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Dr. Russell Hittinger Speaks About St. Benedict
Photo: Dr. Russell Hittinger Dr. F. Russell Hittinger will speak about, “What St. Benedict Taught the Dark Ages – His and Ours,” at 7:30 p.m., on Thursday, Feb. 24 on the University of St. Thomas campus, Jones Hall, 3910 Yoakum. The event is sponsored by John Paul II Forum for the Church in the Modern World and the Center for Thomistic Studies.

Hittinger earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame and his master’s and doctorate in philosophy from St. Louis University. He has held the William K. Warren Chair of Catholic Studies at the University of Tulsa since 1996, where he is also a research professor of Law. He is the Chair of the Department of Philosophy and Religion. Hittinger has taught at Fordham University, in the School of Philosophy at The Catholic University of America, and, as a Visiting Professor, at N.Y.U. and Princeton University. In 1991 and 1994, he was a visiting professor at the Pontifical University Regina Apostolorum in Rome.

Since 2001, he is a member of the Pontificia Academia Sancti Thomae Aquinatis (Pontifical Academy of St. Thomas Aquinas), to which he was elected a full member (ordinarius) in 2004.
He serves on several boards and boards of advisors, including First Things, the American Journal of Jurisprudence, Nova et Vetera, the Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture.

In 1993 Professor Hittinger was invited by the Ministry of Culture of the Italian Government to give a lecture to mark the centenary of the death of Pope Leo XIII. In October 1994 he gave “Secularity and the Anthropological Problem,” as the Inaugural Claude Ryan Lecture in Catholic Social Thought, McGill University in Montreal.

His books and articles have appeared on the University of Notre Dame Press, Oxford University Press, Columbia University Press, Fordham University Press, the Review of Metaphysics, the Review of Politics, several law journals (American and European). His book The First Grace: Re-Discovering Natural Law in a Post-Christian Age was published in Jan. 2003.

The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Dr. John Hittinger, chair of the UST Philosophy Department, at 713-525-2155, e-mail or visit

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