About the Humility: The Secret History of a Lost Virtue course
How can we rescue the ancient and medieval virtue of humility from the modern idea of humiliation?
Can we use what Dante called “the first virtue” to fight hubris, arrogance, and narcissism today?
Join us as we explore a biography of humility, moving from classical Hebrew and Greco-Roman ideas through the medieval Jewish, Christian, and Muslim notion of learned ignorance. When humility became a vice, trouble ensued: ask Faustus or Dr. Frankenstein. Perhaps we can recover the positive notion of humility as a virtue for the common good in service of others.
This short course celebrates Professor Bellitto’s newest book, Humility: The Secret History of a Lost Virtue (Georgetown University Press, 2023). All attendees will receive a discount code for the book.
About the Tutor
Dr Christopher M. Bellitto is Professor of History at Kean University in New Jersey, where he teaches courses in ancient and medieval history. A specialist in medieval and church history, he has twice won grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities. He has been Visiting Scholar at Princeton Theological Seminary and a Fulbright Specialist in New Zealand and the Netherlands. Dr Bellitto also serves as series Editor in Chief of Brill’s Companions to the Christian Tradition and Academic Editor at Large for Paulist Press. He offers public lectures frequently and is also a media commentator on church history and contemporary Catholicism.