The Courage to Rest: Thomas Aquinas on the Soul of Leisure

Tuesday, January 31, 2017 | 6:00 P.M. Doors Open | 6:30 P.M. Talk | Reception to Follow


Fr. Aquinas Guilbeau, O.P., is an adjunct instructor in moral theology at the Dominican House of Studies. A native of Louisiana, Fr. Aquinas Guilbeau, O.P., entered the Order of Preachers for the Province of St. Joseph in 2005. After several years of pastoral work in New York City, Fr. Guilbeau began doctoral studies in moral theology at the University of Fribourg (Switzerland). He recently defended his dissertation on Charles De Koninck’s doctrine of the common good.

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Patriotism Is Not Enough: Harry Jaffa, Walter Berns, and the Arguments that Redefined American Conservatism

Steven Hayward, Ronald Reagan Professor of Public Policy, Pepperdine University

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 | 5:00 P.M. Doors Open | 5:30 P.M. Talk | Reception to Follow


Steven Hayward is the Ronald Reagan Professor of Public Policy at Pepperdine University. Prior to joining UC, he was the F.K. Weyerhaeuser Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute. He received his B.S. from Lewis and Clark College and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the Claremont Graduate School. He is the author of many books including his two-volume biography of Ronald Reagan, The Age of Reagan: The Fall of the Old Liberal Order: 1964-1980 and The Age of Reagan: The Conservative Counterrevolution: 1980-1989.

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History for a Democracy:
Reflections on the AP History Controversy


Wilfred M. McClay
Professor of History, University of Oklahoma

Friday, July 10, 2015—12:00 p.m.
AWC Family Foundation Lecture

The discipline of history is in serious decline, both as an academic pursuit and as a crucial element in the health of our democracy. The danger of losing a sense of vital connection to our past is evident in the 2014 Framework for the Advanced Placement Examination in U.S. History, in which the College Board deemphasizes the ideas and institutions that bind Americans together in favor of the many particular identities that separate us. We fail our students when we forget that the teaching of history has a civic purpose, and that history therefore needs to be the possession of all of us, and not merely of credentialed professionals.

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