Dr. Kevin Schmiesing — Marching in Opposite Directions: Religious Liberty, American Past & Present

Dr. Kevin Schmiesing, Research Fellow at the Acton Institute, discusses Catholic politician Al Smith in this excerpt from his talk entitled “Marching in Opposite Directions: Religious Liberty in the American Past and Present”.  Dr. Schmiesing’s talk was part of the Truth, Conscience, and Religious Freedom Conference, sponsored by the Veritas Center for Ethics in Public Life at Franciscan University of Steubenville.

Randy Lee — Thomas More, Dorothy Day, and Janis Joplin, and Religious Pluralism in America

Randy Lee, Professor of Law at Widener University Law School, delivers his talk entitled “Thomas More, Dorothy Day, and Janis Joplin, and the Search for Religious Pluralism in America.”  Professor Lee’s talk was part of the Truth, Conscience, and Religious Freedom Conference, sponsored by the Veritas Center for Ethics in Public Life at Franciscan University of Steubenville.

Stephen P. White — Bruised, Hurting, and Dirty: Catholic Citizenship in the 21st Century

Stephen P. White, Fellow in the Catholic Studies Program at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, delivers his talk entitled “Bruised, Hurting, and Dirty: Catholic Citizenship in the 21st Century.”  Mr. White’s talk was sponsored by the Center for Leadership at Franciscan University of Steubenville.

The Ukrainian Struggle: Freedom with Dignity Over Corruption and Power

By Dr. Alexander R. Sich

In 1998 my family returned to the U.S. from our first home leave overseas, for what eventually ended up being twelve years living and working in Ukraine—including experiencing first-hand Ukraine’s Orange Revolution. News reports in recent days have rekindled memories of our Ukrainian experiences. My own personal recollections lead me to believe that what Ukraine is experiencing now is not, as some outsiders might think, merely a new chapter in an old Cold War struggle between East and West. The protestors are fighting for more than freedom for freedom’s sake, but a freedom with dignity that has been out of reach for far too long.

Read more at Crisis magazine

Master’s Program Commencement Address

Representative Jeff Fortenberry (R-Nebraska) MA ‘96 received an honorary doctorate from Franciscan University at the 2011 commencement for graduate students.  In his address, he exhorts the graduate students to use their education for the betterment of their community and nation.  “Politics is downstream from the culture,” said Rep. Fortenberry, and the culture of death erodes our country since “the strength of a nation depends upon the strength of the family….Where do you want to live?  What sort of community do you want to live in?  Pray for that place, work for that place, fight for that place.”

PODCAST: Download the podcast of this talk here.

Government Comes from Culture, Not Culture from Government

Representative Jeff Fortenberry (R-Nebraska) MA ‘96 received an honorary doctorate from Franciscan University at the 2011 commencement for graduate students.  In his address, he exhorts the graduate students to use their education for the betterment of their community and nation.  “Politics is downstream from the culture,” said Rep. Fortenberry, and the culture of death erodes our country since “the strength of a nation depends upon the strength of the family….Where do you want to live?  What sort of community do you want to live in?  Pray for that place, work for that place, fight for that place.”

Watch the full talk here: Master’s Program Commencement Address.

Rep. Jeff Fortenberry — Master’s Program Commencement Address

Representative Jeff Fortenberry (R-Nebraska) MA ‘96 received an honorary doctorate from Franciscan University at the 2011 commencement for graduate students.  In his address, he exhorts the graduate students to use their education for the betterment of their community and nation.  “Politics is downstream from the culture,” said Rep. Fortenberry, and the culture of death erodes our country since “the strength of a nation depends upon the strength of the family….Where do you want to live?  What sort of community do you want to live in?  Pray for that place, work for that place, fight for that place.”

VIDEO: Watch the video of this talk here.

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