Professor John F. Crosby Appointed First Senior Fellow of the Hildebrand Project

Professor John F. Crosby Appointed First Senior Fellow of the Hildebrand Project
Also, Major Events Announced for June 2012

Dear Friends,

On behalf of the Board of Trustees of the Hildebrand Project, we are pleased to share with you a significant announcement and also to inform you of several important and rapidly approaching events. 

First, it is our great pleasure to announce that the Board of Trustees has appointed Prof. John F. Crosby as the first Senior Fellow of the Hildebrand Project. As onetime graduate students under Prof. Crosby at Franciscan University of Steubenville, we are particularly honored and happy to share this news with you.

Prof. Crosby's appointment not only represents the culmination of his longstanding relationship with the Project—as cofounder, translator, editor, and fellow trustee—but also the Board's desire to expand and deepen the Project's intellectual infrastructure and intellectual capital. For we envision the Hildebrand Project one day being supported by an extensive roster of distinguished scholars who, as junior and senior fellows, will play a crucial role in communicating and interpreting the key ideas of von Hildebrand.

Prof. Crosby was himself a student of Dietrich von Hildebrand. Besides writing major studies on the thought of John Henry Newman, Max Scheler, and Karol Wojtyla/John Paul II, and making his own contributions to personalist philosophy, Prof. Crosby has devoted his long and distinguished academic career—first at the University of Dallas, then at the International Academy of Philosophy, and currently at Franciscan University of Steubenville—to introducing his students to the intellectual legacy of von Hildebrand, and also to making von Hildebrand better known in scholarly circles. Prof. Crosby was the translator of the English edition of von Hildebrand's philosophical masterpiece, The Nature of Love, and he also serves as the General Editor of all our present and future translations of von Hildebrand's works.

Prof. Crosby's appointment gives us the opportunity to share with you the news of our important emerging partnership with First Things, the distinguished magazine founded by the late Fr. Richard John Neuhaus. Thanks to the generous and enterprising spirit of First Things' Editor-in-Chief, Dr. R. R. Reno, the Hildebrand Project in early June will sponsor two major events at the magazine's NYC headquarters (35 East 21st Street, 6th floor).

On June 5th, beginning at 6:00pm EST, Prof. Crosby will offer a lecture with the title, "The Forgotten Voice of Dietrich von Hildebrand." Louis Bouyer once said that von Hildebrand was the most important Catholic thinker between the two world wars. Prof. Crosby will argue that von Hildebrand was not just a man for that time, but for our time as well. He will show us how to hear von Hildebrand's distinctive voice, and he will explain its perennial significance. We expect seating to be limited, so please RSVP by clicking here if you would like to attend.

Some of you will remember that in 2011, the Hildebrand Project held its first annual Summer Seminar in Alexandria, Virginia. Designed to introduce the major ideas of von Hildebrand, last summer's seminar was presented by Prof. Crosby to an audience of nearly 30 graduate students and philosophically interested people in various professions.

This year, we are pleased to announce that the Hildebrand Project will be hosting our second annual Summer Seminar, this time under the auspices of First Things magazine. Prof. Crosby will once again offer the seminar, which this year is entitled, "The Foundational Ideas in the Philosophy of Dietrich von Hildebrand." The seminar will take place on Monday June 4th, Wednesday June 6th, and Thursday June 7th, between 3:00pm and 5:30pm EST, at the editorial offices of First Things. (Note: there will be no seminar on Tuesday, June 5th, due to Prof. Crosby’s public lecture that evening). Selected readings from the major writings of von Hildebrand will soon be available for free on our website. The following topics will be covered:

  • Monday, June 4: "The place of Dietrich von Hildebrand within the Judeo-Christian Intellectual Tradition"
  • Wednesday, June 6: "Dietrich von Hildebrand and the Renewal of Moral Philosophy"
  • Thursday, June 7: "Dietrich von Hildebrand as Philosopher of the Heart"

Seating at the seminar will be limited to 28 attendees, and will be offered on a preferential basis to those who commit to participating on all three days. To express your interest in attending, please respond to this email (or write to with the following information: name, full contact information, academic status (if applicable), and why you wish to attend. The deadline for expressing interested is next Tuesday, May 22nd. You will be contacted no later than Friday, May 25th if we can offer you a seat.

For those of you who cannot be in NYC for the lecture or seminar, both will be presented on our website via live-streaming video. To participate, simply visit the Hildebrand Project's website during the scheduled times. Viewing will be gratis.

We thank you for your interest and continuing support of the Hildebrand Project. Please encourage your friends and colleagues to participate in our upcoming events!

With cordial best regards,

Ryan K. Lovett

Michael Matheson Miller