Visiting Professors

Our visting professors include outstanding intellectuals, scientists and artists from around the world, representing the interdisciplinary reflection distinctive for the thought of St. John Paul II. All students of the Angelicum wishing to participate in the courses run by the visiting professors of the St. John Paul II Institute of Culture are free to do so. Please contact: [email protected].

Prof. Rémi Brague

Professor of history of philosophy at the Sorbonne and the University of Louis and Maximilian in Munich. He is a renowned scholar of the history of Arabic and Oriental philosophy and philosophy of religion. In 2012 he received the Ratzinger Prize. He received an honorary doctorate from the Pontifical University of John Paul II in Cracow (2018).

Prof. Marek Cichocki

Born in Warsaw in 1966. Professor of the College of Europe in Natolin, co-founder of “Political Theology” and editor-in-chief of “New Europe, Natolin Review”. He received his doctorate and habilitation in philosophy at the Polish Academy of Sciences in 2013.  In 2000-2003 he was program director of the Center for International Relations in Warsaw. He was also an advisor to the late President of Poland Lech Kaczyński. Author of well-known and awarded books: “Kidnapping Europe”. (2004) and “North and South, essays on Polish culture and history” (2018).

Prof. Michał Gierycz

Michał Gierycz is an associate professor of political science and a dean of the Faculty of Social and Economic Sciences at the Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University in Warsaw, Poland. His main research areas include axiology and anthropology of politics, relations between religion and politics and European integration. He won the Countess Aniela Potulicka Award and the Feniks Award in 2018.

Prof. Francis R. Hittinger

Born in 1949. Dr. Hittinger is Professor Emeritus of Religion at the University of Tulsa. He is a Senior Fellow at the Lumen Christi Institute at the University of Chicago and also serves there as a Visiting Scholar on the Committee on Social Thought. In 2001 Bl. John Paul II appointed him to the Pontifical Academy of St. Thomas Aquinas, of which he became ordinarius in 2004 and, since 2006, appointed to its governing board.

Prof. Jarosław Kilian

Born in 1962. Professor Kilian is an art historian and stage director. He has been a scholar of the British Council and the US Department of State. As a stage director, he trained under the guidance of Peter Brook in Vienna. Since 2016 he has been the director of the Teatr Lalka in Warsaw. He has directed operas, outdoor performances, plays for children, and primarily stage performances of European and Polish classic masterpieces of Molière, William Shakespeare, Juliusz Słowacki and Aleksander Fredro.

Fr. Jarosław Kupczak OP

Born in 1964. Fr. Kupczak is a dominican friar, a professor of theology and one of the world’s leading experts in the field of St John Paul II’s christian anthropology. He is a lecturer and the director of the center for Research on the Thought of John Paul II at the Pontifical University of John Paul II in Cracow, Poland. He has given lectures at many other universities, including: the Instituto Giovanni Paolo II in Rome, Pontifical Lateran University, Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (Angelicum)

Rev. prof. Franciszek Longchamps de Bérier

Born in 1969. Reverend prof. Longschamps de Bérier is a Catholic priest, professor of legal science and Chair of Roman Law at Jagellonian Univeristy in Cracow. He is also a lecturer at the University of Warsaw and a member of the Committee of Legal Sciences of the Polish Acadamy of Sciences. He serves as a member of the bioethics expert committee of the Polish Episcopal Conference. He represents the Polish Episcopal Conference at the legal committee of the European Union Episcopal Conference.

Prof. George Weigel

Born 1951 in Baltimore, USA. American Catholic philosopher and theologian, author of over twenty books, among them the biography of St. John Paul II in two volumes: “Witness to Hope” and “The End and the Beginning”. He is Distinguished Senior Fellow and Chair of Catholic Studies at the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, D.C. George Weigel has received 19 honorary doctorate degrees, as well as the papal cross Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice and the Gloria Artis Gold Medal from the Polish Ministry of Culture.

Archbishop Rowan Williams

Born in Swansea, Wales in 1950, Anglican bishop, scholar, theologian and poet. Master of Magdalene College Cambridge and honorary professor at the Department of Modern Christian Thought at the University of Cambridge. He graduated in Theology from Christ’s College Cambridge and received his PhD in Philosophy in 1975 at Wadham College Oxford. He was Archbishop of Wales from 2000-2002 and Archbishop of Canterbury from 2002-2012. Appointed life peer in the House of Lords in 2013, he served as Baron Williams of Oystermouth from 2013 until his retirement on August 31, 2020.