The Endow Podcast

50. Happy 98th Birthday, Alice von Hildebrand! A Conversation with John Henry Crosby

March 09, 2021 Simone Rizkallah
The Endow Podcast
50. Happy 98th Birthday, Alice von Hildebrand! A Conversation with John Henry Crosby
Show Notes

Welcome to The Endow Podcast! This podcast is a forum for women to foster conversations about the intellectual life and intentional community for the cultivation of the feminine genius. On this episode, Simone Rizkallah, Director of Program Growth, interviews John Henry Crosby, President and Founder of the Hildebrand Project in a special tribute celebrating the life and work of Alice von Hildebrand.

 Alice became an internationally beloved figure through her many books and articles and numerous radio and television appearances. She is the widow of the famous Catholic philosopher, Dietrich von Hildebrand, whose work she developed and made her own, making important contributions especially to the Catholic understanding of marriage and of femininity. Despite misogyny and anti-Catholicism at every turn, Alice von Hildebrand was a professor of philosophy for nearly 40 years in New York City. In a climate of relativism, she championed the objectivity of truth. Some students on the verge of despair found a reason for living; many, despite the fact that she never mentioned religion, converted to Catholicism. Alice von Hildebrand lives in the apartment in New Rochelle that she shared with her husband. Dietrich von Hildebrand confided his life’s work to her, a gift and task she has now entrusted to the Hildebrand Project.

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 John Henry Crosby is a translator, writer, critic, and cultural entrepreneur. Late in 2003, searching for a life’s work that could integrate the quest for truth, the existential need for beauty, and the service of a great good, and beginning to despair of ever finding such a mission, he called Alice von Hildebrand to propose that he spend one year translating her late husband’s Aesthetics. Would she help, he asked. She did, and her blessing transformed his one-year plan into lifelong mission that soon attracted the collaboration of others. Thus, the life’s work he had sought found him. Established in February 2004, the Hildebrand Project’s mission to renew culture has grown to encompass publications, events, fellowships, and online resources that draw on the continuing vitality of Dietrich von Hildebrand’s thought and witness.

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