Currently, the Academy for the Study of Saint Ambrose of Milan and the Veneranda Biblioteca Ambrosiana (VBA) are working on a new Memorandum of Understanding which will include two significant aspects. One long-term initiative is to create a web platform to house scholarly research, to encourage international undergraduate communications and virtual conferences, and to open the holdings of these institutions to the public.
The second is that the VBA has agreed to allow ASSAM to host the international conference in conjunction with the Dies Academicus in the spring of 2018.
As part of Shifting Frontiers XI: The Transformation of Poverty, Philanthropy, and Healthcare in Late Antiquity (University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA, March 26-29, 2015), three St. Ambrose University faculty members presented papers. Under the panel title "Ambrose, Aphorisms, and Wealth," Dr. Ethan Gannaway presented "Ambrose and the Salutaria Praecepta," Dr. Micah Kiel, "Ambrose's Biblical Screed Against Usury: Why de Tobia?", and Rev. Bud Grant: "From Philodemos to Philanthropos: Ambrose of Milan's war on economic injustice in IV* Milan."
On March 31, 2015, The Academy for the Study of Saint Ambrose of Milan (ASSAM) hosted its 5th annual spring colloquium. Under the title "Ambrose of the Age," this year's colloquium highlighted Ambrose artists, led by Ambrose student Jonathan Wray, '17. John spent the Fall semester of 2014 in Milan working as an intern with ASSAM's partner, the Veneranda Biblioteca Ambrosiana. His talk discussed his personal encounters with images of Ambrose from an artist's perspective.
This lecture was at the center of a one-day exhibition of original works of art by Jonathan Wray, Donna Young, '81, Pat Bereskin, Michael Byrne, '16, and brothers Jonathan and Patrick Schmadeke '13. Works from Kathryn Anderson's typology course, Gothic Hand: St. Ambrose of Milan, also were featured.
Finally, some of the collection of ASSAM's photos and miscellanea, including a 17th century print and a 21st century beer advertisement, were on display.
From August 10-14, Rev. Bud Grant and Dr. Ethan Gannaway traveled to Oxford to deliver papers at the 17th International Conference on Patristic Studies.
As part of a two-day workshop on Saint Ambrose titled Ambrosius recipiens vel Ambrosius receptus: Reconsidering the Place of Ambrose of Milan, Fr. Bud presented "Natural Theology: How Ambrose Converted Natural Law" and Ethan presented "Cock on a Column: Ambrose, Art, and Audience."
The workshop also featured papers by Msgr. Francesco Braschi and Dr. Paola Moretti (each of whom spoke at SAU in February 2014), Dr. Han-leun Kanzter-Komline, and Dr. Daniel Williams. ASSAM then hosted a social gathering of all scholars presenting papers on Ambrose, which included nearly 30 individuals.