Stephen J. Blackwood

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Stephen J. Blackwood (2012)

Stephen James Blackwood is a scholar, academic administrator, and social entrepreneur born in 1975.[1] He is the President of Ralston College, a proposed liberal arts college in Savannah, Georgia.[2][3][4] He specializes in the literary history of philosophy,[5] and his work has focused particularly on Boethius.[6][7][8][9] Oxford University Press published his book The Consolation of Boethius as Poetic Liturgy in 2015.[10][11][12] He was educated at the University of King's College, Dalhousie University,[13] and Emory University,[14] and has been a Fellow in the English Department of Harvard University. Some years ago he was the founding Executive Director of St George's YouthNet,[15][16] an educational mentoring program for inner-city youth in the North End district of Halifax, Nova Scotia, after which he was for two years a teaching fellow in the Foundation Year Programme,[17] a core-text program for first-year undergraduates at the University of King's College.[18] He is a citizen of both the United States and Canada, and is a member of the Mont Pelerin Society. He also sits on the Board of the Neuroendocrine Tumor Research Foundation.[19] He has in addition published pieces that relate to the defence of the integrity of the private sphere[20] and opposition to Obamacare.[21][22][23]

Ralston College[edit]

Ralston College is a start-up organization: although it is legally existent it is not as yet accepting applications for admission. It intends to be a "reinvention of the classical liberal arts college in a form appropriate to our time", and has declared that it will offer "a supremely challenging curriculum", that it "will not attempt to act in loco parentis, and that "there will be no restrictions on freedom of speech". Among the members of its Board of Visitors are Lord Alton of Liverpool, Freeman Dyson, David Gelernter, Harry Lewis, Deirdre McCloskey, Sir Roger Scruton, and Vernon Smith.[24]


  1. ^ Ralston College. "Stephen Blackwood". Retrieved September 7, 2014. 
  2. ^ Fish, Stanley Eugene (November 8, 2010). "The Woe-Is-Us Books". The New York Times. Retrieved September 7, 2014. 
  3. ^ Kimball, Roger (February 22, 2013). "How to Choose a College: A Primer". Roger's Rules. PJ Media. Retrieved September 7, 2014. 
  4. ^ The John William Pope Center for Higher Education Policy. "Pope Center Authors: Stephen Blackwood". Retrieved September 7, 2014. 
  5. ^ Blackwood, Stephen (2006). "Songs of Salvation: Diogenes of Oinoanda and Epicurean Hymnody". Pagani e Cristiani alla Ricerca della Salvezza (Secoli I-III), Studia Ephemeridis Augustinianum. 96. Rome: Institutum Patristicum Augustinianum (XXXIV Incontro di Studiosi dell’Antichità Cristiana). pp. 379–394. 
  6. ^ Blackwood, Stephen (2002). "Philosophia's Dress: Prayer in Boethius' Consolation of Philosophy". Dionysius. XX: 139–152. Retrieved September 9, 2014. 
  7. ^ Blackwood, Stephen (July 13, 2011). "The Consolation of Philosophy and the Aural Tradition". International Conference on Patristic Studies. Oxford Patristics. Retrieved September 7, 2014. 
  8. ^ Blackwood, Stephen (2007). "Mixing Ancient Beats: Boethius and the Power of Poetic Meter" (PDF). 2007 Annual Conference on Christian Philosophy: Boethius. Franciscan University of Steubenville. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2014-09-07. Retrieved September 7, 2014. 
  9. ^ Blackwood, Stephen (2009). "Flēbĭlĭs heū maēstōs cōgŏr ĭnīrĕ mŏdōs: Boethius and Rhythmic Power". In Achard, Martin; Hankey, Wayne; Narbonne, Jean-Marc. Perspectives sur le Néoplatonisme. Presses de l'Université Laval. ISBN 2763787029.  PDF Table of Contents
  10. ^ Blackwood, Stephen (2015). The Consolation of Boethius as Poetic Liturgy. Oxford Early Christian Studies. Oxford University Press. p. 398. ISBN 9780198718314. 
  11. ^ Kimball, Roger. "The Critic's Notebook". ArmaVirumque (May 18, 2015). Retrieved May 22, 2015. 
  12. ^ Nielsen, Melinda (January 20, 2016). "Stephen Blackwood, The Consolation of Boethius as Poetic Liturgy. Oxford Early Christian Studies". Bryn Mawr Classical Review. Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania: Bryn Mawr Commentaries, Inc. ISSN 1055-7660. Retrieved January 24, 2016. 
  13. ^ Blackwood, Stephen (1999). The Role of Prayer in Boethius's Consolation of Philosophy. p. 122. ISBN 0612493172. 
  14. ^ Blackwood, Stephen (2010). The Meters of Boethius: Rhythmic Therapy in the Consolation of Philosophy. p. 384. Archived from the original on 2010-08-03. 
  15. ^ St George's YouthNet (2014). "St George's YouthNet". Retrieved September 7, 2014. 
  16. ^ St George's YouthNet (2014). "History". Archived from the original on 2014-06-22. Retrieved September 7, 2014. 
  17. ^ St Thomas's, Huron Street (2009). "Boethius: The Consolation of Philosophy". Retrieved September 8, 2014. 
  18. ^ King's College. "Foundation Year Programme". Retrieved September 8, 2014. 
  19. ^ Neuroendocrine Tumor Research Foundation. "Dr Stephen Blackwood". Retrieved September 8, 2014. 
  20. ^ Blackwood, Stephen (January 15, 2015). "Who among us has not said privately something that, if made public, would destroy us?". The National Post. Retrieved January 21, 2015. 
  21. ^ Blackwood, Stephen (February 23, 2014). "ObamaCare and My Mother's Cancer Medicine". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved April 11, 2018. 
  22. ^ Kimball, Roger (February 24, 2014). "The Human Face of Obamacare". Roger's Rules. PJ Media. Retrieved September 9, 2014. 
  23. ^ "OPINION: Stephen Blackwood in The Wall Street Journal: Obamacare and My Mother's Cancer Medicine". The Committee on Energy and Commerce of the United States House of Representatives. February 24, 2014. Retrieved April 12, 2018. 
  24. ^ Ralston College. "Ralston College". Retrieved May 14, 2018. 

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