Natural Law: Is the Declaration in the Constitution?

Sunday, April 17, 2005

8:00 p.m., Professor Douglas W. Kmiec, Professor of Constitutional Law and Caruso Family Chair in Constitutional Law, Pepperdine University School of Law. Former dean and St. Thomas More Professor of Law at The Catholic University of America and for two decades Professor of Law at the University of Notre Dame. Kmiec served Presidents Reagan and George H.W. Bush as constitutional legal counsel.

Monday, April 18, 2005

4:00 p.m., Professor Peter Lawler, Dana Professor of Political Theory and Chair of the Government and International Studies Department, Berry College, Rome, Ga. Dr. Lawler has written or edited nine books. His Aliens in America: The Strange Truth about Our Souls, is a featured selection of Booklist, the journal of the American Library Association. His basic introductory text, American Political Rhetoric, is used in many colleges and universities.

8:00 p.m., Professor Colleen Sheehan is Professor of Law and Government, Villanova University, and has served in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. She is the co-editor of Friends of the Constitution: Writings of the Other Federalists 1787-1788 and author of numerous articles on the American founding and eighteenth century political and moral thought which have appeared in journals such as the William and Mary Quarterly, American Political Science Review and, Persuasions: The Jane Austen Journal. She is currently working on a book on the political thought of James Madison.

Tuesday, April 19, 2005

4:00 p.m., Professor Tom West, Professor of Politics, University of Dallas. Dr. West is author of Vindicating the Founders, as well as the editor of many books on the American founding and numerous articles in professional journals. One of his more recent articles, “Jaffa Versus Mansfield: Does America Have a Constitutional or A Declaration of Independence Soul?” specifically addresses the topic of the forthcoming Center’s seminar, “The Natural Law: Is the Declaration in the Constitution?”

8:00 p.m., Professor F. Russell Hittinger, Chairman of the Department of Philosophy and Religion at the University of Tulsa where since 1996 he has held the William K. Warren Chair of Catholic Studies and an appointment as Research Professor of Law. Since 2001 he has been a member of the Pontifical Academy of St. Thomas. He is author of A Critique of the New Natural Law Theory and, most recently, The First Grace: Rediscovering the Natural Law in a Post-Christian World.

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