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Past Events
April 27, 2017
The Problem with Liberalism – and Conservatism
Where: UT Austin, Flawn Academic Center (FAC), Room 21 Twenty-one years ago, Dr. J. Budziszewski submitted two articles to First Things magazine identifying some deeply problematic aspects of both liberalism and conservatism as they are commonly understood. In the words of Dr. Budziszewski, “a good many Christians treat either liberal or conservative ideology as the ...
April 24, 2017
What in the World Is Going On? Making Sense of Today’s Geopolitics
Where: The Clay Pit, 1601 Guadalupe Street Join us Monday, April 24th, for an informal dinner conversation about historical and current challenges to our national security. Are we less secure than we were before, or is our situation much the same as it’s always been? Dr. Will Inboden is the Executive Director of the Clements Center for National ...
March 30, 2017
Table Talk: Reinventing Higher Education
Where: The Clay Pit, 1601 Guadalupe Street Join us Thursday, March 30th, for an informal dinner conversation about the changing face of higher education. Is the current model of higher education sustainable, bound to fail, or even “too big to fail?” If big changes are coming, what will they look like? Dr. Daniel Bonevac is a ...
March 22, 2017
Trade Policy in the Trump Era: Free Trade vs. Nationalism Debate
Where: UT’s Campus, UTC (University Teaching Center) 1.144 Traditionally, American presidents (regardless of political party) end up supporting free trade–or at least less restricted trade. Then came President Trump. He has invoked tariffs and possible renegotiation of longstanding trade agreements. Academic economists are all but unanimous on the benefits of free trade, but a few ...
March 21, 2017
Virtue: The Path to Happiness and Freedom
When: Tuesdays, March 21 & 28 and April 4 & 11 Time: 7:00-8:30 PM Where: Dobie Center, 2021 Guadalupe Street, Suite 260 To our modern ears, words like “virtue” may seem a bit quaint. What the ancient philosophers understood better than we do, however, is that virtue provides the key to self-mastery, and self-mastery is the ...
February 3, 2017
Bioethics and the Limits of Science
Date: Friday, February 3rd Time: 3:30-5:00 PM Where: UT’s Campus, WAG 310 Dr. Nicanor Austriaco, O.P., is a bioethicist who teaches at Providence College (Rhode Island.)  His areas of specialization are the biology of aging and programmed cell death, biology and ethics of stem-cell research, health care ethics and bioethics in the Catholic tradition.  He ...
January 31, 2017
The Constitution at the Crossroads: Religious Liberty and the New Civil Rights Movement
Tuesdays, January 31st and February 7th, 21st, and 28th 7:00-8:30 PM Dobie Center, 2021 Guadalupe St. Austin, TX 78705 Join Drs. DeHart and Stuart for a stirring four-part conversation about the status of religious liberty in America. The first freedom enshrined in the Bill of Rights is religious liberty. It seems simple enough, but as ...
January 31, 2017
Sexuality and Gender Discussion Group
ALL SEXUALITY AND GENDER DISCUSSION GROUPS ARE CURRENTLY FULL.  If you would like to be placed on a waiting list, please submit your RSVP below. People on the waiting list will receive first notification if we decide to reprise these discussion groups in the near future. Join us beginning January 31st as we discuss The New ...
November 15, 2016
Table Talk: An Election Post Mortem with Kevin E. Stuart
Join us Tuesday, November 15th 6-8pm at the Clay Pit as we discuss what we can learn from what feels like the longest and strangest presidential campaign in history. Kevin E. Stuart is a seasoned U.S. and international consultant, who has worked in politics for two decades. Kevin received his Ph.D. from the University of ...
October 26, 2016
Markets without Limits Debate
Join us Wednesday, October 26th at 6pm at the Student Activity Center Ballroom (SAC 2.410). Most people shudder at the thought of putting kidneys, children, and sex up for sale. But what’s the argument? Dr. Peter Jaworski and Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse will debate the question: if it’s alright to do something for free (i.e., ...
October 18, 2016
Creating a Home in a Homeless World with Dr. Bethany Hebbard
Join us Tuesdays beginning October 18th, 7-8:30PM @ the Dobie Center, 2021 Guadalupe Street, Suite 260. This four-part seminar will explore the need to reclaim “homemaking” as a creative, countercultural response to an increasingly displaced and “homeless” world. Each week we will examine the principles of home, including stability, storytelling, hospitality, and more. Together, we will ...
September 27, 2016
Table Talk: City Planning as if People Mattered with Justin Golbabai
Tuesday, Sept.  27th 2016, 6:00-8:00PM @ The Clay Pit   Justin Golbabai is a local economist and city/neighborhood planner who lives and works in Austin, Texas. Driven by the question, “What environment best facilitates human flourishing,” he has sought answers in unique places – from the halls of British Parliament to a shelter for immigrants and ...
September 19, 2016
Race Matters: Interracial Communication in America with Dr. George Yancey
Monday, September 19that 5:00PM UT Campus, Beauford H. Jester Center (JES) A121A As we face increased racial violence across the country, polarized groups seem to merely be talking past each other. How can we have hard discussions with people from different races in ways that they can hear? In his lecture, Dr. George Yancey will ...
September 7, 2016
Neither Left nor Right with Rev. Dr. Jonathan Warren
Join us Wednesdays in September, 7-8:30PM @ the Dobie Center, 2021 Guadalupe Street, Suite 260. Catholic Social Teaching and the Renewal of Mediating Institutions: Frustrated by today’s divisive politics, many people find themselves searching for a third option, neither left nor right. Catholic social teaching offers a thoughtful, well-developed alternative approach to politics. In this ...
August 30, 2016
Table Talk: Poverty and Homelessness with Steven Hebbard
Join us Tuesday, August 30th 2016 6-8PM @ The Clay Pit. Steven Hebbard has been immersed in the lives of Austin’s poor since 2007, first as an organic gardener and now as the residential innkeeper at the Community First! Village for the chronically homeless. Join us for an informal dinner conversation about working with Austin’s ...
June 1, 2016
New Perspectives on Criminal Justice Reform: A Summer Seminar for Graduate Students
June 1-8, 2016 New Orleans, Louisiana Across the political spectrum, partisans of both the left and the right agree that the American criminal justice system needs reform. It’s an exciting moment of convergence, but also one that demands we think carefully. The stakes are high. The safety of families, rights of the accused, effectiveness of ...
April 21, 2016
Family vs. Freedom: Pulled in Different Directions
When: Thursday April 21st, 2016 3:30pm Where: UT Austin Campus, Batts Hall 5.108 Dr. Matthew Wright is an associate professor of Government at Biola University and received his Ph.D. in Government at the University of Texas. He is political theorist, specializing in Thomistic-Aristotelian natural law tradition. This entails a methodology particularly sensitive to the diverse ...
March 21, 2016
Free Exchange and Human Well-Being
Free Exchange and Human Well-Being March 21st, 5:00 pm, CLA 0.102, UT Campus Join the Austin Institute and the James Q. Wilson Forum hosting Dr. Chris Surprenant for a talk on free exchange and its relationship with and effects on human well-being. Chris Surprenant in his own words: “I am an associate professor of philosophy ...
February 18, 2016
Assault and Integrity: A Frank and Fearless Discussion About Sex on Campus
Date: February 18th @ 5:00PM Location: UT Austin Campus, L. Theo Bellmont Hall (BEL), Room 328 Laura Sessions Stepp is a Pulitzer prize-winning journalist, who wrote for the Washington Post and also authored the best-selling book Unhooked. She has appeared on the Today Show, PBS and Fox News and has been heard on NPR, ABC and ...