Published by the Center for the Study of The Great Ideas (founded in 1990 by Mortimer J. Adler and Max Weismann)
In association with the The Adler-Aquinas Institute and Aquinas School of Leadership
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Sunday, November 5, 2017

Aquinas Leadership International November 2017 Update

[From Peter A. Redpath]

I write to update you about some developments related to the Aquinas Leadership International (ALI), affiliate organizations, and other groups interested in ALI’s work.

● Fifth Annual Aquinas Leadership International World Congress

The dates of 20 to 22 July 2018 have been reserved for the 5th annual Aquinas Leadership International Conference at the Immaculate Conception Seminary in Huntington, Long Island, NY, USA. If you have a Congress topic that you think might be good for this annual meeting, please send the information to the Congress Chair, Peter Redpath at:

● The Aquinas School of Leadership (ASL) Sends:

– Much thanks to those students who have enrolled in ASL’s recently-formed “Center for Leadership Coaching” January 2018 international, online, course on “The Organizational Genius of St. Thomas Aquinas.” This class with kick off the first event in ASL’s

Center for Leadership-Coaching in Thomistic Organizational and Moral Psychology (ASLCLC)

For further information about this Center, its leadership-coaching work, and/or this course, email Dr. Peter Redpath at:

 From The Cardinal Newman Society, see the Following NCEA Job Database:

● See the Following Report from Dr. Sebastian Mahfood, Holy Apostles College & Seminary:

The Association of Theological Schools is presently looking to hire a new Director of Accreditation and Institutional Evaluation. Anyone interested in working within the world of theological accreditation & in living in the great city of Pittsburgh, please read through the link immediately below: 

● The Thomistic Institute at the Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception Announces the Following Events:

● AP Manuscripts Announces Start of a Free Digital Library (Facsimile Reproductions Made in the USA):

Some reproductions they offer include:

—Book of Kells, Lindisfarne Gospels, Stonyhurst Gospels, Sir Isaac Newton Notebooks, Leonardo da Vinci Notebooks

Currently their digital library includes:

—King James Bible (1611), Bible of Borso, Gospels of Luke and John (875), Book of Hours, Use of Troyes and Sens (1470). Codex Atlanticus (Da Vinci), Leicester (or Hammer) Codex (Da Vinci), Codex Arundel (Da Vinci), Sylva Sylvarum (Sir Francis Bacon, 1627)

For more information, contact:
● Call for Papers for Franciscan University’s Quaestiones Disputatae journal

Our colleague Dr. Sebastian Mahfood reports that  Holy Apostles College & Seminary adjunct professor of philosophy within the Holy Apostles College and Seminary online program, Dr. Randall Colton, is guest editing an issue of Franciscan University’s Quaestiones Disputatae, focused on the intersection of the themes in St. John Paul II’s Veritatis Splendor and Fides et Ratio, for their joint anniversary year in 2018.
In view of next year’s 25th and 20th anniversaries of Veritatis Splendor and Fides et Ratio, the journal is inviting papers on any topic at the intersection of those two encyclicals’ themes. They explore the transcendentals of goodness and truth in relation to the intellectual and moral powers of the human person, setting those inquiries in the contexts of beauty and faith, human nature and community. 
Quaestiones Disputatae welcomes papers engaging these encyclicals in light of any of their themes and from a range of disciplinary perspectives (such as philosophy, theology, patristics, literature, and history). 
Please address inquiries and papers (the latter as email attachments in Microsoft Word) to the Guest Editor, Dr. Randall Colton, at  The deadline is June 11, 2018, with anticipated publication in November, 2018. Find the journal at  

● Acton Institute Meetings for Month of November:


Phone: 616-454-3080
Toll Free: 1-800-345-2286


Acton’s 8th Annual “Chicago Open Mic Night” will be taking place on Wednesday, November 8th at the University Club of Chicago. This is a unique opportunity to engage with a panel of experts on today’s hottest issues featuring:

Paul Bonicelli, Ph. D., Director of Education and Programs, Acton Institute

Ismael Hernandez, Founder and Director, Freedom Virtue Institute

Samuel Gregg, D. Phil., Director of Research, Acton Institute

For more information or to register, contact Nick Porter at 616-454-3080 or


How do we improve the socio-economic conditions of inner cities in North America? In a recent article written by Scott Calvert in the Wall Street Journal, Milwaukee was listed as one of four major cities that have experienced a return to murder rates not seen since the 1990s–this happening while crime nationally is approaching an all-time low. 
How are we to deal with a combination of sky-rocketing murder rates and vitriolic dialogue between those with opposing views? In this luncheon lecture Ismael Hernandez, of the Freedom and Virtue Institute, will discuss how fragile urban infrastructures are often vulnerable to patterns that impede human flourishing. As a solution, he presents an alternate vision for personal and communal uplift based on local entrepreneurial initiative.
The Acton Institute hopes you are able to attend this free lunch event at the University Club of Milwaukee on Thursday, 09 November 2017 from 12:00pm–1:30 pm.

Guest Speaker Ismael Hernandez is the founder and Executive Director of the Freedom &



How ​do ​we ​shepherd ​the ​flock ​in ​the ​search ​for ​economically ​healthy ​and ​socially ​just ​urban ​communities? ​What ​is ​the ​role ​of ​the ​local ​church ​in ​sustainable ​human ​development? ​Where ​do ​we ​find ​guidance ​for ​those ​facing ​unemployment ​and ​neighborhood ​displacement? ​Join ​the Acton Institute ​to ​explore ​how ​moral ​and ​economic ​clarity ​give ​direction ​in ​our ​mission ​to ​be ​true ​disciples, ​fostering ​effective ​charity, ​empowering ​our ​congregations ​and ​creating ​a ​context ​for ​urban ​flourishing.
City FAVS ​conference ​participants ​will ​envision ​a ​new ​framework ​for ​examining ​complex ​problems ​facing ​today’s ​city, ​founded ​in ​a ​Biblical ​economic ​worldview. ​Participants ​will ​network ​with ​other ​catalysts ​for ​growth ​in ​their ​community, ​ground ​discussion ​in ​continued ​emphasis ​on ​real ​world ​applications ​of ​Biblical ​principles, ​and ​develop ​leadership ​capacity ​through ​the ​resources ​offered ​for ​each ​session.

Conference Speakers:

Hunter Baker, J.D., Ph.D. serves as a university fellow and associate professor of political science at Union University in Jackson, Tennessee.

Dr. Anthony Bradley, M.Div., Ph.D. is associate professor of theology at The King's College in New York City and a research fellow at the Acton Institute.

Trey Dimsdale, J.D. came to the Acton Institute from Fort Worth, Texas, where he served as the Associate Director and Research Fellow in Law and Public Policy for the Richard Land Center for Cultural Engagement.

S. Michael Craven is president of BridgeBuilders, an innovative, urban, missionary organization that works to alleviate poverty by addressing the root spiritual and cultural conditions that foster and sustain inner-city poverty.


“Economics among the Virtues”


James Bruce is associate professor of philosophy at John Brown University.

Dr. Victor V. Claar is associate professor of economics at Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers, where he holds the BB&T Distinguished Professorship in Free Enterprise, and an affiliate scholar of the Acton Institute.


“Just Right: A Life in Pursuit of Liberty—Edwards”

In this fascinating memoir, historian Lee Edwards, who knew and worked with Ronald Reagan, Barry Goldwater, and William F. Buckley, Jr. for nearly five decades, reveals what motivated these giants of the modern conservative movement—a staunch belief in free enterprise and a love of God.
Called “The Voice of the Silent Majority” by the New York Times, Dr. Edwards has done it all in his remarkable multi-faceted career including writing the first political biography of Reagan, directing the national publicity for the most consequential loser in American politics—presidential candidate Goldwater--and building the Victims of Communism Memorial to the more than 100 million victims of communism. 
In an inspiring final chapter of “Just Right: A Life in Pursuit of Liberty,” Dr. Edwards argues that conservatives must forge a New Fusionism if they want to remain a major political and philosophical force.


Lee Edwards, Ph.D., is the Distinguished Fellow in Conservative Thought at The Heritage Foundation. Dr. Edwards and his wife Anne reside in Alexandria, Virginia.


“Matt Kibbe: The Perils of Political Cronyism”

Conventional wisdom holds that business and government are enemies, each trying to restrain the other’s power. In fact, businesses have always taken advantage of government authority to stifle competition and protect their own profits. The people who really lose under such an arrangement are consumers, taxpayers and start-up entrepreneurs. Crony capitalism—the opposite of free enterprise—empowers government-granted monopolies, props up inefficient and unprofitable companies with subsidies, and stifles new ideas and market innovation.

Please join the Acton Institute for a free lecture, networking, and one free drink on Acton!* Doors will open at 6:00 PM and the lecture will start promptly at 6:30 PM followed by Q&A and discussion with the lecturer at 7:05 PM.

*Must be preregistered to receive a free drink


Matt Kibbe is a leading advocate for personal, civil and economic liberties. An economist by training, Kibbe is a public policy expert, bestselling author and political commentator. He served as Senior Advisor to Concerned American Voters, a Rand Paul Super PAC. He is also Distinguished Senior Fellow at the Austrian Economic Center in Vienna, Austria.

“Globilization, Justice, & the Economy: The Jesuit Contribution”

The current era of globalization, with all its opportunities and challenges, is not the first time that the Church has had to grapple with economic changes on a global scale. In the fifteenth, sixteenth, and seventeenth centuries, Catholic theologians explored the moral, political, and economic implications of expanding commerce and trade routes across the globe–to India, China, Africa, and, of course, the New World.
Many of these theologians and moralists were members of the recently founded Society of Jesus. Jesuits such as Juan de Mariana, Luis de Molina, and Leonardus Lessius not only explored the ethics of contracts, trade, money, and the state’s role in the economy; they also made important, though often overlooked, contributions to the development of economics and political economy. In his famous History of Economic Analysis, the distinguished economist and historian of economic ideas Joseph Schumpeter described many of these Jesuits’ insights as anticipating similar ideas expressed by Adam Smith two centuries later.
On Wednesday, 29 November 2017, the Acton Institute and the Pontifical Gregorian University’s Faculty of History and Cultural Heritage of the Church will hold an afternoon conference in Rome on Globalization, Justice, & the Economy: The Jesuit Contribution at the Pontifical Gregorian University.
Bringing together leading thinkers from around the world, this conference aims to pay tribute to early and late modern scholasticism, specifically the Jesuit contributions, to the development of modern market economies.
At the conclusion of the conference, the Acton Institute will confer the 2017 Novak Award and its $15,000 prize to the Belgian academic Dr. Wim Decock of the Catholic University of Leuven. Dr. Decock will present the Calihan Lecture based on his doctoral research in this area.


Rev. Dr. Diego Alonso Lasheras, S.J.
Professor of Theology, Pontifical Gregorian University (Italy)

Dr. Alejandro (Alex) Chafuen
Author & President, Atlas Network (USA)

Dr. Wim Decock
2017 Novak Award Winner & Professor of Legal History, Universities of Leuven and Liège (Belgium)

Dr. Samuel Gregg
Director of Research, Acton Institute (USA)


Taking on Inequality: Seeking Paths to Greater Prosperity”


Sean E. Mulholland, Ph.D.Professor of Economics, Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, North Carolina.


The False Promise of Big Government”

The debate over the size and scope of the federal government has raged since the New Deal. So why have opponents of big government so rarely made political headway? Because they fail to address the fundamental issue.


Patrick Garry is a law professor at the University of South Dakota with a Ph.D. in constitutional history. He has testified before Congress on constitutional issues and is a contributor to The Oxford Companion to the U.S. Supreme Court. 



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