Biography of Dean Thomas S. Hibbs
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Thomas Hibbs is currently Distinguished Professor of Ethics & Culture and Dean of the Honors College at Baylor University, where he oversees a number of interdisciplinary programs, including the Honors Program, Great Texts Program, and the Baylor Interdisciplinary Core. As dean, Hibbs is involved with student recruitment, enrollment management, development of curricula, and faculty recruitment and development.
With degrees from the University of Dallas and the University of Notre Dame, Hibbs taught at Boston College (BC) for 13 years, where he was full professor and department chair in philosophy. At BC, he also served on the Steering Committee for BC's Initiative for the Future of the Church and on the Sub-Committee on Catholic Sexual Teaching.
In addition to teaching a variety of interdisciplinary courses, Hibbs teaches in the fields of medieval philosophy, contemporary virtue ethics, and philosophy and popular culture. Hibbs' popular BC course on Nihilism in American Culture was featured in a Boston Globe article. In BC's interdisciplinary core curriculum, Perspectives, Hibbs was responsible for introducing texts by African-American authors (Douglass and DuBois) and female authors (Wollstonecraft, Woolf, and Flannery O'Connor). His graduate courses have been cross-listed in the departments of religion and political science.
Hibbs's books include:
Dialectic and Narrative in Aquinas: An Interpretation of the Summa Contra Gentiles (University of Notre Dame Press, 1995)
Recent scholarly publications include:
He also has written on film, culture, books and higher education in Books and Culture, Christianity Today, First Things, New Atlantis, The Dallas Morning News, The National Review, The Weekly Standard, and The Chronicle of Higher Education.
Read book and film reviews by Hibbs at www.thomashibbs.org.
Called upon regularly to comment on film and popular culture, Hibbs has made more than 100 appearances on radio, including nationally syndicated NPR shows such as "The Connection," "On the Media" and "All Things Considered," as well as local NPR stations in Boston, Massachusetts; Ann Arbor, Michigan; Dallas, Texas; and Rochester, New York.
Hibbs speaks at American high schools and universities and also at conferences in Europe. His most recent speaking engagements include:
Hibbs is nearly finished with two books, one on Pascal entitled "Divine Irony" and another on Christian liberal education. He is also working on a book on 20th-century aesthetics that brings the writing of Jacques Maritain into conversation with 20th-century novel, painting, film, and poetry.
A highlight of his career, Hibbs delivered the commencement address in June 2008 (on the 30th anniversary of his own graduation) at his alma mater, DeMatha Catholic High School, in Hyattsville, Maryland.
His lectures have been protested by nihilists at Boston University and by communists in Sicily. Although he prefers the heat of Texas to the endless winter of New England, Hibbs remains a faithful citizen of Red Sox Nation.