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This St. Patrick's Day, the Tocqueville Forum hosted the Fifth Annual Undergraduate Scholars Conference on the American Polity. Click here for the complete gallery of images.
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"The Power Elite" by C. Wright Mills - A Great Encounter with Prof. Peter W. Cookson on April 11th
Professor Peter W. Cookson shared with a small group of Tocqueville Forum Student Fellows how C. Wright Mills' book "The Power Elite" impacted him while studying sociology in the 1960's. Prof. Cookson found at the time, Mills convincingly argued that existing power structures are largely controlled by a "Power Elite," setting the stage for social criticism and new ways of thinking about sociology. Mills message is similarly poignant today: whenever an oligarchy of wealth emerges in history, society becomes increasingly unstable. Read more from the Great Encounter on the Tocqueville Forum Blog here.
Forum Lecture by Randy Barnett "Who Won the Obamacare Case?" March 14th
Professor Randy E. Barnett gave a public lecture to the Tocqueville Forum on the Roots of American Democracy at Georgetown University, on Thursday, March 14th, 2013 titled "Who Won the Obamacare Case?" Professor Barnett was one of the attorneys representing the National Federation of Independent Business in its historic challenge to the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare. In this lecture, he explained exactly how the Supreme Court ruled in the case, why it is significant, and why so many law professors failed to appreciate the seriousness of the challenge. Listen to and download the lecture from Itunes U. here.
"The Tocquevillean Moment . . . and Ours" by Wilfred M. McClay
We study the Republic because it formulates powerful criticisms of democracy that remain enduringly valid and troubling, criticisms that we would not have had the wit to formulate on our own—and because in reading it and wrestling with it, we are teaching our democracy to know itself better, and thereby contributing, not to the undermining of our democracy, but to its deepening, its resiliency, its ennoblement. To find and retain those things from the past that remain estimable and enduringly valuable is what it means to cultivate a civilization..." read more here.
Call for Editors
Want to work for Utraque Unum, Georgetown's only undergraduate journal in the humanities and the recent recipient of the Collegiate Network's national award for Best Undergraduate Journal of Letters? Applications are due February 11th.
Email Chris Mooney (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have questions. Read more about Utraque Unum and read previous editions online here. See the Call for Editors here for more information about out to apply.
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Fr. Schall's last lecture "A Final Gladness" full video
I encourage you to watch this great tribute to Father Schall, who has been nothing short of an inspiration to the Tocqueville Forum and the embodiment of Christian humanism at Georgetown for over 50 years. At the Tocqueville Forum, our students, staff, and affiliated faculty will feel his loss indefinitely.
Obama Should Heed Tocqueville on Schools - Reposted from Education Next
By Williamson Ever
Alexis de Tocqueville is famous for his portrait of 19th-century America and his philosophic insights on why the American society has flourished — and also where it might go wrong. It is worth the time to remind ourselves what some of Tocqueville’s insights were. Once we do, we can consider the Obama administration’s current nationalization of K-12 public-school curriculum, with Tocqueville’s insights in mind... Read more on the Tocqueville Forum blog here.
Read the latest volume of Utraque Unum online here, featuring "In Celebration of James V. Schall, S.J. A Retrospective of Essays."
F. Russell Hittinger
F. Russell Hittinger is Warren Chair of Catholic Studies at the University of Tulsa. His research focuses on the intersection of philosophy, religion, and law. Hittinger is on the governing council of the Pontifical Academy of St. Thomas Aquinas. He has published more than 100 articles and reviews in addition to several books, among them Thomas Aquinas and the Rule of Law and The First Grace: Rediscovering the Natural Law in a Post-Christian World.
Since 1996, Hittinger is the incumbent of the William K. Warren Chair of Catholic Studies at the University of Tulsa, where he is also a Research Professor in the School of Law. He specializes in issues of philosophy, theology and law. From 2002-2005 he was the Chair of the Department of Philosophy and Religion.
A former Christendom College professor (1986-87), Hittinger has taught at Fordham University and at the Catholic University of America, and has taught as a Visiting Professor at Princeton University, New York University, Charles University in Prague, and at the Pontifical Università Regina Apostolorum in Rome.
Since 2001, he is a member of the Pontifical Academy of St. Thomas Aquinas, founded by Pope Leo XIII. On Sept. 8, 2009, Pope Benedict XVI appointed Hittinger as an ordinarius in the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences. He is one of two lay academics in the world to serve on these two Pontifical academies.
His books and articles have appeared in the University of Notre Dame Press, Oxford University Press, Columbia University Press, Fordham University Press, the Review of Metaphysics, the Review of Politics, and several law journals.
Yale University Press will publish his current book, Paper Wars: The Papacy and the Modern State, next year. He is under contract with Emory to finish a book entitled Aquinas’s Questions on Law: A Primer.
- New blog post: "Soft Despotism, Democracy’s Drift: What Tocqueville Teaches Today" from the Heritage Foundation.
- New blog post: "Obama Should Heed Tocqueville on Schools" by Williamson Ever.
- Fr. James V. Schall's last lecture "A Final Gladness" now online
- Professor Joshua Mitchell to act as Interim Director
- Professor Deneen to leave Georgetown
- Jean Bethke Elshtain Will Receive Fifth Annual Schall Award
- New Associate Director Announced
- Now Accepting Student Fellow Applications for the 2011-2012 Academic Year
- Spring 2011 Newsletter Released
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- Senior Thesis Prize Awarded
- Justin R. Hawkins Announced as Winner of Third Annual Rev. James V. Schall, S.J. Student Essay Contest
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