President's Lecture Series

The President’s Lecture Series at Assumption College is a public forum in which important ethical, spiritual and human issues are illuminated and examined within the Catholic intellectual tradition.

The heart of a classical liberal arts education is an ongoing conversation across disciplines. By ensuring that the sharpest minds, representing diverse viewpoints and areas of study, are a part of this dialogue Assumption reaffirms –and bolsters– its commitment to providing students with an education that goes beyond the mere memorization of facts and acquisition of skills and empowers them to continue the discussion.

All lectures in the series are open to the Assumption College community and the general public at no charge.

Next Speaker:

Richard Garnett, J.D.

Richard Garnett, J.D. 
Paul J. Schierl/Fort Howard Corporation Professor
Concurrent Professor of Political Science, University of Notre Dame

The Past, Present, and Future of Religious Freedom in America

February 8, 2015 at 7 pm. Salon, La Maison Française

Professor Richard Garnett, J.D., teaches and writes about constitutional law as well as the freedoms of speech, association, and religion. A former clerk for the late Chief Justice of the United States William H. Rehnquist, he is a leading authority on questions regarding the role of religious beliefs in politics and society.
 
Prof. Garnett is the founding director of Notre Dame Law School’s Program on Church, State, and Society. He has served on the Notre Dame Task Force on Catholic Education, and is a Fellow of the University’s Institute for Educational Initiatives as well as a founding Associate of the American Center for School Choice.
 
Lecture Summary
Religious freedom has been called America's "First Freedom," yet its meaning and limits are unclear and increasingly controversial.  As our communities become more diverse, and as the sphere of government action and regulation grows, the challenge of respecting and protecting religious freedom for all becomes more difficult.  Meeting that challenge, however, remains essential.
 

Upcoming 2014-2015 Lecture Series Speakers

Monday February 8, 2016
7 p.m.
Salon, La Maison Française

Richard Garnett

Richard W. Garnett, J.D.
Paul J. Schierl/Fort Howard Corporation Professor
Concurrent Professor of Political Science, University of Notre Dame

The Past, Present, and Future of Religious Freedom in America?

Tuesday March 22, 2016
7 p.m.
Salon, La Maison Française

John Peter Kenney

John Peter Kenney, Ph.D.
Professor of Religious Studies, Saint Michael’s College

The Mysticism of St. Augustine
Annual Augustine Lecture

Monday April 11, 2016
7 p.m.
Salon, La Maison Français

Mary Hirschfeld

Mary Hirschfeld, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Economics and Theology, Villanova University

Toward a Humane Economy: Ordering Economic Life to Genuine Human Happiness

Full President’s Lecture Series Schedule

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