Hot Topics: Cool Talk

Hot Topics: Cool Talk is a unique series that fearlessly explores Catholic positions and other perspectives on provocative issues of law and politics.  Upcoming and past programs are listed below. Most programs are videotaped and can be viewed by clicking on the link found in the event listing under past programs.   If approved, Continuing Legal Education event codes are listed on the event site, too.

 

 

Hot Topics: Cool Talk Series Upcoming Events

Hot Topics: Cool Talk Series Past Events

Apr 13 2018

					Hot Topics: Cool Talk - Should the U.S. Tax System Be Used as a Tool to Address Income Inequality?

Friday, April 13, 2018, 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Scott Taylor, distinguished fellow at the School of Law, and Robert Kennedy, prof. of Catholic Studies, debate whether the U.S. tax code ought to be used as a tool to address income inequality. Read More

Mar 01 2018

					Hot Topics: Cool Talk - Should We Take Mission Trips Off The Bucket List?

Thursday, March 1, 2018, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Theologians John O'Keefe and Gerald Schlabach share ideas for how to pack for an ethically responsible mission trip. Read More

Nov 16 2017

					Hot Topics: Cool Talk - Should Medicaid Be Converted to a Block-Grant Program?

Thursday, November 16, 2017, 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Lucas Swanepoel, Sr. Director Government Affairs Catholic Charities USA, and David Vang, Prof. of Finance, University of St. Thomas Opus College of Business, debate Medicaid block-granting. Read More

Sep 26 2017

					Hot Topics: Cool Talk - What Should We Do About Confederate Monuments?

Tuesday, September 26, 2017, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Deans Robert Vischer (School of Law) and Yohuru Williams (College of Arts and Sciences) will tackle the complex issues presented in the national debate over the fate of Confederate monuments. Read More

Sep 25 2017

					Hot Topics: Cool Talk - What Should We Do About Confederate Monuments?

Monday, September 25, 2017, 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Deans Robert Vischer (School of Law) and Yohuru Williams (College of Arts and Sciences) will tackle the complex issues presented in the national debate over the fate of Confederate monuments. Read More

Apr 07 2017

					Christianity and Politics in the U.S. Today: A Conversation with Ross Douthat and Cornel West

Friday, April 7, 2017, 5:45 PM - 8:30 PM Friday, April 7; Reception 5:45 p.m., Program 6:45 p.m.

Video of this remarkable event is now (finally!) available. Click on the link below to view it. Read More

Feb 27 2017

					Will the Executive Orders on Immigration Hold Up in Court?

Monday, February 27, 2017, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

University of St. Thomas General Counsel and law professors form a panel to explore the implications and legality of President Trump's executive orders on immigration. Read More

Oct 10 2016

					If the U.S. supported women, children, and families more fully - as they do in Europe - should elective abortion be further restricted?

Monday, October 10, 2016, 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Charlie Camosy and Robin Marty debate further abortion restrictions. Read More

Mar 18 2016

					Immigration Reform: Economic and Pastoral Perspectives

Friday, March 18, 2016, 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Immigration Reform: Economic and Pastoral Perspectives is part of The St. Thomas Law Journal Spring 2016 Symposium examining the legal, moral, and issues surrounding sanctuary cities. Read More

Feb 26 2016

					70x7 Times? On Hate Speech and Forgiveness

Friday, February 26, 2016, 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Robert Kahn and Kimberly Vrudny will explore legal and theological approaches to hate speech. Read More

Nov 16 2015

					Celebrating the Jubilee Year of Mercy

Monday, November 16, 2015, 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Reverend Larry J. Snyder, Vice President for Mission at the University of St. Thomas, will offer insights into how we might celebrate the Pope Francis' Extraordinary Holy Year of Mercy. Read More

Oct 27 2015

					Is Physician Assisted Suicide an Act of Mercy?

Tuesday, October 27, 2015, 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Featuring Jennifer Lahl, RN, MA, and Pres. of The Center for Bioethics and Culture Network, and Dr. David Mayo, prof.of Phil. and board member of the Death with Dignity Political Action Fund. Read More

Sep 25 2015

					Federal Narcotics Sentences: Too High?

Friday, September 25, 2015, 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Featuring Hon. Richard Sullivan, Federal Judge for the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, and UST professor of law, Mark Osler. Read More

Apr 14 2015

					The Architecture of an Apology

Tuesday, April 14, 2015, 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Featuring Dr. Mahmoud El-Kati, professor emeritus of history at Macalester College and Dr. Kimberly Vrudny, associate professor of theology at the University of St. Thomas. Read More

Apr 10 2015

					Should Executive Clemency Play a Regular Operational Role in the Criminal Justice System?

Friday, April 10, 2015, 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Featuring Margaret Love and Mark Osler (UST Law) Read More

Feb 13 2015

					Un-Nuke Now! Should We Heed the Pope's Call?

Friday, February 13, 2015, 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

UST law professor, Robert Delahunty, and his former student, Joseph Grodahl Biever, will discuss the Catholic Church's position on the possession and use of atomic weapons. Read More

Jan 23 2015

					Just Wages: Catholic Social Thought and Economic Perspectives

Friday, January 23, 2015, 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Professors will engage in a vigorous dialogue on the role of government in securing just wages for workers in light of Gospel teaching. Read More

Oct 10 2014

					Cross-Border Joint Ventures: Cultural, Business, and Legal Perspectives

Friday, October 10, 2014, 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

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

Sep 19 2014

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

Friday, September 19, 2014, 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

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

Mar 14 2014

					RESCHEDULED: What Should Progressives Think About Religious Freedom?

Friday, March 14, 2014, 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Laura Underkuffler and Thomas Berg will discuss how far courts should go to make accommodations for religious objectors to social welfare laws and regulations. Read More

Jan 31 2014

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

Friday, January 31, 2014, 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Arthur Matas, prof. & kidney transplant surgeon (U of M) and Paul Wojda (UST Theo.) will offer medical, ethical, and legal considerations to a regulated system of incentives for living organ donations Read More

Dec 03 2013

					Green Thomism and Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO's)

Tuesday, December 3, 2013, 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Professors will discuss the environmental policies surrounding Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO’s) from theological and scientific perspectives. Read More

Nov 15 2013

					Wall Street, the Financial Crisis, and Prosecutorial Underreach: Two Views

Friday, November 15, 2013, 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

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. Read More

Oct 04 2013

					Is Legal Abortion Necessary for Sexual Equality in the United States?

Friday, October 4, 2013, 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Professors and professionals argue constitutional Law and feminist legal theory and author of "Embodied Equality: Debunking Equal Protection Arguments for Abortion Rights” Read More

Mar 08 2013

					Is the Supreme Court Threatening Religious Groups?

Friday, March 8, 2013, 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

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

Nov 30 2012

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

Friday, November 30, 2012, 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

It will explore 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. Read More

Oct 23 2012

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

Tuesday, October 23, 2012, 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

They explored 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. Read More

Sep 26 2012

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

Wednesday, September 26, 2012, 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM

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. Read More

Sep 25 2012

					Vatican II on Religious Freedom: European and American Perspectives

Tuesday, September 25, 2012, 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

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

May 03 2012

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

Thursday, May 3, 2012, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Part of the HOT TOPICS: COOL TALK series Read More

Apr 20 2012

					Punishment Theory

Friday, April 20, 2012, 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Part of the HOT TOPICS: COOL TALK series Read More

Apr 02 2012

					Religious Liberty and the Contraception Coverage Mandate

Monday, April 2, 2012, 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Part of the HOT TOPICS: COOL TALK series Read More

Mar 02 2012

					Immigration Policy

Friday, March 2, 2012, 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Part of the HOT TOPICS: COOL TALK series Read More

Jan 27 2012

					Health Care Reform

Friday, January 27, 2012, 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Part of the HOT TOPICS: COOL TALK series Read More

Dec 09 2011

					Balancing the Budget

Friday, December 9, 2011, 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Part of the HOT TOPICS: COOL TALK series Read More

Nov 16 2011

					Embryo Rights and Stem Cell Research

Wednesday, November 16, 2011, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Part of the HOT TOPICS: COOL TALK series Read More

Oct 13 2011

					Same Sex Marriage Amendment

Thursday, October 13, 2011, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

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