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.  


"The Three Waves of Modernity" | Thursday, February 2, 2017 at 6:00PM in Old Falvey 304

Aristotle's Politics Book V | Thursday, February 16, 2017 at 6:00PM in Old Falvey 304

Plato, Republic, Book VIII |Thursday, September 1, 2016 at 6:00PM in Old Falvey 304

Aristotle, Politics, Book IV | Thursday, September 8, 2016 at 6:00PM in Old Falvey 304

Montesquieu, The Spirit of the Laws, Book II | Thursday, September 15, 2016 at 6:00PM in Old Falvey 304

James Madison, Federalist 57 | Thursday, September 22, 2016 at 6:00PM in Old Falvey 304

Theodore Roosevelt, “The Right of the People to Rule.” | Thursday, September 27, 2016 at 6:00PM in Old Falvey 304

Edmund Burke, Reflections on the French Revolution, para. 200-224 | Thursday, October 6, 2016 at 6:00PM in Old Falvey 304

Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America, Volume 1 Chapter 13 | Thursday, October 20, 2016 at 6:00PM in Old Falvey 304

John Stuart Mill, Representative Government, Chapter VI | Thursday, October 27, 2016 at 6:00PM in Old Falvey 304

Karl Marx and Frederich Engels, “The Communist Manifesto.” | Thursday, November 3, 2016 at 6:00PM in Old Falvey 304

Ludwig von Mises, “Capitalism versus Socialism.” | Thursday, November 10, 2016 at 6:00PM in Old Falvey 304

Frederic Bastiat “The Law” | Thursday, November 17, 2017 at 6:00PM in Old Falvey 304

Wilhem Röpke, “The Political Framework of the Market Economy,” from Ch. II in A Humane Economy | Thursday, December 1, 2016 at 6:00PM in Old Falvey 304

 

Arthur Milikh, "Immigration, Citizenship, and Cosmopolitanism" ; Robert Frost, "The Gift Outright"
January 21, 2016, 6:00 PM, The Ryan Center

GOP Debate
January 28, 2016, TBA, The Ryan Center

Father James Schall, "On the Teaching of Political Philosophy"
February 4, 2016, 6:00 PM, The Ryan Center

Publius, Federalist 84
February 11, 2016, 6:00 PM, The Ryan Center

Flannery O'Connor, "The Life You Save May Be Your Own"
February 25, 2016, 6:00 PM, The Ryan Center

Lionel Trilling: “The Moral Obligation to be Intelligent”

March 10, 2016, 6:00 PM, The Ryan Center

Abraham Lincoln: “The Lyceum Address”

March 17, 2016, 6:00 PM, The Ryan Center

Ralph Waldo Emerson: “Nature”

March 31, 2016 6:00 PM, The Ryan Center

George Washington: "Farewell Address."

April 14, 2016, 6:00 PM, The Ryan Center

David Foster Wallace: "This is Water."

April 21, 2016 6:00 PM, The Ryan Center

"Immigration"
September 8, 2015, 7:30 PM, The Ryan Center

James Madison, "Memorial and Remonstrance Against Religious Assesments"
September 22, 2015, 7:30 PM, The Ryan Center

Elizabeth Cady Stanton, "The Solitude of Self"
September 29, 2015, 7:30 PM, The Ryan Center

Winston Churchill, "Lawrence of Arabia"
October 6, 2015, 7:30 PM, The Ryan Center

F.A. Hayek, "Why I Am Not a Conservative"
October 20, 2015, 7:30 PM, The Ryan Center

Publius, Federalist 10 and 51
November 10, 2015, 7:30 PM, The Ryan Center

C.S. Lewis, "Men Without Chests"
November 17, 2015, 7:30 PM, The Ryan Center

George Washington, "Circular to the States"
December 8, 2015, 7:30 PM, The Ryan Center

Rabbi Dr. Meir Soloveichik, "The Virtue of Hate"
January 28, 2015, 7:30 PM, The Ryan Center

Tom Kelly
"Civic Renewal and Higher Education"
February 4, 2015, 7:30 PM, The Ryan Center

 

Dr. Colleen Sheehan
"Why do you Obey the Law"
December 3, 2014, 7:30 PM, The Ryan Center

C.S. Lewis, "What Christians Believe"
November 19, 2014, 7:30 PM, The Ryan Center

Dr. Daniel Mark
"A Curious Case of Perjury and the Mysterious Power of the Courts"
November 5, 2014, 7:30 PM, The Ryan Center

Dr. Peter Busch
"How to Get Free From the Cave"
October 29, 2014, 7:30 PM, The Ryan Center

Professor John-Paul Spiro
"I'm Left-Wing.  Ask Me Anything."
October 22, 2014, 7:30 PM, The Ryan Center

Professor Andy Bove
"Hegel as a Modern Republican"
October 8, 2014, 7:30 PM, The Ryan Center

Dr. Alan Pichanick
"The Comedian and the City: Aristophanes and Louis C.K."
October 1, 2014, 7:30 PM, The Ryan Center

Dr. Peter Zaleski
"The Laffer Curve is Alive and Well"
September 24, 2014, 7:30 PM, The Ryan Center

Dr. Brian Satterfield
"What Does Arritotle Mean by the Claim that the City is by Nature?"
September 10, 2014, 7:30 PM, The Ryan Center

Dr. Chris Daly
"Richard III and the Problems of Late-Medieval Kingship"
September 3, 2014, 7:30 PM, The Ryan Center

 

 

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

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


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

 

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. 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

 

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