Spring 2018

Friday, January 19, 2018 | 3:00, Villanova Room

Speakers: Professor Robert P. George and Professor Cornel West

Topic: “The Values, Virtues, and Challenges of a Liberal Arts Education”

Descrpition: In light of recent events questioning—even criticizing—free speech on campuses and in cities across the country, it has become increasingly important to carve out a space to discuss the importance of free speech and a true liberal education. Professors George and West, who are longtime friends despite deep disagreement about some of the most important questions of our time, will sit down to discuss free speech, liberal education, and civility. What they share in common is not the answer to every question about religion, politics, or morality, but instead a commitment to disciplined inquiry and a shared pursuit of truth even with friends and colleagues with whom we disagree.



Thursday, February 22, 2018 | 4:00, Location, Connelly Center Cinema

Speaker: Archbishop Charles Chaput | Religion and Public Life Lecture

Topic: “Things to Come: Faith, State, and Society in a New World”

Descrpition: We are honored to have Archbishop Chaput for our first annual Religion and Public Life Lecture. The Archbishop takes his title from the 1933 H.G. Wells novel which offers a “future history” that involves the explicit and deliberate suppression of organized religion. A good brain tease, the book is also a trigger for discussing the effects of the Cultural Revolution’s generation on the course of the country, which will be the substance of his talk.



Thursday April 5, 2018 | 4:00-5:30 pm, Location, Tolentine 215

Speaker: James Piereson of the William E. Simon Foundation & the Manhatten Institute

For much of our history liberals, leftists, and reformers have campaigned for a broad interpretation of the First Amendment to allow for the widest possible range of expression on campus and in the arena of political debate.  They had many reasons for taking this position -- not least that it is futile to suppress speech and that it is important to test different points of view by competition and opposition in a marketplace of ideas.   At the point this battle was largely won a new and increasingly influential argument emerged taking the opposite point of view: that it is necessary to suppress some points of view in order to protect the newly won rights of women and minority groups.  The "new speech wars" raise important questions: Is this claim consistent with constitutional guarantees of free expression or with the traditions that have shaped the modern university? More importantly, is suppression of some speech necessary to facilitate the transition underway in the United States toward a tolerant multi-racial and multi-ethnic society -- or might it in fact impede that transition?   




Fall 2017


Wednesday Aug 30: Charlottesville / Race Relations, 7:00pm

Wednesday Sep 6: North Korea, 7:00pm

Wednesday Sep 13: Universal Basic Income, 7:00pm

Wednesday Sep 20: Climate Change Regulation / Paris Agreement, 7:00pm

Wednesday Sep 27: Reproductive Rights / Abortion, 7:00pm

Wednesday Oct 18: Gun Regulation / Rights, 7:00pm

Wednesday Oct 25: Capital Punishment, 7:00pm

Wednesday Nov 1: Mass Incarceration / Prison System, 7:00pm

Wednesday Nov 8: Capitalism, 7:00pm

Wednesday Nov 15: Sanctuary Cities / Immigration Policy, 7:00pm

Wednesday Nov 29: Net Neutrality, 7:00pm

Wednesday Dec 6: Religion & Politics, 7:00pm


Grad Party