Our culture is in trouble. The daily news, critiques
by Christian thought-leaders, and common sense tell us so. But rarely
do they tell us how to address the mess in sensible and practical ways.
At this conference, prominent scholars and public figures will teach us to do just that.
Seasoned defenders of Christian culture will offer ideas both big and
modest for reclaiming a sound, moral culture—a culture that fosters
human dignity to the fullest. They will address how to challenge
troublesome trends and realities, and how to renew our culture in the
domains of family life, sexual morality, education, politics, law, art
and architecture, economic life, the media, young people, and minority
James Kalb, Dr. Anthony Esolen, Robert R. Reilly, Sheila
Liaugminas, Dr. Benjamin Wiker, Duncan Stroik, Dr. Lawrence M. Stratton,
Dr. Allan C. Carlson, Dr. Jonathan Reyes, Dr. Stephen Krason
Note: Conference sessions will commence at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, April 10, and conclude at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 11.
“The Challenge Goes Deep”James Kalb: Lawyer, independent scholar, author of The Tyranny of Liberalism and Against Inclusiveness.
"‘Let Them Be Born in Wonder’: Recovering the True Core of a Human Education”Dr. Anthony Esolen: Professor of English at Providence College; author of The Politically Incorrect Guide to Western Civilization.
“The New Gnosticism of the Homosexual Movement and How to Restore Reality”Robert R. Reilly: Former presidential assistant, diplomat, and director of Voice of America; and author of Making Gay Okay: How Rationalizing Homosexual Behavior Is Changing Everything.
“Media Matter: Shaping Public Opinion for the Gospel”Sheila Liaugminas: Emmy Award-winning journalist; host of A Closer Look on Relevant Radio; author of Non-Negotiable: Essential Principles of a Just Society and Humane Culture.
“Disestablishing Secularism Through Reestablishing the University"Dr.
Benjamin Wiker: Associate professor of political science and human life
studies, and senior fellow of the Veritas Center for Ethics in Public
Life at Franciscan University of Steubenville.
“A New Renaissance in Art and Architecture”Duncan
Stroik: Professor of architecture at the University of Notre Dame,
founder of the Institute for Sacred Architecture, and founding editor of
the Sacred Architecture Journal.
“Restoring American Law”Dr. Lawrence M.
Stratton: Director of the Stover Center for Constitutional Studies and
Moral Leadership at Waynesburg University, co-author of The Tyranny of Good Intentions: How Prosecutors and Law Enforcement Are Trampling the Constitution in the Name of Justice , and an ordained Presbyterian Church (USA) minister.
“The Natural Family in the Post-Modern (and Much More Real) World”Dr. Allan C. Carlson: President of the Howard Center, editor of Family in America, and International Secretary of the World Congress on Families.
“Christ in Civil Society: The Intersection of Higher Education and Social Concerns in the Evangelization of Culture” Dr.
Jonathan Reyes: Executive director of the Department of Justice, Peace,
and Human Development of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.
“Restoring Sound Culture and American Principles: The Different Dimensions of a Social and Political Response” Dr.
Stephen M. Krason: Professor of political science and legal studies,
associate director of the Veritas Center for Ethics in Public Life at
Franciscan University of Steubenville; co-founder and president of the
Society of Catholic Social Scientists.
The mission of the Veritas Center for Ethics in Public Life is to
seek the truth about the good. Toward that goal, the center encourages
and supports inquiry that is grounded in faith and reason, and focused
on ethical questions of significance for contemporary culture in the
areas of business, law, politics, social services, education, and the
arts. Inspired by Blessed Pope John Paul II’s teaching in Veritatis Splendor
that, too often, “human freedom has been detached from its essential
and constitutive relationship to truth,” the Veritas Center is committed
to clarifying and applying the natural law and Christian teaching, and
defending the permanent validity of their precepts. In this way, it
furthers the mission of Franciscan University of Steubenville to promote
and teach the truth, under the guidance of the Magisterium of the
Catholic Church.Dr. Anne Hendershott: Director of the Veritas CenterDr. Stephen M. Krason: Associate Director of the Veritas Center
Veritas Center for Ethics in Public LifeFranciscan University of Steubenville
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