The Catholic Enlightenment: The Forgotten History of a Global Movement

A Murphy Institute Roundtable Discussion

Date & Time:

Thursday, November 3, 2016
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM



Free and open to the public. Lunch is complimentary for those who register online.


O'Shaughnessy-Frey Library (LIB 108)

St. Paul campus

Catholics, many claim, are superstitious and traditional, opposed to democracy and gender equality, even hostile to science.  This deeply entrenched perception is the sentiment behind the narrative that Catholic beliefs are incompatible with the ideals of the European Enlightenment. But is this really the case?  

Author and professor Ulrich L. Lehner tells a different story – one in which reform-minded Catholicism engaged Enlightenment ideals with fervor and intellectual gravity.

Join Lehner and faculty from the University of St. Thomas College of Arts and Sciences, David Willard, assistant professor of History, David Foote, associate professor of Catholic Studies, and Meg Wilkes Karraker, professor emeritus of Sociology and Criminal Justice, for a roundtable discussion of Lehner’s pioneering and provocative work. 

‌Ulrich L. Lehner is Professor of Religious History at Marquette University.  A member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts, he has received awards and fellowships from the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, the Notre Dame Institute of Advanced Study, the Earhart Foundation, the Humboldt Foundation, and the Carl Friedrich von Siemens Foundation.  He is the award-winning author of several scholarly works on early modern and modern history of religion. 

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