Beauty and the Real – an evening with Professor Alice Ramos – full text of lecture

Alice Ramos lecture_December 2013Father Austin Litke, OP of the Catholic Center at NYU introducing Professor Alice Ramos (photo: George Goss) 

Many thanks to all who braved the snow and cold to attend last Saturday’s Art of the Beautiful lecture with Professor Alice Ramos. Those who made it were treated to an excellent presentation on Beauty and the Real. Thanks as always to our Dominican hosts and co-sponsors at the NYU Catholic Center and the Thomistic Institute!

The full text of Professor Ramos’ talk is below.

Summary: In a world of cognitive and moral relativism, where the true and the good have been called into question, we might also question Dostoyevsky’s claim that “Beauty will save the world”. Drawing on the works of Plato and St. Thomas Aquinas, as well as Maritain’s The Responsibility of the Artist and Iris Murdoch’s The Sovereignty of Good, Professor Ramos gives an account of what Beauty is and how it and our culture may be redeemed by a recovery of Truth and Goodness in the arts.

Click this link to download the text of Professor Ramos lecture: Professor Alice Ramos lecture_Beauty and the Real

Professor Ramos provided handouts with this suggested bibliography at the lecture: Plato’s Symposium, Phaedrus and the Republic;  questions relating to beauty and the good in St. Thomas’ Summa Theologiae (ST I, q. 5, a. 4, ad 1; ST I, q. 39, a. 8, resp; ST I-II, q. 27, a. 1, ad 3); Iris Murdoch The Sovereignty of the Good (NY: Schocken Books, 1971); Josef Pieper, Leisure, The Basis of Culture (South Bend, IN: St. Augustine Press, 1998); Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, “The Beauty and the Truth of Christ”, L’Osservatore Romano, English edition, November 6, 2002; Roger Scruton, Beauty (Oxford UP, 2009). Also Professor Ramos’ edited book, Beauty, Art and the Polis (American Maritain Association, 2000, distributed by CUA) and her more recent Dynamic Transcendentals: Truth, Goodness, and Beauty from a Thomistic Perspective (Washington, DC: The Catholic University of America Press, 2012)

The next Art of the Beautiful event will be Love and Artistic Genesis, a presentation by Anthony Esolen, at 7.30pm, Saturday, January 25th at the Catholic Center at NYU. We look forward to seeing you there. Wishing all our members, patrons and friends a blesséd Advent and a joyous Christmastide!


Beauty and the Real – an evening with Professor Alice Ramos

The Catholic Artists Society and the Thomistic Institute in New York invite you to this fourth event in The Art of the Beautiful series: Professor Alice Ramos of St. John’s University will speak on Beauty and the Real.

Professor Ramos, a member of St. John’s University’s Philosophy department, has also lectured in Philosophy at the University of Navarre. She is a past president of the American Maritain Association and has edited several publications, including Art, Beauty and the Polis, a collection of essays on the subject of the arts from writers in the Thomistic-Aristotelian tradition.

The lecture will be followed by a reception and sung Compline, the nighttime prayer of the Liturgy of the Hours.

Admission is free but space is limited. We encourage you to arrive early to get a seat!


Audio from Advent recollection with Father Austin Dominic Litke, OP

Father Austin Dominic Litke, OP offered the following reflection at the Catholic Artists Society’s Advent recollection on Thursday, 5 December 2013. Father Austin is the assistant chaplain at the Catholic Center at NYU. He is a native of Henderson, Kentucky and was ordained a priest in May, 2011. The recollection took place at the historic Basilica of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral in New York’s SoHo district.

Speaking on the Blessed Virgin Mary’s place in the plan of salvation and our Christian spiritual life, Father Austin meditates on three titles of Our Lady from the Litany of Loreto: Domus aurea (House of Gold), Rosa mystica (Mystical Rose) and Speculum iustitiae (Mirror of Justice).

Special thanks to:

  • Monsignor Donald Sakano – Pastor of the Basilica of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral
  • Rev. Austin Dominic Litke, OP
  • Monsignor John Ahern
  • Mr. Joshua Vargas – altar server
  • Mr. Jared Lamenzo – Choirmaster and Organist
  • Mr. Dan Donohue – poster
  • Mr. Stuart Chessman – photography
  • Mr. Dino Marcantonio
  • Mr. Manuel Albino
  • Ms. Carole Ann Brammer



Advent Evening of Recollection – December 5, 2013

Father Austin Litke, OP will lead an Advent Evening of Recollection for arts and media professionals at 7pm on Thursday, December 5, 2013 at the Basilica of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral in SoHo, New York City.

The evening will include a reflection on the work and spiritual life of the artist, silent Eucharistic Adoration, opportunity for Confession and will finish with Solemn Benediction. Jared Lamenzo, Organist and Choirmaster at the basilica, will lead the music.

Following the hourlong recollection, there will be a reception at the Parish House at 263 Mott Street.

RSVP to by Tuesday, December 3rd.

CAS Advent 2013 invitation