Liberty & Learning Symposia

The Ryan Center has been able to foster a forum, the Liberty & Learning Symposia, for both Villanova undergraduate and graduate students to assemble and discuss questions of importance and interest.  The Symposia were initiated by graduate students who sought to extend and broaden their classroom instruction to a more informal setting.  These gatherings provided a safe environment for the open and free exchange of ideas.  Students have begun to gather to ask questions about freedom, liberal education, morality, soft despotism, and other topics.  The meetings generally consist of a Ryan Faculty Associate briefly introducing a topic and often coupling their presentation with a short reading.  Examples of texts include Aristotle's Politics, The Federalist Papers, and Democracy in America.  


Upcoming Symposia

Please check back for upcoming symposia. 

 

Spring 2014

Dr. Jack Johannes
"Thinking About Political Reform in the U.S."
April 29, 2014, 7:30 PM, The Ryan Center

Dr. James Wetzel
"Augustinian Secularity: On the Uses of Peace"
April 15, 2014, 7:30 PM, The Ryan Center

Dr. Peter Wicks
"The Virtues and Vices of Modern Political Debate"
April 8, 2014, 7:30 PM, The Ryan Center

Dr. Stephen Cambone
"Federal Government: Its Role in Governing"
April 1, 2014, 7:30 PM, The Ryan Center

Dr. William Allen
"To Preserve, Protect and Defend: The Emancipation Proclamation"
March 25, 2014, 6:30 PM, The Ryan Center

Dr. Kevin Hughes
"Religious Liberty in the Middle Ages: the Gregorian Reform and the Birth of ‘Church and State’"
March 18, 2014, 7:30 PM, The Ryan Center

Dr. Lorrain Krall McCrary
"T.S. Eliot and Tradition"
March 11, 2014, 7:30 PM, The Ryan Center

Dr. Thomas Smith
"Tocqueville: Liberal Democracy and the Challenge of Individualism"
February 17, 2014, 7:30 PM, The Ryan Center

Dr. David Barrett
"The Best Document I Never (Quite) Found: In Pursuit of New Knowledge About the CIA and American Democracy in the JFK Era"
February 11, 2014, 7:30 PM, The Ryan Center

Dr. Wight Martindale
"Getting on the Right Side of History"
February 4, 2014, 7:30 PM, The Ryan Center

Dr. James Wilson
"T.S. Eliot and the Foundations of Culture"
January 28, 2014, 7:30 PM, The Ryan Center

 

Fall 2013

Professor Tuan Samahon
"The President's Power to Remove as a Power to Control: The Tax Court's Separation-of-Powers Problem"
November 19, 2013, 7:30 PM, The Ryan Center

Dr. Daniel Mark
"Politics & Justice in Genesis"
November 5, 2013, 7:30 PM, The Ryan Center

Dr. Catherine Wilson
"Crevecoeur, Immigration, and American Political Culture"
October 29, 2013, 7:30 PM, The Ryan Center

Dr. Richard Brake
"Were the Anti-Federalists Right?"
October 8, 2013, 7:30 PM, The Ryan Center

Dr. Alan Pichanick
"Cleitophon's Complaint About Philosophy"
September 24, 2013, 7:30 PM, The Ryan Center

Dr. John Doody
"Undertaking the Road Not Taken: MacIntyre's Thesis on Aristotle and Marx. Just What is Practical Reason?"
September 10, 2013, 7:30 PM, The Ryan Center


Fall 2012

Dr. Marylu Hill
"Oscar Wilde and Plato"
November 27, 2012, 7:30 PM, The Ryan Center

Dr. Peter Busch
"Politics for Pilgrims: Augustinian Citizenship in a Liberal Democracy"
October 23, 2012, 7:30 PM, The Ryan Center

Dr. Rafe Major
"Shakespeare"
October 2, 2012, 7:30 PM, The Ryan Center

Dr. Lowell Gustafson
"Is Man Political By Nature"
September 25, 2012, 7:30 PM, The Ryan Center


Spring 2012

Father Allen Fitzgerald
"St. Augustine"
April 17, 2012, 7:30 PM, The Ryan Center

Dr. David Schindler
"Problems with Liberal Education"
March 27, 2012, 7:30 PM, The Ryan Center

Professor Andy Bove
"Berlin's and Constant's Taxonomies of Liberty"
February 21, 2012, 7:30 PM, The Ryan Center

Dr. Matthew Oberrider
"Aristotle, Machiavelli, and Virtue"
January 31, 2012, 7:30 PM, The Ryan Center


Dr. Matthew O'Brien
"How God Is, and Isn't, Necessary for Morality?"
February 7, 2012, 7:30 PM, The Ryan Center

Fall 2011

Dr. Jeanne Schindler
"Contemporary Jurisprudence "
November 30, 2011, 7:30 PM, The Ryan Center

Dr. Leva Zake
"Nationalism and Patriotism"
November 16, 2011, 7:30 PM, The Ryan Center

Professor Andy Bove
"Positive and Negative Freedom"
November 9, 2011, 7:30 PM, The Ryan Center

Dr. Paul Kerry
"Religion and the Enlightenment"
November 2, 2011, 7:30 PM, The Ryan Center

Dr. Peter Busch
"Partisanship: Madison and Aristotle"
October 26, 2011, 7:30 PM, The Ryan Center

Professor John-Paul Spiro
"Francis Bacon, Science, and Philosophy"
October 19, 2011, 7:30 PM, The Ryan Center

Discussion of the film, "Glory"
October 5, 2011, 7:30 PM, The Ryan Center

Dr. Mark Shiffman
"Ancient and Modern Skepticism?"
September 28, 2011, 7:30 PM, The Ryan Center

"Political Correctness"
September 21, 2011, 7:30 PM, The Ryan Center

Dr. Matthew Oberrider
"What is Liberal Education?"
September 14, 2011, 7:30 PM, The Ryan Center

Dr. Brian Satterfield
"What is Freedom?"
September 7, 2011, 7:30 PM, The Ryan Center

Director - Matthew J. Ryan Center
Colleen A. Sheehan, Ph.D.
610.519.7421
Fax  610.519.6787
colleen.sheehan@villanova.edu

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