2012 Past Lectures
November 30, 2012: Patrick Fagan
The data just keeps getting clearer and clearer: Marriage and worship are central to the common good, while simultaneously the academy seems set against them and set against teaching them. However, Congress can alter that by embracing the data and their implications.
November 16, 2012: Helen Alvaré
This lecture will discuss the future of freedom in light of the recent contraceptive mandate. Those who invoke “women’s health” against women who disagree with forcing religious institutions or individuals to violate deeply held beliefs are more than a little mistaken — and more than a little dishonest.
November 2, 2012: Lynne Marie Kohm
Programs designed to provide assistance for families have effectively placed the United States on a fast track for adaptation to a welfare state where families are fragmented and relying on government support. Legal and economic principles govern the price tag for the economics of family fragmentation.
October 19, 2012: William Hurlbut
The recent announcement of the production of mouse eggs from embryonic stem cells opens the avenue for similar efforts in producing human gametes. This could lead to virtually unlimited sources of laboratory-produced human embryos for experimentation. This potentially ominous development presents a new threat to human dignity.
October 5, 2012: Bramwell Osula
Could national identity and global insecurity be the critical tipping points in the making of a future America? Looking at a pantheon of cultural symbols and ‘Founding Father’ narratives, we ask: Are these enough? What can we anticipate? What role might citizens play?
September 7, 2012: Os Guinness
In all of history’s great civilizations, there has come the moment when their citizens became their own worst enemies, thinking and living at odds with the values and principles upon which their nation was built. This lecture will provide both historical and current evidence that suggests America is perilously close to reaching this point today, but will also offer direction and encouragement for those seeking to achieve what the country’s founding fathers predicted would be most challenging: sustainable freedom.
June 7, 2012: Michael Schwartz
What is our mission as members of the Body of Christ? This lecture will discuss how we participate in the mission of Jesus as priest, prophet and king.
May 25, 2012: Richard Doerflinger
The Obama administration’s mandate for contraceptive coverage in most private health plans raises issues that reach beyond a debate on contraception itself: The government’s authority to infringe on religious freedom, and to define which groups are “religious enough” to warrant protection; the role of religious groups in serving the common good; and even the limits on government’s right to intervene between parents and their children. This lecture will explore the broader implications of this debate for the role of believers in American society.
April 13, 2012: Becky Cusey
As the Baby Boomer generation grows older, the next generation of film-makers and producers are entering the stage with a new openness to faith.
March 16, 2012: George Weigel
The Obama administration’s recently-announced HHS regulations, which would require Catholic institutions to subsidize health insurance coverage that provides sterilization, abortifacient drugs and contraceptives, should be located within the context of the administration’s three-year-long effort to define religious freedom down. This lecture will examine the meaning of true religious freedom and will discuss just what is at stake.
February 10, 2012: Matt Daniels
This lecture will explore how digital natives can restore a greater and proper understanding of freedom of conscience around the world.
January 27, 2012: Patrick Sookhdeo
Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Karl Barth. Bishop George Bell. Dismissed, derided, and in one case even martyred, each of these Christian leaders took a stand against the threat of Nazism. Today, a similar threat faces Christians in the US, across Europe, and much more dramatically throughout the Muslim world. Radical Islam’s jihadist ideology does not peacefully coexist with Christianity. And Christian leaders–both political and pastoral–should know more about the threats they face.