Terrence J. Murphy Institute

for Catholic Thought, Law and Public Policy

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

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.

Date/Time

Friday, October 25, 2013
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Location

Room 244, School of Law

University of St. Thomas, Minneapolis Campus


Cost

Free and open to the public. Application will be made for one CLE credit. Complimentary lunch for those who pre-register.

Co-sponsored with the St. Thomas More Society


Register HERE

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

Join the St. Thomas More Society and the Murphy Institute as it commemorates the anniversary of this proclamation with lunch and a one-hour presentation by Dr. Gerard Wegemer titled:  "Religious Liberty and the Law:  The Perspective of Thomas More as Chief Judge, Philosopher, and Legal Historian."  The lecture and lunch follow the regularly scheduled noon Mass in the St. Thomas More Chapel--all are welcome to attend.   

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 www.thomasmorestudies.org.)  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.

Approved for a one-hour CLE credit (Minnesota Board of Continuing Legal Education Event Code: 184533

 

 

In the 16th century, St. Thomas More gave up his political position as the second most powerful person in the English realm rather than concede to Henry VIII's demand for an oath to supremacy of the crown. In 2000, Pope John Paul II declared More the "heavenly patron of statesmen and politicians."