The Cross Amid the Chaos

This year, the Society of Catholic Social Scientists will award Mary Eberstadt the Pope Pius XI Award, which each year recognizes a scholar whose efforts have contributed to building up a true Catholic social science. Join the IHE, SCSS, and the Catholic University Department of Sociology for Eberstadt’s award reception and lecture, “The Cross Amod the Chaos.”

The event will be held in the Happel Room in Caldwell Hall, followed by a reception.



Mary Eberstadt

Mary Eberstadt holds the Panula Chair in Christian Culture at the Catholic Information Center, and is a Senior Fellow at the Faith and Reason Institute. Her latest book is Primal Screams: How the Sexual Revolution Created Identity Politicswith commentaries by Rod Dreher, Mark Lilla, and Peter Thiel. Other books include It’s Dangerous to Believe (2016)How the West Really Lost God (2013)and Adam and Eve after the Pill (2012). Mrs. Eberstadt’s writing has appeared in many magazines and journals. Her 2010 novel The Loser Lettersabout a young woman in rehab struggling with atheism, was adapted for stage, and premiered at Catholic University in fall 2017. Seton Hall University awarded Mrs. Eberstadt an honorary doctorate in humane letters in 2014. She is married to author Nicholas Eberstadt; they have four children. Updates about her work can be found on her website,

Catherine Pakaluk

Catherine Pakaluk, Ph.D. in Economics, is an IHE Fellow and an Assistant Professor of Economics at the Busch School of Business. Her primary areas of research include economics of education and religion, family studies and demography, Catholic Social Thought and political economy. Dr. Pakaluk is the 2015 recipient of the Acton Institute’s Novak Award, a prize given for “significant contributions to the study of the relationship between religion and economic liberty.”