John Henry Newman: Scholar, Sage, Saint

20-22 September 2021, Online Symposium from the National Institute for Newman Studies

Due to the ongoing concerns stemming from the coronavirus pandemic, the conference John Henry Newman: Scholar, Saint, Sage - originally planned for Oriel College - has been moved to a primarily online format. The National Institute for Newman Studies (Pittsburgh, PA) will now host the event, with limited spots available for invited speakers to attend the conference in person. This website will be updated with more detailed information about the conference and registration information in the near future. Check back soon for more information, and please consider signing up for our newsletter to keep apprised of any developments.

This conference is co-sponsored by Oriel College, the National Institute for Newman Studies, the University Church of St Mary the Virgin, and the McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts at Duquesne University.

The canonization of John Henry Newman in October 2019 has increased public and academic interest in him. A controversial figure during his own lifetime, Newman’s legacy remains contested by scholars. This conference will explore John Henry Newman as:

  • A Scholar: Newman influenced the academic landscape during his lifetime through his time at Oriel, his academic foundations, and his published works.
  • A Sage: Newman gained a reputation for providing reliable and wise advice early in his career—a reputation which he maintained after his reception into the Roman Church in 1845.
  • A Saint: Newman studied the lives of the saints and recommended them as exemplars of Christian behavior. Newman’s work and life invite discussion on the relationship between sanctity and saintliness.

Confirmed Speakers 

  • Frederick Aquino
  • Claus Arnold
  • Colin Barr
  • Mark Chapman
  • Christopher Cimorelli
  • Eamon Duffy
  • Jane Garnett
  • Elizabeth Huddleston
  • Serenhedd James
  • Benjamin King
  • Ryan Marr
  • Jeremy Morris
  • Peter Nockles
  • Simon Skinner
  • Roderick Strange
  • Geertjan Zuijdwegt
Oriel College, Oxford University
National Institute for Newman Studies
University Church of St Mary the Virgin
McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts at Duquesne University