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Professor Mary Ann Glendon: "Politics as a Vocation"

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

This Thursday, January 17, Professor Mary Ann Glendon will give the third lecture in this year’s Ernest L. Fortin, A.A., Lecture Series. Her lecture, titled “Politics as a Vocation,” will take place at 5:00 p.m. in the Demetree Auditorium in the Henkels Academic Building. Learned Hand Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and president of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, Professor Glendon was appointed to the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom in May of 2012. From 2008 to 2009, she served as U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See and prior to that she was a member of President Bush’s Council on Bioethics (2001-2004). A prolific scholar, Professor Glendon writes and teaches in the fields of human rights, comparative law, constitutional law, and political theory. Among her works are Abortion and Divorce in Western Law (1989), the critically acclaimed Rights Talk: The Impoverishment of Political Discourse (1993), and A World Made New: Eleanor Roosevelt and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (2002). Her lecture Thursday is drawn from her latest book, The Forum and the Tower (2011).

Sponsored by a grant from the Stuck with Virtue Conference Series, the Ernest L. Fortin Lecture Series is named after Fr. Ernest L. Fortin, A.A. Fr Fortin taught at Assumption College, Laval University, and Boston College, where he held joint appointments in the Theology and Political Science Departments and codirected the Institute for the Study of Politics and Religion. The author of books on Dante and St. Augustine, his collected essays have been published in four volumes. Focusing on the intersection of philosophical, theological, and political reflection, the lectures in this series explore the diverse but interrelated themes that animated Fr. Fortin’s life as a teacher and scholar.



Study Abroad: Croatia

Friday, January 11, 2013

Applications are now being accepted for an AMU study abroad opportunity this summer, July 28 to Aug 17, in Sibenik, Croatia.



Amb. Michael Novak receives award from President of Poland

Monday, January 7, 2013

Former U.S. Ambassador Michael Novak at Polish White House with President Komorowski and Father Maciej Zieba OP, former Provincial of the Polish Dominicans, close friend of JP II, former Solidarity member.



Archbishop Chaput Praises Dr. Travis Curtright's book on Thomas More

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

A day after the 2012 Summer Olympics closed in London, Joseph Pearce wrote that he felt like his “body had been covered in slime. I also felt a great sense of gratitude that I had shaken the smut and dirt from my sandals and had left the sordid culture of which I was once a part.”



Ave Maria University Professor Decorated by President of the Republic of Poland

Monday, December 17, 2012

On the 31st anniversary of the declaration of martial law in Poland, Michael Novak, author, theologian, Ave Maria University professor, and former U.S. ambassador, was decorated by President Bronisław Komorowski with the Commodore’s Cross with a Star of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland.December 13, 2012. Warsaw, Poland.—On the 31st anniversary of the declaration of martial law in Poland, Michael Novak, author, theologian, Ave Maria University professor, and former U.S. ambassador, was decorated by President Bronisław Komorowski with the Commodore’s Cross with a Star of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland.  

Before the official decoration ceremony, Professor Novak gave a lecture at the Presidential Palace on the meaning of social justice, part of the series of Polish Presidential lectures on the Ideas for the New Century. The lecture was introduced by Paweł Lisiewicz, director of the Polish cabinet, and in it Novak emphasized the importance of the institutions of civil society that properly precede the activity of the state. 

The decoration ceremony took place in the historic grand hall of the Presidential Palace, the site of the 1955 signing of the Warsaw Pact. In addition to Professor Novak, who was the only American recognized at the ceremony, also honored were more than forty heroes of the political opposition to Polish martial law in the 1980s, civilians and members of the military, many of whom worked clandestinely for the cause of liberty. 

Professor Novak was cited for his “merits in fostering democratic change in Poland as well as developing Polish-American cooperation.” These merits include Novak’s influential masterpiece, The Spirit of Democratic Capitalism, which was published in an illegal samizdat translation in 1984 under the imprimatur of the anti-communist movement Solidarność. As ambassador to the U.N. Human Rights Commission in 1986, Novak initiated the international condemnation of martial law in Poland, the first ever U.N. condemnation of a regime behind the Iron Curtain. In his remarks, President Komorowski recalled the aid, both material and moral, that the Polish people received from the West while under martial law. He mentioned in particular the significance of Radio Free Europe, which Novak served as a member of the Board of International Broadcasting. 

In his remarks President Komorowski also noted Ronald Reagan’s slogan “Let Poland be Poland,” and Reagan’s initiative to ask Americans to light candles in the windows of their homes, an expression of solidarity with those suffering in Poland. Today, Komorowski noted, the Polish people have a duty to extend the same solidarity to those still suffering under unjust regimes. 

Following the decoration ceremony, Novak visited the recently erected Ronald Reagan monument located outside the U.S. embassy in Warsaw. There President Komorowski, Novak, and others from the embassy lit candles and placed them around the monument.



Dr. Michael Dauphinais Named Vice President for Academic Affairs

Friday, December 7, 2012

University President Jim Towey announced yesterday that Dr. Michael Dauphinais has been appointed Vice President for Academic Affairs in addition to his role as the Dean of Faculty.



New Summer Course Features a Ten-Day Trip to Rome

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

This eight-credit course will explore Rome through its language and monuments from its pagan beginnings to its Catholic present.



AMU Founders Dinner for Jon Scharfenberger Scholarship Fund

Thursday, November 15, 2012

The Ave Maria University Founders club annual dinner in Naples will be Thursday, Dec. 6, at LaPlaya Beach Resort. The dinner begins with an optional Mass at 4:30 p.m. with the reception beginning at 5:30 p.m.



AMU's Dr. Timothy McDonnell a busy man during holiday music season

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

I knew my neighbor, Dr. Tim McDonnell, was the chairperson of the music department at Ave Maria University, but I’m glad I didn’t know much else when I first met him – for instance, that prior to coming to AMU, he was director of liturgical music at Pontifical North American College in the Vatican.



AMU Reduces Tuition and Expands Online Courses for Summer 2013

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Ave Maria University is pleased to announce that tuition rates for the summer 2013 session have been lowered from $445/credit to $349/credit, a reduction of more than twenty per cent. The University made this decision with a view towards putting the summer study option within reach of more students.


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