Augustine Scholar to Deliver 2016 Galbraith Lecture
Date published: April 5, 2016
Michael Foley, Ph.D., professor and scholar, will deliver the University of Dallas
Constantin College of Liberal Arts’ second annual Galbraith Lecture on “The Hidden
Unity of St. Augustine’s Confessions.” The event, which will be held Thursday, April
14, at 7:30 p.m. in the Art History Auditorium, is free and open to the public.
“We’re excited to have Dr. Foley for several reasons: he’s a celebrated scholar focusing
on the works of St. Augustine, and his lecture will highlight the topic of his current
book project; he’s an engaging speaker who’ll have a wide appeal; and he’ll be able
to bring into special relief a much-beloved work that both current students and alumni
have spent time working through and reflecting upon, the ‘Confessions,’” said Jonathan
J. Sanford, dean of Constantin College and professor of philosophy.
Foley is an associate professor of patristics at Baylor University. He received his
doctorate from Boston College. His specialties are patristics and St. Augustine of
Hippo; his research interests include the thought of St. Augustine, liturgy, comedy
and tragedy, and classical political philosophy. Foley is currently working on a translation
of St. Augustine’s “Cassiciacum Dialogues” as well as a book on the unity of the “Confessions.”
There will also be a bonus talk on Friday, April 15, at 4:30 p.m. in Upstairs Haggar:
"Drinking Like a Saint," based on Foley's book "Drinking with the Saints: The Sinner’s
Guide to a Holy Happy Hour." Wine and cheese will be served.
With special thanks to the family of Alex T. Galbraith, this lecture is part of the
Constantin College Galbraith Lecture Series, which each year brings to campus speakers
of academic and professional distinction whose expertise complements the central texts
and themes of UD’s Core curriculum.
For more information on the lecture, visit https://udallas.edu/calendar/event/1565/constantin-college-galbraith-lecture.
Painting: de Champaigne, Philippe. "Saint Augustine." 1645. Public domain.