11/6/18: The Crisis of Liberalism: Christianity and Politics in the 21st Century
Featuring Patrick Deneen
In light of the increasing tensions apparent in liberal societies, is liberalism an inherently contradictory system whose success generates its own downfall?
Patrick Deneen elaborates on the argument of his new book “Why Liberalism Failed” and Vincent Phillip Muñoz responds.
Schedule of events:
5:30 p.m. Doors open for drinks
6:00 p.m. Lecture begins
7:00 p.m. Conclusion of program
Patrick J. Deneen is Professor of Political Science and holds the David A. Potenziani Memorial Chair of Constitutional Studies at the University of Notre Dame.
Vincent Phillip Muñoz is the Tocqueville Associate Professor of Religion & Public Life in the Department of Political Science at the University of Notre Dame.
2/8/19: Catholicism After 2018: Is the Benedict Option Our Only Option?
Featuring George Weigel, James Keating & Lee Oser
What are the merits–and demerits–of the so-called “Benedict Option,” especially in light of the 2018 scandals in the Catholic Church? To what extent do the conditions of the Church today necessitate some sort of Benedict Option–a tactical retreat from the world in favor of intentional communities of faith? Join for a conversation between George Weigel (Ethics and Public Policy Center), James Keating (Providence College), and Lee Oser (novelist, College of the Holy Cross). Part of the Portsmouth Institute’s Catholicism & Culture Symposia Series, the panelists will consider Catholic education, Catholic art, and the future of the Church in relation to the Benedict Option.
5:30 pm: Doors open for reception
6:00 – 7:30 pm: Presentations and Q&A
219 Benefit St
Providence, RI 02903
Complimentary Valet Parking Provided
(University Club dress code)R
George Weigel, Distinguished Senior Fellow of the Ethics and Public Policy Center, is a Catholic theologian and one of America’s leading public intellectuals. He holds EPPC’s William E. Simon Chair in Catholic Studies.
Lee Oser is a novelist and professor of religion and literature at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass. Professor Oser has published three books of literary criticism and three novels, most recently Oregon Confetti, named by Commonweal Magazine as one of its top books of 2017.
James Keating is the Director of the Providence College Humanities Program and an associate professor of theology at Providence College.
Fr. Bernard Healey is Pastor of Our Lady of Mercy Church and Director of the Rhode Island Catholic Conference.