The New Norcia Institute for Benedictine Studies is delighted to invite you to a very special ‘Annual Institute Day’ on the 25th August. Our theme for this year is ‘The Encounter of Christianity and Contemporary Culture’.
The keynote speaker for this year is Dr Paul Tyson, a leading Australian philosopher, whose researches have focused on the encounter between Christianity, modernity and post-modernity. His is the author of many articles and books, and has taught at the University of Queensland, the University of Nottingham and the Australian Catholic University. His lecture is entitled Real Value and Meaning for our Times, and will argue the need for our society to recover the realities of ‘meaning’ and ‘value.’
In the afternoon, there will be a discussion panel, on the theme ‘What can contemporary culture learn from the Church, and what can the Church learn from contemporary culture’. A range of experts from diverse backgrounds will lead the discussion, including Dr. Angela McCarthy (Lecturer in Theology, Notre Dame University), Dr. Paul Tyson, Dr. Liam Lynch (Lecturer in Cultural Studies, Curtin University), and Tom Gourlay (President of the Dawson Society for Humanities).
Finally, there will be a musical recital by Fr. Robert Nixon, osb, featuring a selection of original compositions. A splendid lunch and morning and afternoon tea is included within the programme of the day, as well as a pass to our museum and art gallery. A concessional price is available for those eligible.
The day commences with registration and morning tea at 10:00am, at St. Gertrude’s College, and will conclude at 3:15pm.