2017-2018 Public Lecture Series

Kate Hennessy, "Dorothy Day: The World will be Saved by Beauty," September 14, 2017.

2016-17 Public Lecture Series

Ramon Mujica, "St. Rose of Lima: Icon of the Americas," April 6, 2017

Brad Wilcox (University of Virginia), "Catholic Social Teaching Series: On Happiness and Marriage," March 27, 2017

Jorge Secada (University of Virginia), "Descartes and the Journey of the Mind to God," Feb. 23, 2017

Reinhard Hütter, (Catholic University of America), "The Development of Doctrine and Why it Matters: The Ongoing Relevance of John Henry Newman's Thought," Nov. 5, 2016

Joseph Davis, Nichole Flores and Robert McCarthy (University of Virginia), "Catholic Social Teaching Series: On Laudato Si," Nov. 4, 2016

Charles Kromkowski and Lynn Sanders (University of Virginia), "Catholic Social Teaching Series: On Voting," Oct. 17, 2016

Eamon Duffy, (University of Cambridge), "Recreating Poussin's Seven Sacraments," Oct. 21, 2016

Bernard McGinn, (University of Chicago), “St. Thomas Aquinas's Summa Theologiae,” Sept. 22, 2016


2015-16 Public Lecture Series

Carlos Eire, (Yale University), "Discerning the gulf between the Protestant and Catholic Reformations: The Case of Sor Maria de Agreda," April 7, 2016

Emmanuel Falque, (Institut Catholique de Paris), “God, the Flesh, and the Other,” March 3, 2016

Faculty Panel Discussion on Laudato Si, February 19, 2016

Fr. George Coyne, SJ, (Emeritus Director, Vatican Observatory), “Reading the Universe as an Icon of God,” January 21, 2016

Michael Root, (Catholic University of America) “Speaking of the Other: the 50th Anniversary of Nostra Aetate,” Oct. 29, 2015

David Tracy, (University of Chicago), “God as Infinity,” Oct. 1, 2015


2014-15 Public Lecture Series

Wolfgang Koch, (University of Bonn), "Charlemagne, Adenauer, and the Crisis of European Union," May 6, 2015

Margo Fassler, (University of Notre Dame), "St. Hildegard's Hexaemeron in Art and Music" April 9, 2015

Ulrich Lehner, (Marquette University), "Enlightenment Saints in the Age of Reason," March 5, 2015

Anthony J. Godzieba, (Villanova University), "On the Road to Emmaus: Catholicism, Art, and the Incarnational Imagination." February 5, 2015

David Lantigua, (Catholic University of America), “Bishop Bartolomé de las Casas, O.P. (1484-1566), the Church of the Poor, and the Origins of Human Rights,” November 21, 2015

William Cavanaugh, (Depaul University), "Economics and Christian Desire: Milton Friedman, St. Augustine, and the Local Development of a Global Moral Economy," Sept. 25, 2014


2013-14 Public Lecture Series

Veronica Mary Rolf, "Julian's Gospel: Illuminating the Life & Revelations of Julian of Norwich," March 19, 2014

Charles Chaput, OFM, (Archbishop of Philadelphia) "City Upon a Hill: Augustine, John Winthrop and the soul of the American Experiment Today," Feb. 18, 2014

Fr. David Link, (University of Notre Dame Law School, Dean Emeritus) "Mercy, Justice, and the Imprisoned: Serving the Least, the Last, the Lost, and the Lonely," Nov. 7, 2013

Hon. Antonin Scalia, (U.S. Supreme Court) "Not to the Wise: The Christian as Cretin," Oct. 3, 2013


2012-13 Public Lecture Series

Fr. Sidney Griffith, (Catholic University of Virginia) "Christianity in the World of Islam: In the Shadow of the Mosque," April 18, 2013

Robert Louis Wilken, (University of Virginia) "The First Thousand Years: A Global History of Christianity," March 22, 2013

 Fr. Peter Funk, OSB, (Monastery of the Holy Cross) "What Makes Sacred Music Sacred," Feb. 6, 2013

Br. Timothy Ferrell, OSB, (Monastery of the Holy Cross) "Contemplation, Prayer, Vocation, " Feb. 5, 2013

Eleonore Stump, (St. Louis University) "The Problem of Suffering: A Thomistic Defense," Jan. 17, 2013

Fr. Joseph Komonchak, (Catholic University of America) "Vatican II: 50 Years Later," Nov. 17, 2013

Angela O'Donnell, (Fordham University) "St. Sinatra, Saintliness, and the Catholic Poetic Imagination," Oct. 4, 2013


2011-12 Public Lecture Series

Brad Gregory, (University of Notre Dame) "The Unintended Reformation: How a religious Revolution Secularized Society," April 19, 2013

Robert Louis Wilken, (University of Virginia) "The Catholic Roots of Religious Freedom," Jan. 25, 2013

Hans Joas, (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin/University of Chicago) "Waves of Secularization: An Alternative Explanation of "Religious Decline," Nov. 18, 2012

Reinhard Hütter, (Duke University) "The Lost Edges of the Modern Research University: A Catholic Philosophical Critique," Sept. 16, 2012


2010-11 Public Lecture Series

Thomas F.X. Noble, (University of Notre Dame History Department), "Faith Taking Shape: Early Christianity and the Arts," April 7, 2011

Catholic University of America Chamber Choir, "A Winter's Evening Concert," Leo Nestor, conductor, Feb. 18, 2011

Richard Garnett, (University of Notre Dame Law School), "Positive Secularism: Understanding the Separation of Church and State," Feb. 4, 2011

George Weigel, "The Life and Legacy of Pope John Paul II," Nov. 19, 2010

Miklos Veto, "Approaches to God in the Philosophy of Jean Luc Marion," Oct. 19, 2010

Trent Pomplun, (Loyola University-Maryland), "Jesuit on the Roof of the World: Ippolito Desideri's Mission to Tibet," October 7, 2010


2009-10 Public Lecture Series

Elizabeth Schiltz, (University of St. Thomas Law School), "Taking Complementarity Seriously: A Catholic Ap­proach to Gender Differ­ences, Feminism, and Public Pol­icy," April 9, 2010

Robert Louis Wilken, (University of Virginia), "Catholicism and Culture," March 25, 2010

Paul Mariani, (Boston College), "The Life and Poe­try of Gerard Manley Hopkins, S.J.," October 22, 2009

Fr. Brendan McAnerney, O.P. "Holy Icons-Holy Churches," September 30, 2009


2008-09 Public Lecture Series

David Solomon, (University of Notre Dame), “The Assault on Human Dignity: Can Bioethics Do Without it?” April 16, 2009

Stephen Barr, (Physics Department, University of Delaware), “Modern Physics and Ancient Faith” February 18, 2009

Bernard McGinn, (University of Chicago Divinity School), “The Imitation of Christ and the Catholic Mystical Tradition,” February 12, 2009

Anthony Esolen, (Providence College), “Dante: The Prison of Autonomy, the Freedom of Obedience” November 5, 2008

Augustine Thompson, O.P., (University of Virginia) “The Quest for the Historical Francis of Assisi” October 1, 2008


2007-08 Public Lecture Series 

Lamin Sanneh, (Yale University) March 26, 2008: "The Fall of Constantinople and the Fall of the Twin Towers" 

William Mahrt, (Music Department, Stanford University), February 20, 2008: “What Makes Music Sacred?” with vocal accompaniment by early music vocal ensemble Zephyrus, directed by Paul Walker, University of Virginia Music Department 

Mark C. Murphy, (Philosophy Department, Georgetown University), November 14, 2007: “God and Nature in Natural Law” 

Mother Assumpta Long, O.P., September 26, 2007:“The Eucharist: Source and Summit of the Christian Life” 


2006-2007 Public Lecture Series 

Francis Cardinal George, O.M.I., March 22, 2007: “Catholicism in Post-Protestant America” 

John Cavadini, University of Notre Dame, February 20, 2007:“Augustine's City of God and Political Realism” 

Gary Anderson, University of Notre Dame, November 16, 2006: “The Blessed Virgin Mary and the Matriarchs of Israel” 

James Ceaser (Politics), Abdulazziz Sachedina (Religious Studies), Jorge Secada (Philosophy), Robert Wilken (Religious Studies) November, 15, 2006: “Benedict XVI on ‘Faith, Reason and the University’: The Regensburg Address in Context” 

Columba Stewart, OSB, St. John's Abbey, Collegeville, Minnesota, September 27, 2006: “Living a Simple Life”                    


 2005-06 Public Lecture Series 

James Murphy, Dartmouth, April 4, 2006: “A Catholic Perspective on Work”    

 Msgr. Francis Mannion, St. Vincent de Paul Church, Salt Lake City, Utah, February 21, 2006: “The Liturgy as Festival of the Future World”

 Evelyn Vitz, New York University, January 24, 2006: “The Sacredness of Time and Life’s Rhythms”

 Edward Oakes, S.J., St. Mary of the Lake University, Mundelein, November 15, 2005: “Unreal Words: Truth and Beauty”                        

Paul Griffiths, Catholic Studies, University of Illinois, Chicago Circle, October 25, 2005: “The Love of Learning and the Desire for God: Catholicism and the Meaning of Study”

 Carol Zaleski, Smith College, September 20, 2005:“The Two Benedicts and the Renewal of Catholic Culture"


2004-05 Public Lecture Series 

Daniel Sulmasy, O.vF. M., M.D., Bioethics Institute, New York Medical College, April 5, 2005:“Catholic Christianity and the Meaning of Healing” 

Sr. Carol Taylor, C.S.F.N., Georgetown Center for Clinical Bioethics, March 1, 2005:“Spiritual Care for the Seriously Ill and Dying” 

Margaret Hogan, University of Portland, February 1, 2005: “Genetic Testing: Cui Bono?” 

Robert Boyle, M.D., University of Virginia Medical School, Nov.15, 2004: “Moral Dilemmas at the Beginning and End of Life” 

Edmund D. Pellegrino, M.D., Georgetown University, Oct. 19, 2004: “Modern Bioethics and the Catholic Moral Tradition” 

Robert P. George, Princeton University, October 5, 2004: “The Embryo Question: Justice and Nascent Human Life”


2003-04 Public Lecture Series

Fr. Michael Baxter, C.S.C., University of Notre Dame, April 21, 2004: "Beyond Liberal and Conservative Catholicism" 

Russell Hittinger, University of Tulsa, March 30, 2004: "Catholic Social Doctrine in Historical Perspective" 

Joseph Bottum, Feb. 17, 2004: "Pope Pius XII and the Holocaust" 

Peter Steinfels, Columnist, The New York Times, November 11, 2003: "Catholics in the Public Square: The Case for Liberal Catholicism" 

Sr. Mary Rose McGeady, Covenant House, October 21, 2003: "Ministry to Street Kids: A Challenge to the Church" 

Fr. Richard John Neuhaus, First Things, Sept. 30, 2003: "After Nihilism" 


2002-03 Public Lecture Series 

Christopher L Shannon, Christendom College, April 2, 2003: "A Catholic Critique of Multiculturalism" 

Gregory Wolfe, editor, Image: A Journal of the Arts and Religion, March 17, 2003:“Ever Ancient, Ever New: Contemporary Catholic Visual Artist” 

Duncan Stroik, Notre Dame School of Architecture, November 12, 2002: “Beauty, Goodness, and Truth: What is the Future of Sacred Architecture?” 

Dana Gioia, poet, October 2, 2002: “The Catholic Writer Today” 


2001-02 Public Lecture Series 

Thomas S. Hibbs, March 7, 2002: “Thomas Aquinas: Philosopher of the New Millennium" 

Cyprian Davis, OSB, St. Meinrad’s Archabbey, February 12, 2002: “Black Catholic Self-Understanding in 19th Century America” 

Avery Cardinal Dulles, S.J., February 6, 2002: “Theology in the University” 

James J. Buckley, Theology, Loyola College in Maryland, November 29, 2001: “John Henry Cardinal Newman” 

Fr. Gerald P. Fogarty, S.J., University of Virginia, November 8, 2001: “Commonwealth Catholicism: A History of the Catholic Church in Virginia” 

Hon. John T. Noonan, Jr., October 4, 2001: “Religion, Freedom, and Catholicism”


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