Religious Freedom: A Global Conversation
February 10, 2020
The Eleanor H. McCullen Center for Law, Religion and Public Policy and the Villanova Political Theology Project welcome Michael D. McNally, John M. and Elizabeth W. Musser Professor of Religious Studies at Carleton College, Emilia Justyna Powell, Associate Professor of Political Science and Concurrent Associate Professor of Law at the University of Notre Dame, and Jolyon Thomas, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at The University of Pennsylvania. These scholars will discuss their new books exploring religious freedom and the intersection of law and religion in the global context. More...
Speak Freely: Why Universities Must Defend Free Speech
November 12, 2019
The McCullen Center welcomed Keith Whittington, William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Politics at Princeton University. This lecture focused on his book Speak Freely: Why Universities Must Defend Free Speech, which won the PROSE Award for best book in education and the Heterodox Academy Award for Exceptional Scholarship. The book examines the debate around free speech on campuses and argues that free speech is the lifeblood of universities, and posits that universities must make room for free speech from all sides of the political spectrum.
The Irony of Modern Catholic History
November 4, 2019
The McCullen Center welcomed George Weigel, Distinguished Senior Fellow and William E. Simon Chair in Catholic Studies of the Ethics & Public Policy Center to discuss his new book, The Irony of Modern Catholic History: How the Church Rediscovered Itself and Challenged the Modern World to Reform. An account of two centuries of profound change in the Catholic Church and the world, the book reveals how Catholicism offers 21st Century essential truths for society’s survival and flourishing.
Weigel is a Catholic theologian and one of America’s leading public intellectuals. He is the author of more than 20 books, and is perhaps best known for his widely translated and internationally acclaimed two-volume biography of Pope St. John Paul II, The New York Times bestseller, Witness to Hope (1999), and its sequel, The End and the Beginning (2010). In 2017, Weigel published a memoir of the experiences that led to his papal biography, Lessons in Hope — My Unexpected Life with St. John Paul II. His essays, op-ed columns and reviews appear regularly in major opinion journals and newspapers across the United States. A frequent guest on television and radio, he is also Senior Vatican Analyst for NBC News. His weekly column, “The Catholic Difference,” is syndicated to 85 newspapers and magazines in seven countries.
The Art and Science of Judging in a Constitutional Republic
October 28, 2019
The McCullen Center welcomed The Honorable Thomas Hardiman, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Judge Hardiman was nominated by President George W. Bush to the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit on January 9, 2007 and was confirmed by the Senate (95-0) on March 15, 2007. Prior to becoming an appellate judge, he served as a trial judge on the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania as of November 1, 2003. Before entering judicial service, Judge Hardiman handled a wide variety of litigation matters in state and federal trial and appellate courts as a partner at Reed Smith LLP (1999-2003), a partner at Titus & McConomy LLP (1996-1999), and as an associate with its predecessor firm, Cindrich & Titus (1992-1996). A graduate of the University of Notre Dame (1987) and Georgetown University Law Center (1990), Judge Hardiman began his legal career as an associate in the Washington D.C. office of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (1990-1992). His chambers are in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
A Christian Idea of Our Society
September 27, 2019
The Eleanor H. McCullen Center for Law, Religion and Public Policy and the Fondazione de Gasperi sponsored a seminar in Rome at the Palazzo Giustiniani on September 27, 2019. The seminar brought together scholars from across the world to discuss “A Christian Idea of Our Society.” Panelists included McCullen Center Director and University Professor of Law and Religion, Michael P. Moreland, JD, PhD.
Law and the Augustinian Tradition Lecture Series
September 5, 2019
Robert Louis Wilken, William R. Kenan, Jr. Emeritus Professor at University of Virginia, presented the 2019 Law and the Augustinian Tradition Lecture on "Liberty in the Things of God: The Christian Origins of Religious Freedom."
One of the leading historians of Christianity, Professor Wilken is an elected fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and past president of the American Academy of Religion, the North American Patristics Society, and the Academy of Catholic Theology. He is chairman of the board of the Institute on Religion and Public Life, the publisher of First Things. Professor Wilken’s most recent book is Liberty in the Things of God: The Christian Origins of Religious Freedom (Yale University Press, 2019). Among his other books are The First Thousand Years: A Global History of Christianity (2013), The Spirit of Early Christian Thought: Seeking the Face of God (2005), The Land Called Holy: Palestine in Christian History and Thought (2004), The Christians as the Romans Saw Them (2003), John Chrysostom and the Jews (1983), and Remembering the Christian Past (1995). He has taught at the Lutheran Theological Seminary of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, Fordham University, the University of Notre Dame, the Institutum Patristicum (Augustinianum) in Rome, the Gregorian University (also in Rome), and Providence College. Professor Wilken received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago.
Promoting a Responsible and Free Conscience in Today's Society
June 14-15, 2019
The Eleanor H. McCullen Center for Law, Religion and Public Policy co-sponsored a workshop on "Promoting a Reponsible and Free Conscience in Today's Society" at Blackfriars, Oxford in June 2019. Barroness Nuala O'Loan, Member of the House of Lords, delivered the keynote address. Other event sponsors included Las Casas Institute; the Aquinas Institute; the Anscombe Centre, Oxford; and the Centre for Catholic Studies, Durham.
The Honorable Amy Coney Barrett on Constitutional Originalism and Continuity
February 25, 2019
The Honorable Amy Coney Barrett was confirmed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in November 2017. Before joining the bench, she served on the faculty of the University of Notre Dame Law School, where she continues to teach. A video of the lecture can be viewed here.
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito Keynotes Conference on “The Value of Tradition in the Global Context” Co-Sponsored by Eleanor H. McCullen Center for Law, Religion and Public Policy
The Eleanor H. McCullen Center for Law, Religion and Public Policy at Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law co-sponsored a gathering of international jurists and scholars at the Rome campus of Università LUMSA in December 2018 for “The Value of Tradition in the Global Context.” The event featured a keynote address by U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Samuel Alito Jr. Read more
Law and the Augustinian Tradition Inaugural Lecture Series
August 28, 2018
Beginning in August 2018, The Eleanor H. McCullen Center for Law, Religion and Public Policy will be hosting a lecture series on "Law and the Augustinian Tradition.”
John Witte, Robert W. Woodruff Professor of Law, McDonald Distinguished Professor and Director of the Center for the Study of Law and Religion, Emory University School of Law, will deliver the inaugural lecture “From Gospel to Law: Martin Luther’s Reformation of Law, Politics, and Society.”
The Annual Donald A. Giannella Memorial Lecture
April 24, 2018
Anthony T. Kronman, Sterling Professor of Law at Yale Law School, presented at the 2018 Donald A. Giannella Memorial Lecture.
Called “The Sage of Yale Law” by The New Yorker, Anthony T. Kronman is the former Dean of Yale Law School and current Sterling Professor of Law. He has served on the Yale faculty for nearly four decades and teaches in the areas of contracts, bankruptcy, jurisprudence, social theory and professional responsibility. He holds a PhD in Philosophy and a JD from Yale University.
Professor Kronman has written several books on law, legal ethics, higher education and philosophy including Education’s End: Why Our Colleges and Universities Have Given Up on the Meaning of Life (2008) and The Lost Lawyer: Failing Ideals of the Legal Profession (1995). His most recent book, Confessions of a Born-Again Pagan (2016), was the subject of a column by David Brooks in The New York Times.
The 2018 Joseph T. McCullen Jr. Symposium on Catholic Social Thought and Law
April 10, 2018
The Eleanor H. McCullen Center for Law, Religion and Public Policy welcomed Ross Douthat, Columnist, The New York Times, to speak on "Pope Francis and the Future of Catholicism." Ross Douthat is an opinion columnist for The New York Times, covering politics, religion, moral values and higher education. He joined The New York Times in 2009 as an Op-Ed columnist. Previously, he was a senior editor at The Atlantic and a blogger for theatlantic.com.
Douthat is also the author of To Change the Church (2018), Bad Religion: How We Became a Nation of Heretics (2012), and Privilege: Harvard and Education of the Ruling Class (2005), and a co-author of Grand New Party: How Republicans Can Win the Working Class and Save the American Dream (2008). He is also the film critic for National Review.
The 2017 Joseph T. McCullen Symposium on Catholic Social Thought and Law
This annual symposium takes place on Friday, March 17, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Laurence E. Hirsch '71 Classroom (Room 101) at Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law (299 North Spring Mill Road, Villanova, PA).
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New Constitutional Studies Initiative to Examine the First Amendment Guarantees of Freedom of Speech and Religion
New initiative is part of the Eleanor H. McCullen Center for Law, Religion and Public Policy at the Charles Widger School of Law
October 10, 2019
VILLANOVA, Pa.— Students and scholars will explore the significance of the First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and religion, as well as the relationship between economic freedom and civil society, through a new Constitutional Studies Initiative. The initiative—which will operate under the auspices of the Charles Widger School of Law’s Eleanor H. McCullen Center for Law, Religion and Public Policy—is funded by a $1.69 million grant from the Charles Koch Foundation. More...
Villanova University Appoints Michael P. Moreland, JD, PhD, as University Professor of Law and Religion
June 22, 2017
Villanova University Provost Patrick G. Maggitti, PhD, today announced the appointment of Michael P. Moreland, JD, PhD, as University Professor of Law and Religion. Among Villanova’s highest academic honors, the University Professor recognizes distinguished faculty whose extraordinary scholarly achievement and accomplishment spans disciplines and crosses traditional college boundaries. Dr. Moreland will also serve as the Director of the Eleanor H. McCullen Center for Law, Religion and Public Policy in the Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law. More...
Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law Names the Eleanor H. McCullen Center for Law, Religion and Public Policy in Recognition of Gifts Totaling $5 Million
March 15, 2017
Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law announced today that its Center for Law, Religion and Public Policy will be named in honor of Eleanor H. McCullen, recognizing recent gifts totaling $5 million from her husband, Joseph T. McCullen Jr. ’57 CLAS. Mr. McCullen has supported the University and the Law School for many years, including the establishment in 2007 of The Joseph T. McCullen Jr. Symposium on Catholic Social Thought and Law. More...