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President Jim Towey interviewed on religious liberty by nationally-syndicated radio show host Laura Ingraham

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

AMU President Jim Towey was interviewed this morning by Laura Ingraham on religious liberty. Ingraham, a radio talk show host, best-selling author, and conservative political commentator, hosts a nationally syndicated talk show, The Laura Ingraham Show, which airs throughout the United States and online.

To listen to today's show, follow this link.



AMU Oratory Singers to perform César Franck’s "Psyché" April 10-11

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

The AMU Oratory Singers join forces once again with the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus in two performances of their masterworks concert “Liszt and Franck” at the Hayes Hall of Artis-Naples.  This program marks AMU’s first collaboration with the new music director of the Philharmonic, Maestro Andrey Boreyko.

The chorus and orchestra will perform César Franck’s Psyché, a rarely heard tone poem, which depicts in lush harmonies the myth of the forbidden romance between the beautiful Psyché and Eros, the god of love. The concert opens with Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun, by Claude Debussy and closes with Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet.


César Franck’s Psyché

AMU Oratory Singers with the

Naples Philharmonic Orchestra & Chorus

Andrey Boreyko, conductor

April 10 & 11, 2015

8:00 pm





The Acton Institute names Dr. Catherine Pakaluk the 2015 Novak Award winner

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., March 16, 2015 – Esteemed educator and zealous researcher of multiple disciplines in the area of advanced social studies and social thought, Catherine Pakaluk has been selected as the recipient of the 2015 Novak Award by the Acton Institute in recognition of her early promise as a scholar.

Catherine Ruth Pakaluk is Assistant Professor of Economics at Ave Maria University and Founder-Director of the Stein Center for Social Research at Ave Maria University. This center is an interdisciplinary institute for advanced studies in social science and social thought. She currently works in the areas of demography, family studies, the economics of education and religion, and the interpretation of Catholic social thought.

Pakaluk earned her doctorate in economics at Harvard University (2010), where her dissertation under Caroline Hoxby examined the relationship between religion and educational outcomes.  Her mentors have included F. Russell Hittinger, Michael Novak, and Steven A. Long.

Pakaluk is also a widely-admired writer and sought-after speaker on matters of culture, religion, gender, the social science of the family, the vocation of women, Catholic social thought, and the work of Edith Stein. She lives in Ave Maria, Florida with her husband Michael and seven children.

Named after distinguished American theologian and social philosopher Michael Novak, the Novak Award recognizes new outstanding research by scholars early in their academic careers who demonstrate outstanding intellectual merit in advancing the understanding of theology's connection to human dignity, the importance of limited government, religious liberty, and economic freedom. Recipients of the Novak Award make a formal presentation on such questions at an annual public forum known as the Calihan Lecture. The Novak Award comes with a $10,000 prize.

The Novak Award forms part of a range of scholarships, travel grants, and awards available from the Acton Institute that support future religious and intellectual leaders who wish to study the essential relationship between theology, the free market, economic liberty, and the importance of the rule of law. Details of these scholarships may be found at



AMU Oratory Singers to Perform Haydn's "The Creation" March 26, 27, and 29

Monday, March 16, 2015

The AMU Oratory Singers, the University's 40-member mixed ensemble, joins the Naples Philharmonic Chorus and Orchestra for three performances of Haydn's career-capping masterpiece, The Creation. AMU's own Timothy McDonnell makes his conducting premiere with the Naples Philharmonic in this rousing interpretation of the Genesis story. 

The chorus and orchestra will be joined by soloists Michele Byrd, Johnathan McCann, and Graham Fandrei.

  March 26, 2015 - 7:30 p.m.

First Presbyterian Church

Bonita Springs



 March 27, 2015 - 8:00 p.m.

Wesley United Church

Marco Island



 March 29, 2015 - 4:00 p.m.

 First Presbyterian Church





Dr. Guangyao Chen to offer lecture on March 26

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Distinguished Visiting Scholar, Dr. Guangyao Chen will offer a lecture on campus on Thursday, March 26th at 5:10 pm. Dr. Chen's lecture, "Electron-Positron Pair Production in Modern Colliders – A Quantum Mechanics Approach," will be held in the Henkels Academic Building, Classroom #1014. Previous knowledge in quantum mechanics is not necessary to attend this lecture.