This Winter Joseph is leading a second course of his own design Reading Dante: A Pilgrim’s Journey. His first design effort was the Reformation: 500 Years Later, which took place in last fall. Joseph has been involved with Thomas More for roughly two years and first heard about the Institute through the Liberal Arts Colloquium. His interests include history of Christian thought in Western Europe, as well as the relationships between theology and literature and how this connection can be used to illustrate Christian doctrines. Joseph’s Masters’s thesis explored the evolution of Papal authority in Western Europe. He is currently completing his PhD, in which he explores the theology of love in the works of J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis. He is also teaching in the Theology department at Concordia University.
Last Fall Ferdinando designed and led the New Religious Movements of Roman Empire: Early Christianity and Rabbinic Judaism. He was referred to Thomas More by a friend and has been involved with the Institute and has been involved with the Institute since September 2016. He debuted as a leader in the Thomas More’s Seniors Program. Ferdinando graduated from Concordia University, having completed a double major in Classical History and Theology. He recently completed his Master’s degree with a thesis that focused primarily on the development of Judaism and Christianity after the Romans destroyed the Second Holy Temple in Jerusalem in 70 CE. His fields of interest touch on the topics of history, philosophy, art, archaeology and literature.
Currently leading in Basic Essay Writing, Greg designed and led Imaginative Poetry Writing in the Fall term. Greg found out about the Thomas More Institute when coming across our courses flyers at the Westmount library. He has been involved with the Institute since January 2017. He completed his MFA in Creative Writing from the New School in New York. His thesis involved creating a full-length poetry manuscript which went ion to become his debut collection, The Emperor’s Sofa, published by the Montreal-based press DC books in 2010. Outside of teaching Basic Essay Writing and Imaginative Poetry classes at TMI, he runs workshops and creative writing classes with at-risk communities and is also an editor for the Quebec Writer’s Federation’s online literary magazine, carte blanche.