Seminar to be held April 17-19
March 31, 2005

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The Bryan Center for Critical Thought and Practice will present its first seminar April 17-19, examining the question “The Natural Law: Is the Declaration in the Constitution?” The program will be held in Rudd Auditorium at the college.

Dr. Charles Van Eaton, director of the Bryan Center, said the seminar is the first in a series designed to “focus on topics that are at the center of critical national issues. Scholars who are believers and who compete at the highest levels of scholarly inquiry will speak to students and the public, then will be available to answer questions.”

Speakers for the April seminar include:


Professor Douglas W. Kmiec, professor of constitutional law at Pepperdine University, 8 p.m. Sunday, on the topic “The Necessary Compatibility of Natural Law and Originalism.”


Professor Peter Lawler, professor of political theory and chair of the government and international studies department at Berry College, 4 p.m. Monday, on the topic “Putting Locke in a Locke Box: The True Greatness of Our Founders.”


Professor Colleen Sheehan, professor of law and government at Villanova University, 8 p.m. Monday, on the topic “The Gift Outright: Repaying the Legacy of the American Founding.”


Professor Tom West, professor of politics at the University of Dallas, 4 p.m. Tuesday, on the topic “Does America Have a Constitutional or Declaration of Independence Soul?”


Professor F. Russell Hittinger, chairman of the department of philosophy and religion at the University of Tulsa, 8 p.m. Tuesday on the topic “Is Natural Law ‘in’ Human Laws?”

Dr. Van Eaton said the seminars present “a unique opportunity for a Christian liberal arts college that is committed to rigorous academic training. Our students need to see that when they leave this campus, they will be going into a world where God has placed His servants; that they will be carrying on works which He has begun; and, by His grace, they will be doing greater works in the future.”