The Wisconsin-Alpha Chapter of Phi Sigma Tau, the International Honor Society for Philosophy at Marquette University, each year invite a scholar to deliver a lecture in honor of St. Thomas Aquinas.
The 1999 Aquinas Lecture, What Sort of Human Nature? Medieval Philosophy and the Systematics of Christology, was delivered on Sunday, April 25, 1999, in Room 001 of Cudahy Hall, by Marilyn McCord Adams, the Horace Tracy Pitkin Professor of Historical Theology, at the Yale Divinity School.
After her undergraduate education at the University of Illinois, Professor Adams earned a Ph.D. in philosophy in 1967 from Cornell University and became professor of philosophy at the University of California, Los Angeles, where for twenty-one years she taught medieval philosophy and philosophy of religion. During this time she also earned two Masters in Theology, in 1984 and 1985, from Princeton Theological Seminary, was ordained a priest in the Episcopal Church in 1986, and served in various parishes in the Los Angeles area.
She has held fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation ( 1989-90), the American Council of Learned Societies ( 1989-90), and the National Endowment for the Humanities ( 1974-75).
Professor Adams's distinguished record of publications includes, besides translations and edited works, her two-volume study, William Ockham ( 1987), and her book, Horrendous Evils and the Goodness of God