Terrence J. Murphy Institute

for Catholic Thought, Law and Public Policy

Hot Topics: Cool Talk

The Murphy Institute for Catholic Thought, Law and Public Policy is pleased to present Hot Topics: Cool Talk, a unique series that fearlessly explores Catholic positions and other perspectives on provocative issues of law and politics. This year the series topics will explore the many challenges to religious freedom around the world. Upcoming programs are listed below. To see information and video of past programs click here.

Hot Topics: Cool Talk - "Cross-Border Joint Ventures: Cultural, Business, and Legal Perspectives"

Friday, October 10, 2014

Featuring Siarhei Lukin (Fulbright Scholar, Economics, Belarus State University, Minsk), Dobrina Georgieva (Finance, UST), and Edward Hayward (Partner, Oppenheimer, Wolff, and Donnelly LLP)

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Should Justice or Agape Love Be the Organizing Principle of Civil Law?

Friday, September 19, 2014

Featuring Robert F. Cochran Jr and David VanDrunen as expert speakers and Thomas Berg as moderator.

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RESCHEDULED: What Should Progressives Think About Religious Freedom?

Friday, March 14, 2014

Laura Underkuffler, Cornell Law School, and Thomas Berg, University of St. Thomas School of Law will discuss how far courts should go to make accommodations for religious objectors to social welfare laws and regulations.

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Hot Topics: Cool Talk - "Green Thomism and GMO's"

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

David Andow, Distinguished McKnight University Professor of Insect Ecology at the University of Minnesota, and Christopher Thompson, Academic Dean and Professor of Theology at the St. Paul School of Divinity of the University of St. Thomas, will discuss the environmental policies surrounding Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO’s) from theological and scientific perspectives. Co-sponsored with the Environmental Law Society at the University of St. Thomas School of Law. Co-sponsored with the Environmental Law Society at the University of St. Thomas School of Law.

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Hot Topics: Cool Talk - "Wall Street, the Financial Crisis, and Prosecutorial Underreach: Two Views"

Friday, November 15, 2013

Joe Dixon and Hank Shea, two former Assistant U.S. Attorneys, debate whether prosecutors reached far enough into Wall Street's executive suites to administer justice in the wake of the financial crisis.

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Hot Topics: Cool Talk - "Is Legal Abortion Necessary for Sexual Equality in the United States?"

Friday, October 4, 2013

Gail Bederman, associate professor of U.S. History at the University of Notre Dame and author of "Manliness and Civilization: A Cultural History of Gender and Race in the United States, 1880-1917" (Chicago, 2011) and Erika Bachiochi, legal scholar on American Constitutional Law and feminist legal theory and author of "Embodied Equality: Debunking Equal Protection Arguments for Abortion Rights” (Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy, 34.3 2011).

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Is the Supreme Court Threatening Religious Groups?

Friday, March 8, 2013

Fifth program in the 2012-2013 Hot Topics: Cool Talk discourse series which focuses this year on Religious Liberty issues around the world

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The Romeike Asylum Case: Does Germany's Ban on Homeschooling Count as Religious Persecution?

Friday, November 30, 2012

The Hot Topics:Cool Talk series, which explores Catholic positions and other perspectives on provacative issues of law and policy, focuses this year on the challenges to religious freedom in the United States and around the world.

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The Dangers of Anti-Sharia Laws: Muslim and Catholic Perspectives

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

The Murphy Institute's 2012-2013 Hot Topics: Cool Talk series of discussions, which fearlessly explores Catholic positions and other perspectives on provocative issues of law and politics, will focus this year on the many challenges to religious freedom around the world.

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Vatican II's Declaration on Religious Freedom: The View from Europe

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

The Murphy Institute's first event of the 2012-2013 Hot Topics: Cool Talk series is a special public lecture by Bishop Charles Morerod, OP.

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Vatican II on Religious Freedom: European and American Perspectives

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

The first Hot Topics: Cool Talk luncheon program of the 2012-2013 series

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Hot Topics: Cool Talk - How Should a Catholic Vote?

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Part of the HOT TOPICS: COOL TALK series

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Punishment Theory

Friday, April 20, 2012

Part of the HOT TOPICS: COOL TALK series

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Religious Liberty and the Contraception Coverage Mandate

Monday, April 2, 2012

Part of the HOT TOPICS: COOL TALK series

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Hot Topics: Cool Talk - Immigration Policy

Friday, March 2, 2012

Part of the HOT TOPICS: COOL TALK series

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Hot Topics: Cool Talk - Health Care Reform

Friday, January 27, 2012

Part of the HOT TOPICS: COOL TALK series

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Balancing the Budget

Friday, December 9, 2011

Part of the HOT TOPICS: COOL TALK series

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Embryo Rights and Stem Cell Research

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Part of the HOT TOPICS: COOL TALK series

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Same Sex Marriage Amendment

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Part of the 'Hot Topics: Cool Talk' speaker series

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