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Murphy Institute to hold Oct. 25 event highlighting impact of St. Thomas More

Published on: Wednesday, August 7, 2013

On October 31, 2000, Pope John Paul II published an Apostolic Letter declaring Thomas More "Patron Saint of Stateman and Politicians."

Join the Murphy Institute Friday, Oct. 25 as it commemorates the anniversary of this proclamation with a one-hour presentation by Dr. Gerard Wegemer titled; "Religions Liberty and the Law: The Perspective of Thomas More as Chief Judge, Philosopher, and legal Historian. The program, which runs from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., will be held in UST Law Room 235.

Dr. Gerard B. Wegemer is professor of literature at the University of Dallas and since 2000 the founding director of the Center for Thomas More Studies. (See Among his publications are Young Thomas More and the Arts of Liberty(Cambridge University Press, 2011), Thomas More’s Trial by Jury: A Procedural and Legal Review (Boydell Publishers, 2011), A Thomas More Source Book (2008), Thomas More on Statesmanship (1996), and Thomas More: A Portrait of Courage (1995).

He is currently editing a paperback series of Thomas More's major works and concordances to More’s complete works. He has served as an editor and member of the Research Committee for Moreana, the international journal on Thomas More and his times. He has written articles on Thomas More, Shakespeare, Renaissance humanism and its classical sources, and he has given many CLE presentations on Thomas More and the law. Wegemer has master's degrees in political philosophy and in literature from Boston College and Georgetown University, and a doctorate in English literature from the University of Notre Dame.

Application will be made for a one-hour CLE credit.

This program is free and open to the public.

Click here for additional event information.

The Terrence J. Murphy Institute for Catholic Thought, Law and Public Policy is a collaboration between the Center for Catholic Studies and the School of Law at the University of St. Thomas. The institute explores the various interactions between law and Catholic thought on topics ranging from workers' rights to criminal law to marriage and family.

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