Terrence J. Murphy Institute

for Catholic Thought, Law and Public Policy

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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Young V United Parcel Services

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Expert panelists analyze the oral arguments made in the Young v. United Parcel Service Supreme Court case considering pregnancy discrimination.

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"Capital in the Twenty-First Century" and Economic Justice: A UST Roundtable Discussion

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Featuring Mariana Hernandez Crespo (UST School of Law), Matthew Kim (UST Economics), Daryl Koehn (UST Business Ethics), Robert Kennedy (UST Catholic Studies). Billy Junker, UST Catholic Studies and Co-Director of the Terrence J. Murphy Institute for Catholic Thought, Law, and Public Policy will moderate the discussion.

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Hot Topics: Cool Talk "Nuclear Disarmament"

Friday, February 13, 2015

"Un-Nuke Now!: Should We Heed the Pope's Call?" UST law professor, Robert Delahunty, and his former student, Joseph Grodahl Biever, will discuss the Catholic church's position on the possession and use of atomic weapons and debate how the U.S. should respond to the Pope's call--even if other world powers won't cooperate.

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Hot Topics: Cool Talk “Disarmament”

Friday, February 13, 2015

Hot Topics: Cool Talk “Disarmament” with Prof. Robert Delahunty (UST Law) and Joseph Grodahl Biever (Murphy Student Scholar)

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Steven Justice

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

There is a widespread assumption that intellectual inquiry is often hampered by religious belief. On this view, the religious believer must bracket her faith when she engages in intellectual inquiry. But is this widespread assumption true? In this lecture, Professor Steven Justice will argue for an alternative way of understanding religious belief in relation to intellectual inquiry in the humanities, sciences, and law.

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United Nations Service-Learning Component of Spring 2015 International Law and Catholic Social Thought course.

March 15-20, 2015

Students will attend the second (and final) week of the 59th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women from March 15-20, 2015 at United Nations Headquarters in New York, as part of their International Law and Catholic Social Thought course.

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Magnificent Magnificat: J.S. Bach Interpreting the Canticle of Mary

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

An evening with Fr. Michael Joncas, internationally renown liturgical composer and now University of St. Thomas artist-in-residence will give a lecture on the Canticle of Mary.

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