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Call for Papers: Renewing the West by Renewing Common Sense

Renewing the West by Renewing Common Sense
July 17–20, 2014
Huntington, Long Island, New York

Announcing a call for papers and plenary session panelists for an international congress to discuss the revolutionary proposal “Renewing the West by Renewing Common Sense”

Location: Seminary of the Immaculate Conception, 440 West Neck Road, Huntington, Long Island, NY 11743

Dates: Thursday afternoon July 17, 2014, to Sunday morning July 20, 2014

Chief Topics of Discussion:

A Common Sense Understanding of Ethics
A Common Sense Understanding of Politics
A Common Sense Understanding of Philosophy, Science, and the Art
A Common Sense Understanding of Religion and Theology

Also announcing formation of the Thomistic Leadership Circle and the Aquinas School of Leadership, Management, and Organizational Development

Co-Sponsoring Organizations:

• Adler-Aquinas Institute
• Aquinas School of Leadership, Management, and Organizational Development
• Caritas Consulting
• Catholic Education Foundation
• Catholic Education Online/MOOC
• Center for the Study of the Great Ideas
• Holy Apostles College and Seminary
• International Étienne Gilson Society
• Studia Gilsoniana, a Journal in Classical Philosophy

People interested in presenting a paper or being a plenary session panelist should contact conference organizer, Dr. Peter A. Redpath, ASAP, at

Note: This meeting will focus on discussion, not lecture. We intend it as a working conference in which all participants will be as actively involved as possible. Hence, we will try to have as many participants as possible as plenary session panelists.

Total cost for overnight accommodations for 3 nights, plus 9 meals, conference participation, coffee breaks, cocktail reception, and registration: $325.00. The cost is a package deal (whether a person stays 1, 2, or 3 nights). Early arrivals on Wednesday evening permitted at a nominal additional cost (to be determined by the Seminary).

Presently, the Seminary has 30 air-conditioned rooms available for overnight accommodations. They have many other rooms presently available, but only 30 are air-conditioned. Those wanting those rooms should register now and reserve them ASAP.

Registration to start after 12:30 pm lunch on Thursday, July 17, 2014.

Sessions to start at 4:00 P.M., Thursday, July 17, 2014, with a roundtable discussion of “The Nature of Common Sense,” followed by 6:00 PM dinner and an 8:00 PM evening paper by Peter A. Redpath, Rector, Adler-Aquinas Institute and roundtable discussion on the theme “How We can use Common Sense Wisdom to Renew the West.”

Walk-in participation for 3 days, for conference only: $25.00; per day: $10.00 for each day (Thursday, Friday, and Saturday).

Conference ends on Saturday evening after dinner and lecture. Attendees depart Sunday morning after breakfast.

To register and make a room reservation for overnight accommodations, please contact Deirdre Rauch at Caritas Consulting (phone; 585-899-1245; email:

For travel directions to the seminary, check, phone: 631-423-0483, or email

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