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    The Transgender Moment: Understanding and Responding to Gender Identity in Contemporary Culture

    April 5-6, 2019

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    • Anthony Esolen, Professor of English, Thomas More College
    • Michelle Cretella, MD, President of the American College of Pediatricians
    • Mary Hasson, Kate O’Beirne Fellow at The Ethics and Public Policy Center
    • Ryan T. Anderson, author of When Harry Became Sally: Responding to the Transgender Moment

    “At the core of the ideology is the radical claim that feelings determine reality. From this idea come extreme demands for society to play along with subjective reality claims.”
    —Ryan T. Anderson, Visiting Fellow, Veritas Center for Ethics in Public Life

    Four years after the Supreme Court made gay marriage the law of the land in Obergefell v. Hodges, transgenderism and gender identity have become the new flashpoints in America’s longstanding culture war. From laws threatening to punish individuals for not using individuals’ “preferred pronouns” to young children being encouraged to “transition” to the opposite gender before puberty, the transgender claims are fundamentally remaking every aspect of contemporary American politics, medicine, and culture.

    But the claims, based on the idea that gender is nothing more than a social construct divorced from biological sex, fail to justify the extraordinary changes being pushed by the transgender ideologues, who oftentimes do not represent the concerns of those experiencing gender dysphoria.

    Join us at Franciscan University of Steubenville for a two-day interdisciplinary conversation scrutinizing the claims of the “transgender moment.” Drawing on the dual foundations of faith and reason upon which the Veritas Center was founded, our panel of scholars and experts from the world of medicine, psychology, law, theology, philosophy, and public policy will discuss topics from the underlying mental health concerns of transgender individuals to the philosophical contradictions at the heart of today’s gender identity activism. Finally, they will examine the very real threat posed by the transgender ideologues to both religious liberty and individual rights, which have seen a chilling contraction in the wake of Obergefell.

    Featured speakers include leading Catholic intellectuals, including Anthony Esolen of Thomas More College, Christopher Tollefsen of the University of South Carolina, and Ryan T. Anderson, William E. Simon senior research fellow at the Heritage Foundation as well as visiting fellow at the Veritas Center for Ethics in Public Life. Additional speakers include Walt Heyer, a former transgender individual who has since detransitioned and focused his life and work on offering hope for others who regret their sex change.

  • Past Conferences

    In Crisis: American Higher Education

    April 6-7, 2018

    Plenary Speakers: Benjamin Wiker, Gerard V. Bradley, William Deresiewicz, Patrick J. Deneen, Vigen Guroian, Peter Wood, George Dent, Paul J. Griffiths, Casey Mattox, Matthew C. Woessner, Leonard Cassuto, R. J. Snell 

    American higher education is in turmoil like never before. Student debt is at an all-time high, casting doubt on the value of a college education. The liberal arts are imperiled. Serious campus debate and free speech are threatened by politicization. An “anything goes” morality is the norm on many campuses. 

    Against this backdrop, the Veritas Center for Ethics in Public Life at Franciscan University of Steubenville hosted a two-day conference, “The State of American Higher Education, 2018,” held at Franciscan University April 6-7, 2018.


    The Catholic Church in World Affairs

    April 28-29, 2017

    Plenary Speakers: Dr. Paul Kengor of Grove City College; Austin Ruse of C-FAM; Dr. William Kirk Kilpatrick, author of Christianity, Islam, and Atheism: The Struggle for the Soul of the West; and Dr. Daniel R. Kempton of Franciscan University

    Join Franciscan University of Steubenville in exploring the important role the Church has played and continues to play in international affairs. The two-day conference, which begins on Friday, April 28, in the Tony and Nina Gentile Gallery of the J.C. Williams Center, will bring together leading Catholic social scientists in the world today.

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    Challenging the Secular Culture: A Call to Christians

    April 10-11, 2015

    Plenary Speakers: 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

    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 groups.

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    Truth, Conscience, and Religious Freedom

    April 4-5, 2014

    Plenary Speakers: 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

    The HHS mandate for contraceptive, sterilization, and abortifacient coverage in health insurance plans, health-care institutions requiring medical personnel to participate in morally objectionable procedures, legal liability for businesses refusing on religious grounds to provide services for same-sex “weddings,” students forbidden to engage in religious expression in public schools, zoning laws used to stop Bible studies in private homes—these and many more issues have surfaced in recent years concerning religious freedom in the United States.

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    Saints vs. Scoundrels

    Oct 10, 2013

    Plenary Speaker: Benjamin Wiker, Ph.D.

    Benjamin Wiker, Ph.D. presents the lives of some of the most influential and interesting figures from throughout history. Examine their lives, their impact and the difference it makes to accept God or reject Him. 

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