Paul Kengor is the author of A Pope and a President: John Paul II, Ronald Reagan, and the Extraordinary Untold Story of the 20th Century. During the event, he will speak as well as sign copies of his books.

Reception to follow.

Location: Saint John Paul II Auditorium of the John Paul II National Shrine.


October 19, 2017
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
John Paul II National Shrine
3900 Harewood Rd NE
Washington, DC 20017 United States



(WASHINGTON, D.C.) While there are many emerging questions in America’s current political landscape, one consistently rises to the top: Who is better positioned to make decisions about how particular communities thrive — the federal government or the communities themselves?

U.S. Rep. Francis Rooney of Florida will address how subsidiarity can serve as a guiding principle for communities at “Subsidiarity in Politics, Culture, and Economy,” a symposium hosted by the new Institute for Human Ecology at The Catholic University of America this fall.

Joseph Capizzi, executive director of the Institute for Human Ecology, remarked, “A longstanding principle of Catholic social teaching is the idea that society should be organized around different levels of communities in order for people to thrive.”

Rooney, who formerly served as the Ambassador to the Holy See from 2005 to 2008, will be joined by the following panelists:

  • Joseph Capizzi, executive director, The Institute for Human Ecology at The Catholic University of America.
  • David Cloutier, associate professor of moral theology and ethics, The Catholic University of America, is the author of The Vice of Luxury: Economic Excess in a Consumer Age.
  • Bradley Lewis, associate professor of philosophy, The Catholic University of America, writes and comments on politics and the common good.
  • Andreas Widmer, director, Ciocca Center for Principled Entrepreneurship, The Catholic University of America.

This event is free and open to the public. Attendees should R.S.V.P. to or 202-319-5892.

Members of the media are invited to attend the lecture, or watch it via live stream. It will take place October 23, 2017, at 1:30 p.m. in Heritage Hall on the Catholic University campus (620 Michigan Ave. N.E., Washington, D.C.).

MEDIA: To schedule an interview or attend the event, contact the Office of Marketing and Communications at or 202-319-5600.


October 23, 2017
1:30 pm
McGivney Hall’s Keane Auditorium at The Catholic University of America
620 Michigan Ave. N.E.
Washington, DC United State



Presented by Prof. Joseph Capizzi

Prof. Capizzi will present this lecture, co-sponsored by the Tech Catholic Community and the Graduate Student Council, at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology on Thursday, October 26 at 6 p.m. in Room 3-270. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Prof. Joseph Capizzi is an Ordinary Professor of Moral Theology at the Catholic University of America and the Executive Director of the Institute for Human Ecology. He is the author of Politics, Justice, and War: Christian Governance and the Ethics of Warfare and the co-editor of A Catechism for Business: Tough Ethical Questions and Insights from Catholic Teaching.


October 26, 2017
6:00 pm
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
77 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02139 United States


Double Lives & Moral Lives

Posted by The Institute for Human Ecology on Monday, October 30, 2017

Can ethics and intelligence coexist? Join the Institute for Human Ecology for a symposium on ethical issues faced by U.S. intelligence as it confronts myriad global challenges. The symposium features CIA veterans and renowned intelligence experts from various perspectives.


Michael V. Hayden

Michael V. Hayden is a retired United States Air Force four-star general and former Director of the National Security Agency, Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence, and Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. Hayden currently co-chairs the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Electric Grid Cyber Security Initiative. In 2017, Hayden became a national security analyst for CNN.






David E. Hoffman

David E. Hoffman is a contributing editor at The Washington Post. He covered the White House during the presidencies of Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Busch, and was subsequently diplomatic correspondent and Jerusalem correspondent. From 1995 to 2001, he served as Moscow Bureau Chief, and later as Foreign Editor and Assistant Managing Editor for Foreign News. Hoffman is the author of the acclaimed book, The Billion Dollar Spy, about how the CIA handled a major espionage case that proved very valuable for US national security.


V. Sue Bromley

Sue Bromley is a former Executive Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, serving as the Agency’s number three official from 2011 to 2014.  She had previously served as the Deputy Director for Intelligence, the position in charge of all the Agency’s analysts.

Ms. Bromley joined CIA in 1983 as a cartographer and then became an analyst in the Crime and Narcotics Center.  She built an extraordinary record of achievement in many senior positions across the Agency.  In the operations directorate, she headed the resources staff that worked with Congress and the White House to manage the Agency’s increase funding after the 9/11 attacks to support CIA’s global counterterrorism operations.  She served as deputy director of the Counterterrorism Center, helping to direct crucial analysis and operations.  In 2009, she became CIA’s Chief Financial Officer, overseeing all financial management and procurement for CIA operations and programs.

Ms. Bromley is the creator of and Senior Facilitator for The Director’s Seminar, an intensive, six-month CIA program designed for senior officers who have the potential for the senior-most level of the Agency.  It is the Agency’s most advanced leadership development program and incorporates government and private sector best practices.  Since her retirement from the agency in 2014, she has continued to facilitate the Seminar and do volunteer work.


Jamil Jaffer

Jamil N. Jaffer is the Founder of National Security Institute and currently serves as an Adjunct Professor of Law and Director of the National Security Law & Policy Program at the Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University, where he teaches classes on counterterrorism, intelligence, surveillance, cybersecurity, and other national security matters. Jamil is also a Visiting Fellow at the Hoover Institution and is affiliated with Stanford University’s Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC).


Nicholas Dujmovic

Nicholas Dujmovic is the director of the Intelligence Studies Program at The Catholic University of America.  After service in the US Coast Guard, he joined CIA in 1990 as an analyst on the USSR and East Europe, and later was a speechwriter for the Director of Central Intelligence, editor of the President’s Daily Brief, and a manager of analysts.  He received his Ph.D. in 1996 from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.  Dr. Dujmovic was CIA staff historian for 11 years before his retirement from federal service in 2016.  He worked on classified studies of clandestine operations, including the hunt for Bin Ladin.  His unclassified work on Agency operations and culture has appeared in several intelligence journals and anthologies, and Yale University published his collection of quotations on intelligence and espionage, The Literary Spy.  Dr. Dujmovic has taught at the US Coast Guard Academy and at American University’s School of International Service.  He is a deacon of the Orthodox Church in America.


November 8, 2017
5:15 pm – 7:00 pm
Heritage Hall, Fr. O’Connell Hall at The Catholic University of America
620 Michigan Ave NE
Washington, DC 20064 United States


Presented by Margarita Mooney

Margarita Mooney, IHE Fellow and Associate Professor of Practical Theology at Princeton Theological Seminary, will present Creating Resilient Communities: The Necessity of Theology for Social Science on Monday, November 13 at 4:30 p.m. in the Happel Room of Caldwell Hall.

Dr. Margarita Mooney is an associate professor of theology at Princeton Theological Seminary. Her areas of expertise include Philosophy of Social Science, Religious and Social Theory, and Religious and Immigration.

November 13, 2017
4:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Happel Room of Caldwell Hall at The Catholic University of America
620 Michigan Ave NE
Washington, DC 20064 United States


Dr. Angier teaches in the areas of Ancient Philosophy, Ethical and Political Theory, and Post-Kantian Philosophy.  He is currently Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Cape Town in South Africa.   He holds a BA from Trinity College, Cambridge, an MPhil from University College, London, and PhDs from Clare College, Cambridge and the University of Toronto.  Dr. Angier’s books include Techne in Aristotle’s Ethics (Continuum, 2010), Either Kierkegaard / Or Nietzsche: Moral Philosophy in a New Key (Ashgate, 2006).  He has edited four other books and authored more than nine articles and book chapters. Reception to follow. To request special accommodations for individuals with disabilities, please call (202) 319-5683.


November 14, 2017
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Gowan Auditorium (Gowan 126) at The Catholic University of America
620 Michigan Ave NE
Washington, DC 20064 United States


This past January, the question of pro-life participation in the Women’s March on Washington generated significant interest on our campus.  With the full support of the University, large numbers of our students annually participate in the March for Life.  This year, many of our students participated in both the Women’s March on Washington and the March for Life.  A lot of people, pro-life and pro-choice alike, see no contradiction in the notion that one can be both pro-life and a feminist, but others on both sides of the debate do see a contradiction.

The Institute for Human Ecology is hosting a panel discussion with women representing a different perspective on this issue, in the hopes of shedding light on some emerging questions.

Panelists include:

  • Destiny Herndon-De La Rosa, New Wave Feminists
  • Megan Klein-Hattori, University of Massachusetts
  • Robin Marty, co-authored Crow After Roe: How Women’s Health Is the New “Separate But Equal” and How to Change That
  • Pamela Merritt, Reproaction
  • Aimee MurphyLife Matters Journal
  • Cessilye Smith, Doulas for Life
  • Angela KnobelModerator, The Catholic University of America


Join the conversation



For questions, please email or call 202-319-5892.

April 10th, 2017
4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center, Great Room B
620 Michigan Ave. N.E.
District of Columbia