Terrence J. Murphy Institute

for Catholic Thought, Law and Public Policy

Past Events

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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Criminal Law: A Legal Approach to Morality

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Criminal Law Scholar from the Institute of Criminal Law at Warsaw University, Dr. Krzysztof Szczucki, will present his latest research on how the interpretation of criminal law in the constitutional context can be a way to achieve moral clarity in the practice of criminal law.

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Business as an Agent for Social Change: Social Entrepreneurship; Benefit Corporations; and Curing Poverty (part of the Higher Calling Series)

April 24, 2014, Session One: 3-5 p.m., Reception 5-5:30 p.m., Session Two: 5:30-8 p.m.

Part of the Higher Calling series, the Terrence J. Murphy Institute for Catholic Thought, Law, and Public Policy invites you to join us for a two- part interdisciplinary program examining how entrepreneurship and new business models might affect social change.

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Conversations in Feminism, Law, and Religion

Thursday, March 20, 1:15pm - Friday, March 21, 5:30pm

Rev. Elizabeth Eaton, presiding Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, will deliver the keynote address for this groundbreaking two-day conference on the University of St. Thomas St. Paul campus.

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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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Religious Freedom and the Security State

Monday, February 24, 2014

William T. Cavanaugh, Professor of Catholic Studies and Director of the Center for World Catholicism and Intercultural Theology at DePaul University.

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Hot Topics: Cool Talk - Should We Have a Regulated System of Incentives for Living Organ Donations?

Friday, January 31, 2014

Arthur Matas, kidney transplant surgeon and professor at the U of M Medical Center, and Paul Wojda, Prof. of Theology at UST, will offer medical, ethical, and legal considerations to a regulated system of incentives for living organ donations.

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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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Unpacking the Interviews: Pope Francis' Message to the World

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

An informal roundtable analysis of Pope Francis' surprising interviews with faculty panelists Prof. Thomas Berg, Fr. Daniel Griffith, Prof. Charles Reid, and Fr. Reginald Whitt. Prof. Elizabeth Schiltz will moderate the discussion.

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Religious Liberty and the Law: The Perspective of Thomas More as Chief Judge, Philosopher, and Legal Historian

Friday, October 25, 2013

Commemorate the anniversary of Thomas More as "Patron Saint of Statesman and Politicians" with a lunch hour presentation by Dr. Gerard Wegemer, professor of literature at the University of Dallas and the director of the Center for Thomas More Studies. Approved for a Continuing Legal Education Credit.

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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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Thomas More on Ethics, Law, and Liberty

May 31,2013 - June 1, 2013

Invitation only conference held at the University of St. Thomas School of Law in partnership with the Center for Thomas More Studies at the University of Dallas.

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"The Catholic University in the 21st Century"

Thursday, April 18, 2013

"Daring to Be Different" lecture series is co-sponsored with the Center for Catholic Studies, the David and Barbara Koch Endowed Chairs in Business Ethics, the Center for Ethical Business Cultures, the Holloran Center for Ethical Leadership in the Professions, the John A. Ryan Institute for Catholic Social Thought, The University of St. Thomas School of Law, the Terrence J. Murphy Institute for Catholic Thought, Law, and Public Policy, and the Veritas Institute.

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Spring 2013 Symposium: Intellectual Property and Religious Thought

Friday, April 5, 2013

The University of St. Thomas will hold a conference titled “Intellectual Property and Religious Thought,” on April 5, 2013, co-sponsored by the Terrence J. Murphy Institute for Catholic Thought, Law, and Public Policy and The University of St. Thomas Law Journal.

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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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Creating a Dynamic Vision of Catholic Mission and Identity: A University Experience

Monday, October 22, 2012

Catholic Mission Series - Rev. James P. Burns

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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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The Challenges of Mission-focused Leadership at a Catholic University

Thursday, June 14, 2012

John Garvey, President, Catholic University of America

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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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Human Dignity Lecture Series: Paolo Carozza

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Paolo Carozza is an Associate Professor, University of Notre Dame

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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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Is a For-Profit Structure a Viable Alternative for Catholic Health Care Ministry?

Monday, March 26, 2012

A unique forum for dialogue among practitioners, academics and scholars in law, finance, theology and Catholic social teaching

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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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Human Dignity Lecture Series: David Luban

Thursday, October 27, 2011

The Dignifier and the Dignified: Human Dignity from Autonomy to Relations

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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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Spring Disputation: "Can it be morally permissible to assert a falsehood in service of a good cause?"

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Two professors will debate the question “Can it be morally permissible to assert a falsehood in service of a good cause?” in a disputation format. The event is sponsored by the Graduate Program in Catholic Studies and the Murphy Institute for Catholic Thought, Law, and Public Policy.

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The State of Capital Punishment in the U.S. Courts

Monday, March 7, 2011

The event is sponsored by the Terrence J. Murphy Institute for Catholic Thought, Law, and Public Policy.

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Mother Teresa at 100: Reflectons on Why Her Work is Just Beginning

Sunday, January 30, 2011

The Terrence J. Murphy Institute for Catholic Thought, Law, and Public Policy will host Jim Towey on March 30th at 7:30pm in the University of St. Thomas OEC Auditorium. Towey, friend and legal counsel for Mother Teresa will share his perspective on how Mother Teresa's teachings will impact the 21st century.

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Fireside Chat with Federal Judge Ralph Erickson

Friday, January 7, 2011

Judge Erickson discusses the role of his Catholic faith in his work

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Human Dignity Lecture Series: Person and Their Dignity

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Dr. Gilbert Meilaender, an author and noted expert in the field of religious ethics, will discuss “Persons and Their Dignity” in a 7:30 p.m. lecture Thursday, Nov. 11, in the auditorium of the O’Shaughnessy Educational Center on the St. Paul campus of the University of St. Thomas.

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Can (and Should) We Legislate Morality?

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Christopher Wolfe, Marquete University

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Lunch, Literature, and Public Life: George Orwell and Evelyn Waugh

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Sponsored by the Murphy Institute

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Natural Law, God, and Human Dignity

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Dr. Robert George also will receive the Dignitatis Humanae Award, presented by the St. Thomas School of Law.

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“A Muslim-Catholic Dialogue on Faith and Reason”

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Events Sponsored by the Terrence J. Murphy Institute

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“Memo to the President: Priorities for the Common Good”

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Events Sponsored by the Terrence J. Murphy Institute

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“When Health Care Providers Say No: The Conflicts Over Conscience”

Thursday, January 17, 2008

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“Faithful Citizenship: A Catholic Dialogue on Voting”

Friday, January 11, 2008

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“Conversions and Conflict: An Interreligious Discussion on Evangelization”

Monday, January 7, 2008

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“Marriage and Family: Law, Religion and the Meaning of ‘I Do’”

Sunday, January 14, 2007

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