts" Date:Oct. 10, 2006 Time:7:00 p.m. sacred music by candlelight, 7:30 p.m. lecture Location:Old St. Joseph Church
Carol Neel, Professor of History at Colorado College
Carol Neel is internationally recognized as an authority on the early Premonstratensians.
This lecture will explore the indebtedness of the liberal arts tradition to the great Father of the Church, Augustine of Hippo and to twelfth-century canons in his religious tradition—notably the Premonstratensians.
It will inquire how Augustine’s interest in the traditional seven liberal arts was driven by his vivid sense of the limitations of language. It will then investigate the ways in which medievals embracing Augustine’s canonical tradition recurred to this intuition, developing rich and original thought about the value of the liberal arts and their relationship to religious experience.
The present lecture will suggest that these ancient and medieval models can valuably inform the contemporary liberal arts community as it struggles to retain its historical primacy in higher education.