Lecture Archives

Fall 2014

Constitution Day Symposium
Dr. James Stoner
"Citizens or Exiles? Catholics and the Constitution"
September 18, 2014, 4:00PM, Bartley 1010

Ms. Amity Shlaes
"The President Who Said No"
October 23, 2014, 4:00PM, Bartley 1011

Dr. Charles Murray
"Coming Apart at the Seams: America’s New Cultural Divide"
November 20, 2014, 4:00PM, CEER 001

Mr. Jack Devine
"Good Hunting: An America Spymaster's Story"
December 2, 2014, 2:30PM, Mendel 102


Spring 2014

William Allen
"To Preserve, Protect and Defend: The Emancipation Proclamation"
March 25, 2014, 4:00PM, Bartley 2001, Villanova University

Stephen Moore
"The Comeback of Capitalism"
April 22, 2014, 4:00PM, CEER 001, Villanova University


Fall 2013

Constitution Day Symposium
John Eastman
"Marriage, the Courts, and the Constitution"
September 12, 2013, 4:00PM, Villanova School of Law, Room 103

Harold W. Rood Memorial Lecture
Chris Harmon
"State Sponsors of Terrorism"
October 22, 2013, 3:00PM, Bartley 1011, Villanova University

Micah Watson
"Neo vs. the Karate Kid: Two Visions of Human Nature and Learning"
November 14, 2013, 4:00PM, Bartley 1011, Villanova University


Spring 2013

Danielle Allen
Discussing Talking With Strangers
April 23, 2013, 2:30PM, Bartley 1001, Villanova University

Henry Olsen
"New Century, New Deal: Modern America & Its Politics"
April 4, 2013, 4:00PM, Bartley 2010, Villanova University

Mark Mitchell
"Human Scale and Human Politics: Fostering Civil Society and an Ethos of Gratitude"
March 20, 2013, 7:00PM, Bryn Mawr Room, Connelly Center, Villanova University

Andrew J. Bove
"Children of Pride, Children of Hobbes"
February 20, 2013, 7:00PM, Tolentine 215, Villanova University


Fall 2012

Harold W. Rood Memorial Lecture
JD Crouch
"Nothing Happens for No Good Reason: The Scholarship and Teaching of Harold W. Rood"
November 13, 2012, 3:00PM, CEER 001, Villanova University

Justin Poole
"Performance of Augustine's Confessions"
November 5, 2012, 7:00PM, St. Thomas of Villanova Church, Villanova University

Constitution Day Symposium
John- Paul Spiro
"Shakespeare and America"
September 24, 2012, 4:30PM, Bartley 1001, Villanova University

Brian Satterfield
"Liberal Education"
September 21, 2012, 6:00PM, Tolentine 215, Villanova University


Spring 2012

James Schall
Another Sort of Learning: How to Get an Education Even While in College
March 29, 2012, 4:00PM, Driscoll 132, Villanova University

Aurelian Craiutu
“Tocqueville on the Sources of Greatness in Democratic Times”
March 22, 2012, 4:00PM, Bartley 1011, Villanova University

Walter Williams
"The Legitimate Role of Government in a Free Society"
February 9, 2012, 5:30 PM, Villanova Room, Connelly Center, Villanova University

Matthew Oberrieder
"Why 'Virtu' is not (a) Virtue"
January 30, 2012, 7:00 PM, Tolentine 215, Villanova University


Fall 2011

Robert Maranto 
“Thinking about the Politically Correct University” 
November 29, 2011, 4:00 PM, Falvey Library Café, Villanova University

Harry Jaffa, William Allen
“Jaffa on Jaffa: A Tour of Political Philosophy” 
November 10, 2011, 4:00 PM, Bartley Hall 1011, Villanova University

Matthew O'Brien
“A Natural Desire for God?  Augustine, Aquinas, & Us”
November 7, 2011, 7:00PM, Tolentine 215, Villanova University

Stephen Cambone
“Looking Back On 9/11: Finding Lessons and Going Forward” 
October 27, 2011, 4:00 PM, Bartley Hall 1011, Villanova University

Faculty Research Colloquium
Jeanne Schindler
"Nature, Freedom, and the Meaning of Citizenship"
October 18, 2011, 12:00 PM, St. Augustine Center 300, Villanova University

Brian Satterfield
“And There Was None Like David”
September 26, 2011, 7:00PM, Tolentine 215, Villanova University

Constitution Day Symposium
Philip Hamburger, Amy Wax
"Censorship and Death"
September 16, 2011, 3:00 PM, Room 102, Villanova University School of Law


Spring 2011

Colleen Sheehan
"The Education of Emma"

April 14, 2011, 6:30 PM, Tolentine 215, Villanova University

Ethics and Politics Forum
David Thunder
"How, Why, and For Whom Should We Care?  Prospects for a Vocational Theory of Responsibility"

March 31, 2011, 11:30 AM, DeLeon Room, Villanova University

Samuel Calhoun
"Stopping Philadelphia Abortionist Kermit Gosnell: An Outcome That Both Pro-Choicers and Pro-Lifers Should Support"

March 28, 2011, 2:30 PM, Room 302, Villanova School of Law

Stephen J. Finn
"Hobbes and International Relations"

March 14, 2011, 12:30 PM, Falvey Library, Villanova University

Robert J. Delahunty
"Just War and Rules for Combat: What is the Right Relationship?"

March 10, 2011, 4:00 PM, Room 203, Villanova School of Law

Ethics and Politics Forum
Robert J. Delahunty
"The Growing Criminalization of International Law"

March 10, 2011, 11:30 AM, DeLeon Room, Villanova University

Ethics and Politics Forum
Jeanne Schindler
"Civil Society and the Liberal State"

February 17, 2011, 11:30 AM, DeLeon Room, Villanova University

Ethics and Politics Forum
Andrew J. Bove
"Barack Obama's Pursuit of "Common Ground""
January 27, 2011, 11:30 AM, DeLeon Room, Villanova University


Fall 2010

John-Paul Spiro
"The 'Lonely Dragon': The Miseducation of Shakespeare's Coriolanus"

December 2, 2010, 6:00 PM, Tolentine 215, Villanova University

Michael Cameron
"How to Read Augustine's Confessions"

November 4, 2010, 7:00 PM, Tolentine 310, Villanova University

Ethics and Politics Forum
Fabrice Beland
"Some Critical Remarks on Cicero's Notion of Natural Law"

November 4, 2010, 11:30 AM, Devon Room, Connelly Center, Villanova University

Ethics and Politics Forum
William Werpehowski
"Meet the New Boss?  Obama, Nuclear Strategy, and the Shadow Peace Casts"

October 20, 2010, 12:15 AM, Devon Room, Connelly Center, Villanova University

Ethics and Politics Forum
Michelle Dempsey
"The Problem(s) of Authority: Diagnosing the Moral Patient"

October 6, 2010, 12:15 PM, DeLeon Room, Villanova University

Robert P. George
"Natural Law, God, and Human Dignity"

October 4, 2010, 1:00 PM, Room 201, Villanova School of Law

Ethics and Politics Forum
Mark Shiffman
"The Limits of Leo Strauss's Recovery of Premodern Political Philosophy"

September 23, 2010, 11:30 AM, Devon Room, Connelly Center, Villanova University

Constitution Day Symposium
Panelists Tabatha Abu El-Haj, Richard Beeman, Vincent Blasi, Patrick McKinley Brennan, Viet D. Dinh, Samuel Issacharoff, Catherine Lanctot, John O. McGinnis, Robert T. Miller, Penelope Pether, Tuan Samahon, Colleen A. Sheehan, and Louis J. Sirico
"The United States Constitution: An Enduring Blueprint for Freedom in a Changing Society"

September 25, 2010, 8:30 AM, Villanova School of Law, Villanova University

Brian Satterfield
"Of the Birds and Dogs: A Freshman's Intro to The Iliad."
August 27, 2010, 12:30 PM, Bartley 1011, Villanova University


Spring 2010

John Landon Lane 
“Lessons from the Federal Reserve’s Recession Exit Strategies from the Past:
What Can Go Wrong and Why It is Important to Get It Right this Time”
April 15, 2010, 4:45 PM, Room 103, Villanova University School of Law

Gordon Lloyd
"An Exploration of the American Founding"

April 8, 2010, 4:00 PM, Bartley Hall 1011, Villanova University

Brian Satterfield
"Plutarch's Republicans: Flawed Heroes"
March 25, 2010, 12:00 Noon, Rosemont Room, Connelly Center, Villanova University

Phillip Blond
"After the Market State: Phillip Blond on the Future of a Free Society" 

March 22, 2010, 7:30 PM, Driscoll Hall Auditorium, Villanova University

William B. Allen
"Washington’s Statecraft" 

March 17, 2010, 4:30 PM, Bartley Hall 1011, Villanova University

Michael Zuckert
"The Lockean Republic: America in Light of Lockean Philosophy"

February 17, 2010, 4:00 PM, Bartley Hall 1011, Villanova University

Joseph DesJardins
"The Priority of the Good Over the Right"

January 28, 2010, 4:30PM, Bartley Hall 1011, Villanova University


Fall 2009

David Thunder
"Are Traditional Catholic Defective Citizens?"
November 19, 2009, at 12:30PM,  Radnor-St. David's Room, Villanova University

Alveda King
"Civil Rights and the Pro-Life Movement"
November 12, 2009,3:00PM,  Radnor-St. David's Room, Villanova University

Fabrice Paradis-Béland
"Augustine's and the Original Sin:  A Departure from the Greeks?"
November 2, 2009, Villanova University

David Thunder
"Aristotle's Ethics:  An Introduction"
September 22, 2009,Villanova University

Constitution Day Symposium
Stephen Knott, David Tucker
"The Political Thought of Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton"
September 17, 2009, 9:30AM, Radnor-St. David's Room, Villanova University

Jack Doody 
"What is at Stake in Socrates' Trial?"
September 9, 2009, Villanova University


Spring 2009

James Madison Symposium
May 2, 2009, Radnor St.-David's Room, Villanova University

Alan Gibson
"James Madison and Democracy: The Complex Case for "Our Complicated System""
May 2, 2009, 11:00AM, Radnor-St. David's Room, Villanova University

Richard Matthews
"James Madison's Political Philosophy: Malthus, Angels, and Machines"
May 2, 2009, 10:00AM, Radnor- St. David's Room, Villanova University


William B. Allen
“Washington: America's First Progressive”
April 16, 2009, 4:00PM, Bartley 1011, Villanova University

Graduate Symposium
Paul Rahe
"Montesquieu and America"
March 16, 2009, 6:00PM, Dundale Mansion, Villanova University

William B. Allen
"Uncle Tom’s Cabin"
March 9, 2009, 7:30 PM, Tolentine 215, Villanova University

National Conference on Abraham Lincoln 
"The Better Angels of Our Nature: The Legacy of Abraham Lincoln" 
February 12-13, 2009, The Union League of Philadelphia and Villanova University

Hadley Arkes, Doug Kmiec, Moderator: Michael Moreland
“Cicero Podium Debate: America's Central Idea”
February 13, 2009, 2:00PM, Radnor- St. David's Room, Villanova University

Lawrence Little, William B. Allen, Alfred L. Brophy, Discussant: John C. Eastman
“An Apple of Gold in a Picture of Silver: Abraham Lincoln and Harriet Beecher Stowe”
February 13, 2009, 11:00AM, Radnor-St. David's Room, Villanova University

Allen Guelzo, Chandra Manning, Lucas Morel, Discussant: Derek Webb
“Lincoln's Priority: Union or Liberty for All?”
February 13, 2009, 9:05AM, Radnor-St. David's Room, Villanova University

Allen Guelzo
“Lincoln and the Transatlantic World of Liberal Democracy”
February 12, 2009, 7:15 PM, The Union League of Philadelphia

Harry V. Jaffa
“Socratic Conversation”
February 12, 2009, 4:00PM, The Union League of Philadelphia


Fall 2008

Elizabeth Jane Steele
“Sex and the Eighteenth Century City” (or “Courtship in Jane Austen’s Time”)
November 20, 2008, 4:00PM, Bartley Hall, Villanova University

Brian Satterfield
"The Discovery of Political Philosophia: What Aristotle on the Polis Has to Teach Us”
November 13, 2008, 12:00PM, De Leon Room, Villanova University


Summer 2008

“Ben Franklin and the Invention of America”
Summer 2008, National two week Landmarks of American History workshop
Funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities
Co-sponsored by the Ryan Project and Villanova Center for Liberal Education


Spring 2008

William Daugherty
"Captivity and Freedom"
April 15, 2008, 7:00PM, Bartley 1011, Villanova University

Dante Scala
"Ethics in Public Service: Workshop for Municiple Officials"
April 5, 2008, Villanova University
Co-sponsored with the Masters of Public Administration Program, the Ethics Program,
and the School of Law of Villanova University

Dante Scala
"The Presidency: Who's Next?"
February 21, 2008, 4:00PM, Falvey Library, Villanova University


Spring 2007

John A. Doody, Michelle Gorman
“Economic Freedom: Marx versus Hayek”
April 2, 2007, 7:30PM, Tolentine 215, Villanova University

William B. Allen 
“The Politics of Freedom in Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin”  
March 19, 2007, 7:30PM, Tolentine 215, Villanova University

Peter Augustine Lawler
“Tocqueville: Freedom, Individualism, and Enlightened Self-Interest” 
February 26, 2007, 7:30PM, Tolentine 215, Villanova University

Maurizio Viroli
“Machiavelli: Liberation in the Modern World”
February 5, 2007, 7:30PM, Tolentine 215, Villanova University


Summer 2006

Colleen A. Sheehan, Catherine E. Wilson
“Ben Franklin and the Invention of America”
Summer 2006, National two week Landmarks of American History workshop
Sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Pew Charitable Trusts
Co-sponsored by the Ryan Project and Villanova Center for Liberal Education