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Apr 18

Academic Freedom in Catholic Higher Education

Location: The Heritage Foundation's Allison Auditorium

Within Catholic higher education, there is some dispute about the nature of a Catholic University and how best to lead students in the search for Truth.  "Academic Freedom" is an expression heard frequently in relation to controversies at colleges as administrators struggle to determine if certain works of literature, plays, artwork, and even speakers are appropriate on campus.  In April 2008, Pope Benedict XVI will deliver an historic address to the Presidents of all Catholic Colleges and Universities in the U.S.  In the backdrop of the Pope's visit, this panel seeks to explore academic freedom at Catholic Universities.  What is the role of a Catholic University and how does John Paul II's Ex Corde Ecclesiae help define that role?  How do we define and understand academic freedom?  What, if any, should be the limits of academic freedom and how should these be determined?  Please join us as our distinguished panelists discuss these questions.

More About the Speakers

Stephen D. Minnis
Benedictine College

Russell Shaw
Journalist and Consultant to the Vatican's Pontifical Council for Social Communications

Ken Davison
Vice President,
College Affairs,
Belmont Abbey College

Dr. Candace de Russy
Writer and Lecturer on Education and Cultural Issues

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