When the American Catholic Philosophical Association (ACPA) gathers virtually for its 2020 conference this weekend, it will honor a member of the Thomas Aquinas College teaching faculty, Dr. Michael Rubin.

A tutor on the New England campus, Dr. Rubin will receive the Association’s Karen Chan Young Scholar Award, recently renamed for the young mother and onetime academic dean of St. Patrick’s Seminary & University, who, along with her unborn child, was tragically killed in an automobile accident last year. The award honors the scholar under the age of 35 who submitted the best paper for this year’s conference.

Dr. Rubin will be receiving the award from a Thomas Aquinas College alumnus, Dr. Thomas A. Cavanaugh (’85), a professor of philosophy at the University of San Francisco who serves as the American Catholic Philosophical Association’s president. Notably, last year’s award winner was another alumnus, Dr. John G. Brungardt (’08), an assistant professor of  medieval philosophy at Newman University.

Attendance at the conference is open to all ($20 for the general public, $10 for ACPA members). Viewers can see Dr. Rubin present his prize-winning paper, “Aquinas on Bodily or Sensible Beauty, ” at 5:45 p.m. on Saturday and then receive the Karen Chan Young Scholar Award at 8:00 p.m. Be sure to tune in Friday night, as well, to see Dr. Cavanaugh’s presidential address, “Capax Veritatis: Against Student-Commodification.”