Academic Lectures

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Academic Lectures for the 2013-2014 Academic Year 

Friday, August 30, 4:00pm

University Education, the Unity of Knowledge—and Natural Theology: John Henry Newman’s Prophetic Provocation and Happiness”

Reinhardt Hüetter, Duke Divinity School


Saturday,  August 31, 10:00am

“The Virtue of Religion—Then and Now: Ruminations on Thomas Aquinas”

Reinhardt Hüetter, Duke Divinity School


Friday, September 6, 5:00pm

Formal Academic Convocation: “The Secret of Happiness: Faith, Family, Friends, and Work”

Arthur C. Brooks, American Enterprise Institute, Trustee, Ave Maria University


Tuesday, September 17, 5:00pm

Constitution Day Observance: “The Constitution and Individual Liberty: The Left's 50-Year Plan to Shred the Constitution and Control Your Life”

Tarren Bragdon, Foundation for Government Accountability

Friday, September 20, 12:00 noon – 6:00pm

The Enduring Legacy of Michael Novak, Symposium

“Novak on The Spirit of Democratic Capitalism’, Samuel Gregg, Acton Institute

“Recapitulation and Method: Continuing the Novak Project”, Fr. Derek Cross, Toronto Oratory

“Novak on Religion and the Founders”, David Dalin, Ave Maria University

“Remembrances of Karen and Michael Novak”, Mary Eberstadt, Ethics and Public Policy Center

“Michael Novak: An American Catholic Contribution”, George Weigel, Ethics and Public Policy Center


Wednesday, September 25, 12:00 noon

“Church Communication in the Age of Francis”

“Walker Percy’s Fables of Alienation”

Fr. John P. Wauck, Pontifical University of the Holy Cross, Rome


Friday, October 11, 4:00pm

Ave Maria University 10th Anniversary Lecture: “Mother Teresa”

Sister Dorothy, Missionaries of Charity


November 5-26

Major Themes in Contemporary Creation Theology

Tuesday, Nov 12, 7:00 pm: “Creation in Christ”

Tuesday, Nov 19, 7:00 pm: “Trinity and Creation”

Tuesday, Nov 26, 7:00 pm: “Ratzinger and the Doctrine of Creation”

               Fr. Santiago Sanz, Pontifical University of the Holy Cross, Rome


Friday, January 31, 5:00pm

The Aquinas Lecture: “The Scholastic Principle of Causality and the Rationalist Principle of Sufficient Reason”

Ed Feser, Pasadena City College

February –Saturday, February 7-8


Russ Hittinger, University of Tulsa

Stephen Barr, University of Delaware

Fr. Brian Kolodiejchuk, Mother Teresa Center


Friday-Saturday, February 28-March 1



*All lectures will be held in the Demetree Lecture Hall in the Henkels Academic Building unless otherwise noted.