Events

Upcoming Events

Screening of “The Hong Konger”

Maloney Hall

Join the IHE and the Busch School of Business for a screening of “The Hong Konger,” a film about Jimmy Lai’s freedom struggle. A reception and […]

Join the IHE and the Busch School of Business for a screening of “The Hong Konger,” a film about Jimmy Lai’s freedom struggle.

A reception and discussion with Bill McGurn of the Wall Street Journal will follow.

Watch the trailer here.

Catholicism and Nationalism: Are They Compatible?

Heritage Hall, Father O'Connell Hall, Catholic University of America

Join the IHE for a panel discussion on “Catholicism and Nationalism: Are They Compatible?” A livestream is available here. Panelists: Ross Douthat is a columnist at […]

Join the IHE for a panel discussion on “Catholicism and Nationalism: Are They Compatible?”

A livestream is available here.

Panelists:

Ross Douthat is a columnist at The New York Times and IHE Media Fellow.

Michael Brendan Dougherty is a Senior Writer at National Review Online.

R. R. Reno is Editor at First Things.

Jennifer Frey is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of South Carolina and an IHE Scholar.

V. Bradley Lewis is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at the Catholic University of America and IHE Scholar.

Past Events

The Catholic Imagination: An Incoherent Idea?

Heritage Hall, Father O'Connell Hall, Catholic University

Join the IHE and The Lamp for a discussion on “The Catholic Imagination: An Incoherent Idea?” with Matthew Walther, Jaspreet Singh Boparai, Jane Clark Scharl, and […]

Join the IHE and The Lamp for a discussion on “The Catholic Imagination: An Incoherent Idea?” with Matthew Walther, Jaspreet Singh Boparai, Jane Clark Scharl, and James Matthew Wilson.

A livestream is available here.

Matthew Walther is editor of The Lamp.

Jaspreet Singh Boparai is a former academic and a frequent contributor to The Lamp. He was trained initially as a classicist and was the final student of the late Professor Philip Ford; his was the last-ever PhD awarded in the Department of neo-Latin at Cambridge. He was educated at Corpus Christi College, Oxford; the Courtauld Institute of Art; the Warburg Institute; the École normale supérieure in Paris; and Clare College, Cambridge, where he completed a dissertation on the history of classical scholarship.

Jane Clark Scharl is a poet, essayist, and playwright. Her work has been featured on the BBC and in many journals and magazines, including The Hopkins ReviewThe New Ohio ReviewThe American Journal of Poetry, and, of course, The Lamp. Her first play, a verse drama in which St. Ignatius of Loyola, John Calvin, and Francois Rabelais must solve a Mardi Gras murder before Lent begins, will open as a staged reading in New York this year. She lives in Detroit with her husband and their two children.

James Matthew Wilson has published eleven books, including his most recent book of poems, The Strangeness of the Good (Angelico, 2022). He is Cullen Foundation Chair in English Literature at the University of Saint Thomas, in Houston, where he founded the MFA program in Creative Writing, the first such program to be rooted fully in the Catholic intellectual and literary tradition. He serves also as Poet-in-Residence for the Benedict XVI Institute, Editor of Colosseum Books, and Poetry Editor of Modern Age magazine.

 

 

Just War Theory

Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs (3307 M Street NW, Suite 200) - Georgetown University

Join us at Georgetown University for a roundtable discussion on Just War Theory featuring panelists: Marc LiVecche – McDonald Distinguished Scholar, Providence Magazine Maryann Cusimano Love […]

Join us at Georgetown University for a roundtable discussion on Just War Theory featuring panelists:
Marc LiVecche – McDonald Distinguished Scholar, Providence Magazine
Maryann Cusimano Love – Associate Professor, Catholic University
Joe Capizzi – Professor of Moral Theology, Catholic University
Jerry McNerney – Congressman
Eric Patterson – Research Fellow, Berkley Center, Georgetown University
Paul Miller – Professor of the Practice, Georgetown University

Guests must register here for the event: https://berkleycenter.georgetown.edu/events/just-war-theory-roundtable-discussion

 

For questions or accessibility accommodations contact: berkleycenter@georgetown.edu

 

For COVID-19 registration information, please visit: https://gucovid.force.com/visitor/s/?event=VE5831

Is the Intellectual Life too Intellectual?

Virtual

Join us for a virtual event on the topic, “Is the Intellectual Life too Intellectual?” The link for the event is available here. Jason Paone is […]

Join us for a virtual event on the topic, “Is the Intellectual Life too Intellectual?”

The link for the event is available here.

Jason Paone is an IHE Graduate Scholar and Editor at Word on Fire Academic

Kevin Kambo is an IHE Faculty Scholar and Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of Dallas.

 

MA in Human Rights: Virtual Information Session

Virtual

The Master of Arts in Human Rights will be offering a virtual information session on Wednesday, November 2. Program Director William Saunders and MA in Human […]

The Master of Arts in Human Rights will be offering a virtual information session on Wednesday, November 2.

Program Director William Saunders and MA in Human Rights Alum Elizabeth Kirk will give a presentation on the program and be available to answer questions.

Register at: MAhumanrights.com

William Saunders, Program Director, MA in Human Rights 

Elizabeth Kirk, Research Assistant with RFI’s Freedom of Religious Institutions in Society Project

Early Christianity, National Pluralism, and International War

Columbus School of Law, Room 305

Samuel Pomeroy will speak on the topic of “Early Christianity, National Pluralism, and International Law.”   Samuel Pomeroy (Ph.D, Leuven, 2019) is an Alexander von Humboldt […]

Samuel Pomeroy will speak on the topic of “Early Christianity, National Pluralism, and International Law.”

 

Samuel Pomeroy (Ph.D, Leuven, 2019) is an Alexander von Humboldt Post-doctoral fellow at the University of Münster (Germany) working at the Origen Research Center (Forschungsstelle Origenes). His book Chrysostom as Exegete (Brill) won the Lautenschlaeger Award for Theological Promise in 2022. He previously studied in the School of Divinity at the University of St Andrews (2013). He is a graduate of the Honors Program at Baylor University (2012) where he studied Philosophy and Great Texts.

Neither Conservative Nor National: National Conservatism Rightly Understood

Maloney Hall, Room 204

Jack Butler, IHE Media Fellow and Submissions Editor at National Review, will speak on the promises and perils of national conservatism. A livestream is available here.  

Jack Butler, IHE Media Fellow and Submissions Editor at National Review, will speak on the promises and perils of national conservatism.

A livestream is available here.

 

Fifth Annual Human Rights Lecture: Should Conscience be Your Guide?

Heritage Hall, O'Connell Hall, Catholic University of America

Father Kevin Flannery, S.J., will deliver the fifth annual Human Rights Lecture. He will examine the concept of conscience and its basis in synderesis, looking especially at […]

Father Kevin Flannery, S.J., will deliver the fifth annual Human Rights Lecture. He will examine the concept of conscience and its basis in synderesis, looking especially at the work of Aristotle, Thomas Aquinas, and Thomas More.

A livestream is available here.

Communism and Human Freedom

2325 Rayburn House Office Building

Communism is perhaps the greatest threat humanity has ever faced. It has murdered more innocent people than any political system in history and has imprisoned millions […]

Communism is perhaps the greatest threat humanity has ever faced. It has murdered more innocent people than any political system in history and has imprisoned millions more. In the last century, it threatened to engulf the world, but even today it controls the world’s largest nation and threatens to spread. Join Dr. William Saunders of the IHE and Dr. Lee Edwards who founded the Victims of Communism Museum to discuss the lessons we can learn from resistance to communism in the past in order to confront and defeat it in the present.

 

This event is co-sponsored by Faith and Law.


Dr. Lee Edwards is adjunct professor of politics at the Catholic University of America and co-founder of the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation in Washington, D.C.

His books include biographies of Ronald Reagan, Barry Goldwater, William F. Buckley, Jr. and Edwin Meese III as well as histories of The Heritage Foundation and the American conservative movement. His most recent works include “A Brief History of the Cold War” (2016), written with Elizabeth Edwards Spalding, and his autobiography, “Just Right: A Life in Pursuit of Liberty” (2017).

Edwards was the founding director of the Institute of Political Journalism at Georgetown University and a fellow at the Institute of Politics at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He is a past president of the Philadelphia Society and a media fellow at the Hoover Institution.

Edwards received a doctorate in world politics from Catholic University as well as a doctor of humane letters degree from Grove City College. He did graduate work at the Sorbonne in Paris. He holds a bachelor of arts degree in English from Duke University.

William Saunders is a graduate of the Harvard Law School, who has been involved in issues of public policy, law and ethics for thirty years. A regular columnist for the National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly, Mr. Saunders has written widely on these topics, as well as on Catholic social teaching. He has given lectures in law schools and colleges throughout the United States and the world. He is the Director of the Program in Human Rights for the Institute for Human Ecology.

Russell Hittinger on “How to Inherit a Kingdom: Reflections on the Situation of Catholic Political Thought”

Heritage Hall, 597 Michigan Ave NE

The IHE’s First Annual Lecture on Catholic Political Thought will be delivered by Professor Russell Hittinger, who has recently joined the IHE and The Catholic University […]

The IHE’s First Annual Lecture on Catholic Political Thought will be delivered by Professor Russell Hittinger, who has recently joined the IHE and The Catholic University of America. The lecture is entitled “How to Inherit a Kingdom: Reflections on the Situation of Catholic Political Thought.”

This event will take place on Thursday, October 6 at 3:30 p.m. at Heritage Hall, Catholic University of America.

A reception with refreshments will follow.

A livestream is available here.

Dr. Russell Hittinger is a leading scholar of Catholic political and social thought. From 1996-2019, Dr. Hittinger was the incumbent of the William K. Warren Chair of Catholic Studies at the University of Tulsa, where he was also a Research Professor in the School of Law. He has taught at the University of Chicago, Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology, Fordham University, Princeton University, New York University, Providence College, and Charles University in Prague. In January 2020, Dr. Hittinger gave the Aquinas Lecture at Blackfriars, Oxford.

Since 2001, he is a member of the Pontifical Academy of St. Thomas Aquinas, to which he was elected a full member (ordinarius) in 2004, and appointed to the consilium or governing board from 2006-2018. On 8 September 2009, Pope Benedict XVI appointed Dr. Hittinger as an ordinarius in the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, in which he finished his ten-year term in 2019.

He is currently a Fellow at the Institute for Human Ecology at The Catholic University of America, where he also serves as the inaugural co-Director of the Program in Catholic Political Thought.

 

The Paradox of Marriage

Happel Room, Caldwell Hall, Catholic University of America

Join the IHE for a ceremony celebrating the conferral of the Society of Catholic Social Scientist’s Pope Pius XI Award, its highest honor, upon Brad Wilcox. […]

Join the IHE for a ceremony celebrating the conferral of the Society of Catholic Social Scientist’s Pope Pius XI Award, its highest honor, upon Brad Wilcox. Dr. Wilcox will deliver a speech on “The Paradox of Marriage.” A reception with light refreshments will follow the event.

Catholic University’s Department of Sociology and Society of Catholic Social Scientists will co-sponsor the event.

October 4 at 5:00 PM. Happel Room, Caldwell Hall, Catholic University of America.

Screening of “Unguarded”

Della Ratta Auditorium, Maloney Hall, Catholic University

Unguarded explores a revolutionary Brazilian prison system centered on the full recovery and rehabilitation of the person. A panel will follow the screening. Panelists: Hannah Chesterton […]

Unguarded explores a revolutionary Brazilian prison system centered on the full recovery and rehabilitation of the person.

A panel will follow the screening. Panelists:

Hannah Chesterton (Department of Sociology)

Michael Massey (National School of Social Service)

Mary Graw Leary (Columbus School of Law)

Jim Blum (Founder and Director of “My Father’s House”)

Simoneta d’Italia Wiener (Director of Unguarded)

 

The Center for Law and the Human Person and the Office of the Provost are co-sponsoring this event.

Constitution Day Lecture

Columbus School of Law, Room 205

Join the IHE for the Third Annual Constitution Day Lecture. The lecture will focus on the importance of the Constitution on college and university campuses and […]

Join the IHE for the Third Annual Constitution Day Lecture. The lecture will focus on the importance of the Constitution on college and university campuses and will consider the implications of constitutional law for educational institutions today.

Dr. Elizabeth Kaufer Busch is the Laura and Pete Walker Professor of American Studies at Christopher Newport University at Christopher Newport University, where she also serves as the Director of American Studies and is the Founder and Co-Director of the Center for American Studies.  Busch earned her PhD in political science from Michigan State University with specializations in modern and American political thought. Prior to coming to Christopher Newport, she was assistant professor of government at Berry College. Busch serves on the board of directors of the Jack Miller Center for Founding American Principles and History and the Washington, Jefferson, and Madison Institute; and recently was appointed to serve on the Civics and Civic Engagement Task Force for the U.S. Semiquincentennial Commission (also known as America250), which was created by Congress to prepare for America’s 250th anniversary on July 4th, 2026.

In her research, Busch focuses on the role of civic education in supporting democratic institutions and good governance. She has also done extensive research into evolving conceptions of sex, gender, equality, and feminist thought, and the role those concepts have on public policy. She has published articles, book chapters, and scholarly studies on these subjects and is co-author of Title IX: The Transformation of Sex Discrimination in Education, which explores the non-legislative processes by which the aw has been transformed over five decades, and co-editor of Democracy Revisited: Essays on the American Regime (2009), and Civic Education and the Future of American Citizenship (2012). She is currently working on a number of writing projects focusing on reclaiming what she terms the “Constitutionalist Creed” in an “Anti-Constitutionalist Culture.”

Busch, along with her CAS co-director, has raised over $4 million to support the Center for American Studies, including a prestigious National Endowment for the Humanities “We the People” Challenge Grant in 2008. She was also the 2012 recipient of Christopher Newport University’s Alumni Award for Excellence in Teaching and Mentoring, the University’s most prestigious award given to one faculty member annually.

Just War Theory

Vincent P. Walter Room, Curley Hall, Catholic University of America

Join the IHE for a round-table discussion of Just War Theory and its relevance for foreign policy. Panelists include: Congressman Jerry McNerney Joe Capizzi, Catholic University […]

Join the IHE for a round-table discussion of Just War Theory and its relevance for foreign policy.

Panelists include:

  • Congressman Jerry McNerney
  • Joe Capizzi, Catholic University
  • Eric Patterson, Religious Freedom Institute
  • Paul Miller, Georgetown
  • Melissa Moschella, Catholic University
  • Maryann Cusimano Love, Catholic University
  • Marc Livecche, Providence Magazine

 

What Does Christianity Teach about Politics?

The IHE is proud to co-sponsor Baylor in Washington’s 2022 Summer Workshop. Each summer, Baylor in Washington hosts an academic seminar in our nation’s capital examining […]

The IHE is proud to co-sponsor Baylor in Washington’s 2022 Summer Workshop.

Each summer, Baylor in Washington hosts an academic seminar in our nation’s capital examining key issues at the intersection of faith, ethics, and public policy. These discussion-based seminars are designed for young professionals and rising academics seeking to integrate their beliefs with questions they encounter in their intellectual and professional endeavors. This summer, our seminar is entitled “Political Theology: What Does Christianity Teach About Politics?”

Applications are due May 20 and are available here.

2022 Civitas Dei

The Civitas Dei Summer Fellowship, sponsored by the Institute for Human Ecology at The Catholic University of America and the Thomistic Institute at the Dominican House […]

The Civitas Dei Summer Fellowship, sponsored by the Institute for Human Ecology at The Catholic University of America and the Thomistic Institute at the Dominican House of Studies, offers competitive fellowships for graduate students (and a few advanced undergraduates) in the sciences, humanities, and law. Accepted fellows attend a fully-funded, week-long seminar in Washington, DC where, under the leadership of distinguished scholars, they engage core questions of culture and public life in light of Catholic thought.

More information here.

TBD Events

An Evening with The Lamp

Stay tuned for more information. The date for this event will be decided at a later date.

Stay tuned for more information. The date for this event will be decided at a later date.