Thomas More Center Visiting Speaker Series

Since its inception in 2000, the Thomas More Center has sponsored a number of public presentations on the Rockhurst University campus by nationally-known Catholic scholars and artists.  These speakers have addressed a number of significant and relevant topics, and have contributed to the on-going University discussion of its identity and the application of its mission values to various areas of human achievement.

January 29, 2016 — Vincent Rougeau, J.D., (Boston College School of Law) “Global Migration, Citizenship and Catholic Social Teaching”

February 24, 2015  — John L. Allen, Jr. (Boston Globe), “The Global War on Christians: Anti-Christian Persecution in Today’s World”

September 17, 2013 — Thomas Madden (St. Louis University), “The Crusades in Myth and History”

September 13, 2011 — Judith Rock (novelist, Sarasota, FL), "The Rhetoric of Mystery: God, Jesuits and 17th Century Paris"

November 15, 2010 — Rev. Terrence Dempsey, S.J. (Museum of Contemporary Religious Art, St. Louis University), "Creating a Religious Environment Through Contemporary Art and Architecture"

March 24, 2011 — Lloyd Baugh, S.J. (Pontifical Gregorianum University, Rome), "The African Face of Jesus in Film"

March 4, 2008 — Rev. Michael Joncas (University of St. Thomas, MN), "The State of American Catholic Liturgical Music in the 21st Century"

March 8, 2007 — Robert Louis Wilken (University of Virginia), "Early Christianity, Gnosticism and THE DA VINCI CODE"

September 22, 2006 — Kevin Fitzgerald, S.J. (Georgetown University), "The Ethics of Stem Cell Research"

May 2, 2005 — Kathleen A. Mahoney (Caritas Foundation), "The Future of Catholic Higher Education"

April 28, 2004 — Michael Cuneo (Fordham University), "Almost Midnight: A Story of Crime and Punishment in Southwest Missouri"

February 18, 2004 — Todd D. Whitmore (University of Notre Dame), "Catholic Social Teaching and its Applicability to Rockhurst University"

March 24, 2003 — R. Scott Appleby (University of Notre Dame), "Religious Violence in Comparative Perspective"

January 23, 2003 — Richard Gyug (Fordham University), "El Camino de Santiago: Past and Present on the Road to Compostela"

February 7, 2002 — Ron Hansen (Santa Clara University), "Religion and the Arts"

April 5, 2001 — David Tlapek (independent film producer), "The Hidden Gift: War and Faith in Sudan"

February 13, 2001 — David J. O'Brien (College of the Holy Cross), "Catholic Studies and the Renewal of American Catholicism"