MARCH 12–14

We are pleased to announce that John Zmirak, Ph.D., will be our keynote speaker. In the past two years, this longtime Catholic apologist and commentator has been addressing pathologies that he has identified among professed orthodox Catholics—and offering sharp critiques. Come hear him explain what he thinks is wrong with the “Catholic subculture,” and what would make it right.

The Zmirak lecture will be held in the Knott Auditorium on Saturday, March 14th, at 1:00 pm. The lecture is free for conference registrants, but a $20 fee will be charged to the general public (collected at the door).

Conference registration is $150, which includes meals and panel attendance. If you are interested in registering for the conference, please contact Peter Haworth.


Thursday, March 12th (Horning Hospitality Suite)

  • 5:00 – 5:45 pm: Cocktails and Greeting
  • 5:45 – 7:30 pm: Dinner
    • John Larrivee, Mount Saint Mary’s University (“How Different Views of the Human Condition Shape Economic Theory and Social Theory about Economic Phenomena: Lessons from the 20th Century Economic Experiments”)

Friday, March 13th (O’Hara Dining Room)

  • 9:00 – 10:30 am: Political Pursuits of the Good
    • Dennis Durst, Kentucky Christian University (“Social Reform and Hereditary Criminals”)
    • Erik Root, West Liberty University (“Grant and Slavery”)
    • Jack Kerwick, Ph.D., College Professor and Public Intellectual (TBA)
  • 10:45 am – 12:15 pm: Religion, Patriotism, Traditionalism, and Liberalism
    • John Wilsey, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (“Civil Religion, Exceptionalism, and Patriotism”)
    • Jerry Salyer, Bellarmine University (“What is Patriotism?: Propositional Versus Traditionalist Perspectives”)
    • Peter Haworth, Ciceronian Society (“The Liberal Skeptic’s Dilemma”)
  • 12:15 – 1:45 pm: Lunch (MSM Cafeteria)
  • 2:00 – 3:30 pm: The Political Philosophy of Harry V. Jaffa: Should Equality Be Viewed as the Fundamental Conservative Principle?
    • Jason Jividin, St. Vincent College
    • Paul Gottfried, Elizabethtown College, Emeritus
    • Ken Masugi, Ashland University
  • 3:45 – 5:15 pm: Political Theology, Biblical Interpretation, and Philosophy
    • Annie Lefler, University of Scranton (“Kant’s Treatment of the Sublime”)
    • Nathan Lefler, University of Scranton (“Naming God’s Language: Theological Implications of the Use of Acrostic as a Structural Device in Some Proverbs and Psalms”)
    • James Patterson, James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions,
      Princeton University (“‘He That Hath Ears, Let Him Hear’: Religious Political Foundations and American Political Development”)
  • Dinner: On Own

Saturday, March 14th

  • 8:45 – 10:15 am (O’Hara): Aristocracy, Medieval History, and Religious Liberty
    • Ethan Alexander-Davey, University of Virginia (“Aristocracy and Modernity”)
    • William Batchelder, Waynesburg University (“Philip Rieff’s Concept of Charisma: Some Applications in Medieval Hagiography”)
    • Macon Boczek, Kent State University (“John Courtney Murray’s Arguments for Religious Liberty”) (Remarks presented by Peter Haworth)
  • 10:30 am – 12:00 pm (O’Hara): American Political Thought
    • Joseph Postell, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs (“The Controlling Power of Organization: Constitutional Conservatism and Parties as Republican Organizations”)
    • Joseph Devaney, East Georgia State College (“Same-Sex Marriage, Federalism, and the Court: Current and Coming Case Law”)
    • Joshua Bowman, Catholic University of America (“Thoreau and the Environmental Imagination”)
  • 12:00 – 1:00 pm: Lunch (MSM Cafeteria)
  • 1:00 – 3:00 pm (Auditorium): Keynote
    • Keynote Speaker — John Zmirak
      (“The Myth of Catholic Social Teaching, Illiberal Catholicism, The Shame of the Catholic Subculture”)
  • 3:15 – 4:45 pm (Auditorium): Wendell Berry, Bob Dylan, and Aristotle
    • Sean Lewis, Mount Saint Mary’s University (“Things Divine in Wendell Berry’s Hannah Coulter: Bringing the Epic to the Farm”)
    • Jeff Taylor, Dordt College (“The Politics of Bob Dylan”)
    • Gregory Sadler, Marist College (“Anger’s Importance in the Aristotelian Tradition of Moral Theory”) (Remarks presented by Christopher Anadale)
  • 4:45 – 5:15 pm: Cocktails (Location TBA)
  • 5:30 – 7:30 pm: Dinner (O’Hara)
    • Speaker: Dean Joshua Hochschild, Mount Saint Mary’s University


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