Past Events

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.