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Lisa Schiltz participates in U.S. Convening

Terrence J. Murphy Institute for Catholic Thought, Law, and Public Policy
Elizabeth Schiltz (Professor of Law and Co-Director of the Murphy Institute for Catholic Thought, Law, and Public Policy) was invited to participate in a Convening of U.S. Academic Centers on Catholic Social Thought with Cardinal Peter Turkson, at Georgetown University from May 31 – June 2.
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MPR News Presents

A civil conversation between two people with different viewpoints: liberal Cornel West and conservative Ross Douthat.

West calls for a commitment to what he calls "soul craft." Douthat says we need to live our lives courageously without falling into a "palsy of anxiety and victimization" when bravery and heroism are called for.

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Michael Hollerich
These aren’t easy times on college campuses. Academic blue bloods like Yale, Princeton, and Middlebury find themselves with unwanted publicity over student protests that can seem like the tantrums of spoiled children hell-bent on ruining the fragile thing we call a university.
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Rachel Lu, Senior Contributor at The Federalist
Ross Douthat and Cornel West, despite their differences, shared a thoughtful conversation on politics and culture. Is this something others can replicate?
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Jordan Osterman, Senior Editor, St. Thomas Newsroom

Hundreds of St. Thomas students, faculty and staff, and other community members filled James B. Woulfe Alumni Hall at St. Thomas on Friday to hear Ross Douthat and Dr. Cornel West discuss Christianity and politics in today’s United States. Some 1,100 people watched the prominent intellectuals

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Newsroom, March 3, 2017
Two widely known commentators, New York Times columnist Ross Douthat and professor Dr. Cornel West, will discuss “Christianity and Politics in the United States Today” in a program Friday, April 7, in James B. Woulfe Alumni Hall of Anderson Student Center on the St. Paul campus of the University of St. Thomas.
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Five Observations from public forum on race, police cohosted by Murphy Institute and Holloran Center at St. Thomas School of Law

Newsroom - Patty Petersen

It’s been a rough year. In the last few months, five police officers were killed in Dallas, and closer to home, Jamar Clark and Philando Castile were killed by law enforcement officers. Sometimes it’s hard to find common ground when tensions run high. To address the sometimes contentious relationship between police officers and people of color, the University of St. Thomas School of Law held a forum Sept. 14.

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Jon Tevlin

It was a raw discussion between people who are often at odds. It was about race, responsibility, privilege and trust, and it was about the most contentious and critical issue in the Twin Cities for the past two years.

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Elizabeth Schiltz

I am not a Con Law scholar, and have not spent as much time as my colleagues analyzing Justice Scalia's writing.  I knew him only as the spouse of one of his clerks.  In that vein, here are the memories I shared with our student newspaper, and a picture of my husband and me paying our respects at the Supreme Court yesterday.

 

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Thomas C. Berg

In May 1995, a group of nearly 200 religious leaders of multiple faiths issued a sharp statement calling for reversal of the U.S. Patent Office’s recent decision to issue patents on portions of the human genome and on several genetically engineered animals (most notably, a laboratory mouse especially susceptible to cancer). “[H]umans and animals are creations of God, not [of] humans,” the statement said, “and as such should not be patented as human inventions.”1

Fast forward 20 years.

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At Workshop in Rome

Helen Clarke Ebert

At the conclusion of a year that has seen equal pay and parental leave emerge as major topics of national conversation in the United States, University of St. Thomas School of Law Professor Elizabeth Schiltz was invited to Rome to present her work on mothers in the workplace for the Pontifical Council for the Laity’s International Study Seminar, “Women and Work.”

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Scalia Visits Law School

Helen Clarke Ebert

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia emphasized the importance of the Catholic law school environment during a visit to the University of St. Thomas School of Law on Oct. 20, 2015.

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Morgan Fuller

Jill Martinez

Morgan Fuller, a UST dual degree (Law and Catholic Studies) student and a scholar at The Terrence J. Murphy Institute for Catholic Thought, Law and Public Policy, was selected by the Paul Ramsey Institute (PRI) in California for a bioethics fellowship. The PRI encourages emerging leaders to advance biotechnology and bioethical research that are grounded in moral responsibility.

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Perspectives Magazine and St. Thomas Newsroom, July 2015

The Murphy Institute sponsored a faculty roundtable discussion of Thomas Piketty’s recent book, Capital in the Twenty-First Century, in order to bring its argument into dialogue with the social teaching of the Catholic Church. Four professors from the University of St. Thomas – Mariana Hernandez Crespo (School of Law), Matthew Kim (Economics Department, College of Arts and Sciences), Daryl Koehn (Business Ethics Department, Opus College of Business) and Robert Kennedy (Catholic Studies) – took up this task from different standpoints and disciplines.

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Kate Norlander

Minnesota native and St. Thomas graduate John A. Ryan is one of the most prominent moral theologians and advocates for social justice in the history of the Church. During most of his lifetime, he advanced social reforms such as a minimum wage, unemployment insurance, the income tax, eight-hour work days, restrictions on child labor, protections for labor unions, and public ownership of mines, forests and utilities.

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Newsroom disability article

Elizabeth Schiltz

Issues of the just and fair treatment of people with developmental disabilities have been on my radar screen all of my life. I have an older brother with developmental disabilities, so I grew up watching my parents’ struggles to secure a decent education and employment for him. Almost 20 years ago, my son was born with developmental disabilities, so I’ve applied the lessons learned from watching my parents to my legal training to do the same for him.

In the 30 or so years between the birth of my brother and the birth of my son, there is no question that the legal protections for and social attitudes toward people with developmental disabilities have improved. 

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Joseph Grodahl Biever

When Catholic Studies and the Terrence J. Murphy Institute for Catholic Thought, Law and Public Policy gave me the opportunity to be the first intern to work with the Caritas in Veritate Foundation, an organization that provides research support for the Catholic voice in Geneva, it was an easy decision, even if it meant putting off the bar exam. Primarily, I worked alongside the brilliant, faithful and joyful men and women at the diplomatic mission of the Holy See to the United Nations in Geneva. 

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St. Thomas Newsroom

Author and professor Dr. William Cavanaugh will discuss “Religious Freedom and the Security State” in a 7 p.m. lecture Monday, Feb. 24, in the auditorium of the O’Shaughnessy Educational Center on the St. Paul campus of the University of St. Thomas.

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Newsroom

Two legal scholars, one a Muslim and the other a Catholic, will discuss anti-Sharia laws at the next “Hot Topics: Cool Talk” forum, which will be held 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23, in the O’Shaughnessy Educational Center auditorium on the St. Paul campus of the University of St. Thomas.

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University of St. Thomas Newsroom

A famous philosopher once said that it is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.

In this election season, voters are polarized by a host of emotionally charged issues that include same-sex marriage, threats to religious liberty, immigration, health-care reform, taxation, government spending and life issues such as contraception, abortion, embryo rights and stem cell research.

 

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St. Thomas Newsroom

The University of St. Thomas has announced the creation of the Terrence  J. Murphy Institute for Catholic Thought, Law and Public Policy.

The new institute is named for the late Monsignor Terrence Murphy,  who served the university for 50 years, including 25 years as  its president. Murphy was the university’s chancellor when he died Feb. 25. His 2001 book, A Catholic University: Vision and Opportunities, emphasized the themes of teaching religious and ethical values, ecumenism  and openness to those of all faiths and cultures; service; recognizing and meeting community needs; and an entrepreneurial spirit.

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