2014 Summer Movie Series

The Ethics and Public Policy Center and the Hudson Institute present Middle America and the Movies The Eighth Annual Summer Movie Series EPPC Resident Scholar and Movie Critic of The American Spectator James Bowman presents six movies set in the rural and small towns of America’s Mid-West in the last century. The movie series will […]


2014 Bradley Symposium

“America’s Prospects: Promise and Peril” Economic, political, and demographic trend-lines in American life In the bustle of daily politics, it can be difficult to discern the broad trends that will shape America’s future. Our panel of experts will help us to see past the horizon and think through the challenges and opportunities the coming years […]

Health Solutions Conference: Fresh Ideas and a New Vision for Health Reform

On Thursday, February 27, 2014, join leading Members of Congress and policy experts for a conference about the future health reform that puts the American people in control of health care and coverage decisions.

The Nominee: A Political and Spiritual Journey featuring Judge Leslie Southwick

The Ethics and Public Policy Center and the Catholic Information Center are pleased to sponsor an event featuring Judge Leslie Southwick on his book The Nominee: A Political and Spiritual Journey.


Faith Angle Forum: March 2014

    The Faith Angle Forum will hold its semi-annual Conference on Religion, Politics & Public Life from March 23-25, 2014, in South Beach, Florida. The series brings together a select group of nationally respected journalists and distinguished scholars for in-depth discussions of cutting-edge issues at the intersection of religion and public life. Under the […]

William E. Simon Lecture

World War I was a civilizational cataclysm and its effects are much among us. In his thirteenth annual William E. Simon Lecture, EPPC Distinguished Senior Fellow George Weigel explores both the perennial question of why the Great War happened and the typically unexplored, but perhaps more urgent, question of why World War I continued—and what the answers to that second question disclose about the state of western civilization today.

Faith Angle Forum: November 2013

-Dr. John Green and Dr. Peter Skerry:“ Welcoming the Stranger? Religion & the Politics of Immigration”
-Dr. L. Gregory Jones: “Spinning Sorrow: The Uses & Abuses of Forgiveness in the Public Sphere”
-Dr. Jennifer Wiseman: “Same Universe, Different Lenses: Science, Ethics, & Religion in Dialogue”

Why We Fight: War Movies and War, Then and Now

James Bowman, EPPC Resident Scholar and movie critic for The American Spectator, presents six movies reflecting how the culture has influenced and been influenced by World War II and by the lesser wars fought since then. The series will take place on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings between June 19th and July 24th at Hudson Institute in Washington, D.C.

2013 National Religious Freedom Conference

On May 30, leaders of diverse faiths will join forces with bipartisan legislators from across the country to defend religious freedom for all at the 2013 National Religious Freedom Conference, sponsored by EPPC’s American Religious Freedom Program.

Feminism v. Femininity: The Threat to Woman’s Identity

The Ethics and Public Policy Center recently co-sponsored a luncheon event with the Witherspoon Institute featuring guest speaker Monsignor Cormac Burke, who presented on the topic “Feminism v. Femininity: The Threat to Woman’s Identity.” A Professor of Modern Languages and Doctor in Canon Law, as well as a civil lawyer and member of the Irish […]

Faith Angle Forum: March 2013

- Reuel Marc Gerecht and Jeffrey Goldberg: “The Islamic Paradox & the Future of the Middle East”
- Dr. Luis Lugo: “The Decline of Institutional Religion & Implications for American Civic Life”
- Dr. Timothy Keller: “Conservative Christianity after the Christian Right”

Evangelical Catholicism: A Reformed Church and a Culture in Crisis

A version of Mr. Weigel’s remarks were published as an essay in National Affairs. Click here to read it. In his twelfth William E. Simon Lecture, EPPC Distinguished Senior Fellow George Weigel discusses the thesis of his new book, Evangelical Catholicism: Deep Reform in the 21st-Century Church, with an eye toward addressing some of the challenges presented by […]

The Enemy Within

In this summer’s movie series, EPPC Resident Scholar James Bowman presents five films on the subject of loyalty and betrayal. Spanning nearly 60 years and made in a variety of styles with diverse purposes, all five movies may nevertheless be seen as engaging with E.M. Forster’s famous dictum: “If I had to choose between betraying […]

2012 National Religious Freedom Conference

RISING THREATS TO AMERICAN RELIGIOUS FREEDOM To fight for the protection of religious freedoms in the face of threats by aggressively secularist elected officials, bureaucrats and judges, a diverse group of religious leaders joined together at the National Religious Freedom Conference, Rising Threats to American Religious Freedom, to establish a unified effort surrounding the recent […]

Faith Angle Forum: May 2012

- Dr. Robert Millet and Dr. Richard Mouw: “Evangelicals & Mormons: A Conversation & Dialogue”
- Dr. Grant Wacker and Ross Douthat: “Religion & the Shaping of American Culture”
- Dr. William Galston: “Culture Wars & Economics in Election 2012″

A Surprising Cast of Characters: King Belshazzar, Pope Leo XIII, and the 2012 Election

A version of Mr. Weigel’s remarks was published as an essay in National Affairs. Click here to read it. The writing is on the wall. All attempts to establish a public square shorn of moral truth and devoid religious influence are failing. Mute in the face of injustice, and unable to account for the foundations of the human […]

Twenty-first Annual Tertio Millenio Seminar

The twenty-first annual Tertio Millennio Seminar on the Free Society will take place this summer from July 2 to July 19, 2012, in Kraków, Poland. To learn more, visit the seminar’s homepage: 

Faith Angle Forum: November 2011

- Dr. David Campbell: “Mormonism & Politics: Historical & Contemporary Issues”
- Dr. Peter Berger: “Six Decades as a Worldwide Religion Watcher: Observations & Lessons Learned”
- Dr. Ard Louis: “Current Controversies in the Religion & Science Debates”

George Washington’s Vision for Religious Freedom and Church-State Relations

The Ethics and Public Policy Center takes pleasure in announcing the inaugural event of its American Religious Freedom Program. President Washington’s vision for religious freedom and church-state relations established enduring precedents to guide American political life and civil society. His Thanksgiving Day Proclamation, Letter to the Newport Synagogue, Farewell Address, and similar acts and statements […]

Heaven! We’re in Heaven!

In the newest EPPC Summer Movie Series, co-sponsored by the Hudson Institute and presented by EPPC Resident Scholar James Bowman, we’re leaving this life entirely to see how the movies have thought about the next one—a subject that for seventy years they have found surprisingly congenial and often treated with moving sensitivity. The series will […]

Faith Angle Forum: April 2011

- Ambassador Husain Haqqani and Jeffrey Goldberg: “Radical Islam: The Challenge in Pakistan & Beyond”
- Micheal Flaherty: “Faith, Film, & Culture: The Challenges, the Prospects”
- Dr. Bradford Wilcox and Jim Daly: “The Retreat From Marriage: How It Has Affected Religion & Religion’s Response”

The Communist War Against the Catholic Church: New Evidence from the Past, Lessons for the Future

In his tenth annual William E. Simon Lecture, EPPC Distinguished Senior Fellow George Weigel will reflect on a dramatic—and too little understood—chapter in 20th century history: the decades-long war waged by the KGB, the Polish secret police, and the East German Stasi against the Catholic Church and the Vatican itself.

Faith Angle Forum: November 2010

- George Weigel and John L. Allen, Jr.: “Sex Abuse, the Catholic Church, & the Media”
- E.J. Dionne, Dr. William A. Galston, and Michael Barone: “Religious Voters & the 2010 Elections”
- Dr. Elaine Howard Ecklund and Barbara Bradley Hagerty: “Science vs. Religion: What Scientists Really Think”

The Pursuit of Happiness

Follow the evolution of the pursuit of happiness in the movies from My Man Godfrey to The Pursuit of Happyness. EPPC Resident Scholar James Bowman, film and cultural critic of the American Spectator and author of the books Honor: A History and Media Madness, will host his fourth annual summer movie series. The series will take place on successive Tuesday evenings […]

Faith Angle Forum: March 2010

- Dr. James Davison Hunter, Ross Douthat, and Amy Sullivan: “To Change the World: The Irony, Tragedy, and Possibility of Christianity in the Late Modern World”
- Dr. David Gelernter and Rabbi David Saperstein: “The Paradox of Judaism and American Politics”
- Dr. Philip Jenkins: “Have the Culture Wars Gone Global? Religion and Sexuality in the Global South”

Truths Still Held? John Courtney Murray’s ‘€œAmerican Proposition’€ Fifty Years Later

A version of Mr. Weigel’s remarks were published as an essay in First Things. Click here to read it. In 1960, in the midst of a campaign that would bring the first baptized Catholic to the White House, and at the beginning of a decade that would end in social and political turmoil, John Courtney Murray published his seminal […]

Crime and Punishment

Follow the evolution of crime in the movies from James Cagney to Fargo. EPPC Resident Scholar James Bowman, film and cultural critic of the American Spectator and author of the books Honor: A History and Media Madness, will host a summer movie series with commentary by Leon Kass (of the American Enterprise Institute and the […]

Faith Angle Forum: May 2009

- Dr. Robert D. Putnam and Dr. David Campbell: “American Grace: How Religion is Reshaping Our Civic & Political Lives”
- Dr. Wilfred M. McClay and E.J. Dionne: “Obama’s Favorite Theologian? A Short Course on Reinhold Niebuhr”
- Dr. Francis S. Collins and Barbara Bradley Hagerty: “Religion & Science: Conflict or Harmony?”

Scoundrel Time: The Politics of 2008

A version of Mr. Weigel’s remarks were published as an essay in First Things. Click here to read it. An engaging, challenging, and occasionally even amusing exploration of how the Sixties were the big winner in the 2008 presidential election, with a few further notes on the dangers of messianic politics and the temptations of faux […]

Faith Angle Forum: December 2008

-Dr. Vali R. Nasr and Jeffrey Goldberg: “America & Islam After Bush”
-Dr. John C. Green and Anna Greenberg: “A Post-Election Look at Religious Voters in the 2008 Election”
-Dr. Eddie S. Glaude, Jr.: “Religion & Race: A Historical & Contemporary Perspective”

Isn’t It Romantic?

Follow the evolution of the movie romance from Claudette Colbert and Clark Gable in It Happened One Night to Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal in When Harry Met Sally. EPPC Resident Scholar James Bowman, film and cultural critic of the American Spectator and author of the booka Honor: A History and Media Madness, will host […]

Faith Angle Forum: May 2008

-Dr. D. Michael Lindsay and David Kirkpatrick: “American Evangelicalism: New Leaders, New Faces, New Issues”
-Dr. William A. Galston and Michael Gerson: “Religious Voters in the 2008 Election: What it Means for Democrats, What it Means for Republicans”
-Andrew Newberg, M.D. and David Brooks: “Why Belief in God Persists: Why We Believe What We Believe”

Referendum on the Sixties: The Issues Behind the Issues in 2008

A version of Mr. Weigel’s remarks were published as an essay in First Things. Click here to read it. In his seventh Annual William E. Simon Lecture, George Weigel examined six crucial moments in the Sixties with an eye to how they reshaped American political culture, with effects still being felt four decades later. What a […]

Faith Angle Forum: December 2007

-Dr. John C. Green, Michael Barone, and E.J. Dionne: “The Religion Factor in the 2008 Election”
-Dr. Wilfred M. McClay: “Religion & Secularism: The American Experience”
-Dr. Stephen Prothero: “Religious Literacy: What Every American Should Know”

Poison or Cure? Religious Belief in the Modern World

The Ethics and Public Policy Center and the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs at Georgetown University hosted a debate between writer Christopher Hitchens and Oxford University professor Alister McGrath on the role of religious belief in the modern world.

The Sixteenth Annual Tertio Millennio Seminar on the Free Society

The Tertio Millennio Seminar on the Free Society was founded in 1992 by Michael Novak, Rocco Buttiglione, Father Richard John Neuhaus, Father Maciej Zieba, OP, and George Weigel to deepen the dialogue on Catholic social doctrine between North American students and students from the new democracies of central and eastern Europe. The seminar is built […]

Is Chivalry Dead? And Should It Be?

When feminists identified masculine chivalry towards women as a tool of oppression, they took away from men, especially young men, a whole set of cultural expectations about how to behave towards the opposite sex. And the assumption of the sexes’ equality has meant that no new code has been put in its place. The result […]

Faith Angle Forum: May 2007

-Dr. Philip Jenkins: “Global Schism: Is the Anglican Communion Rift the First Stage in a Wider Christian Split?”
-Ray Takeyh: “God’s Will: Iran’s Polity & the Challenges of the Future”
-Dr. Richard Bushman: “Mormonism & Democratic Politics: Are They Compatible?”

The American Movie Hero

Follow the evolution of the American Movie Hero from Gary Cooper’s Sergeant Alvin York to Harrison Ford’s Indiana Jones. EPPC Resident Scholar James Bowman, film critic of The American Spectator and The New York Sun and author of Honor: A History, will host a summer film series with commentary by Leon Kass (of the American Enterprise Institute […]

Faith Angle Forum: December 2006

-Dr. Peter Berkowitz and Ari Shavit: “Israel & the Future of Zionism”
-Dr. Peter Berger: “Religion in a Globalizing World”
-Karlyn Bowman and Dr. John Green: “Understanding Religion’s Role in the 2006 Election”

Faith Angle Forum: May 2006

-Dr. Michael Cook: “How & Why Muhammad Made a Difference”
-Dr. James Davison Hunter and Dr. Alan Wolfe: “Is There a Culture War?”
-Dr. William A. Galston: “Religion, Moral Values, & the Democratic Party”

The Next Supreme Court Vacancy

In the event that President Bush has the opportunity to nominate another Supreme Court justice, what lessons do the successful confirmations of Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Samuel Alito provide?  How can the Administration and its supporters best achieve another victory?  Can opponents of the nomination wage a more effective campaign? In this discussion […]

Faith Angle Forum: December 2005

-Dr. Grace Davie: “Believing Without Belonging: Just How Secular Is Europe?”
-Dr. Edward J. Larson: “The Biology Wars: The Religion, Science & Education Controversy”
-Dr. Leigh Eric Schmidt: “Spirit Wars: American Religion in Progressive Politics”

Pope Benedict XVI and the Future of the Catholic Church

EPPC Senior Fellow George Weigel’s bestselling biography of Pope John Paul II, Witness to Hope, set the standard by which all portraits of the modern papacy are now measured. With his new book, God’s Choice, he gives us an extraordinary chronicle of the rise of Pope Benedict XVI as well as an unflinching view of the Catholic […]

The Myth of Hitler’s Pope

Was Pope Pius XII secretly in league with Adolf Hitler? No, says Rabbi David G. Dalin?but there was a cleric in league with Hitler: the grand mufti of Jerusalem, Hajj Amin al-Husseini. As Pope Pius XII worked to save Jews from the Nazis, the grand mufti became Hitler?s staunch ally and a promoter of the Holocaust, […]

Faith Angle Forum: May 2005

-Rick Warren: “Myths of the Modern Mega-Church: A Case Study of Saddleback”
-Reuel Marc Gerecht and Jeffrey Goldberg“The Islamic Paradox: Religion & Democracy in the Middle East”
-Dr. John DiIulio and William Raspberry: “With Ben Franklin’s Blessings: A Primer on Faith-Based Initiatives”

Remembering Karol Wojtyla

EPPC was pleased to host a free public showing of Witness to Hope, the 2001 documentary based on the definitive biography of Pope John Paul II, written by Senior Fellow George Weigel. [To watch excerpts of the documentary online, visit our page "John Paul II in Words and Pictures."] The documentary was preceded by remarks […]

The Next Pope —€“ And Why He Matters to All of Us

In the fourth annual Simon Lecture, EPPC senior fellow George Weigel discusses the crucial issues facing the next Pope — and why the way he addresses them will have an impact far beyond the institutional borders of the Catholic Church. Click here to read the text of Mr. Weigel’s remarks. SUPPORT Although this even was free […]

Faith Angle Forum: December 2004

- Michael Gerson: “Religion, Rhetoric, and the Presidency”
- Yitzhak Nakash: “The Surge of the Shi’is in Iraq and its Implications for the Middle East”
- Gilbert Meilaender: “Bioethics and Human Nature: Exploring Some Background Issues”

The War Against Terrorism

AUDIO RECORDING OF THIS EVENT  Event audio, part one (MP3 format, 34 megabytes, 75 minutes)  Event audio, part two (MP3 format, 3 megabytes, 5 minutes) THE LECTURE SERIES This event was part of our “American Culture and Democracy” lecture series. Click here to see the complete list of lectures in this series. SPEAKER BIOGRAPHIES George Weigel is a […]

The Unresolvable Conflict: Religion, Politics, and Morality

Father Richard John Neuhaus – a respected Catholic theologian, a member of EPPC’s Board of Directors, and the editor of First Things – spoke at EPPC on the intersection of religion, politics, and morality. AUDIO RECORDING OF THIS EVENT  Event audio (MP3 format, 33 megabytes, 75 minutes) THE LECTURE SERIES This event is part of our “American Culture and […]

Faith Angle Forum: May 2004

-Dr. John C. Green and Michael Barone: “The 2004 Election: The Polls & the Religion Factor”
-Steven Simon and John Parker: “The Age of Sacred Terror”
-Dr. Alan Wolfe and David Brooks: “The Transformation of American Religion & Its Political Implications”

Faith Angle Forum: December 2003

-Dr. James Davison Hunter and Jeffrey Rosen: “Religion, Law, & the Culture Wars”
-Walter Russell Mead and Christopher Hitchens: “Religion & U.S. Foreign Policy”
-Dr. Mark Noll and Jay Tolson: “Understanding American Evangelicals”

Faith Angle Forum: December 2002

-Dr. Philip Jenkins and David Brooks: “The Coming of Global Christianity & the Future of International Politics”
-Dr. Gilles Kepel and Jeffrey Goldberg: “Jihad: The Trail of Political Islam”
-Dr. James Turner Johnson and Christopher Hitchens: “Just War & Jihad: The Two Views of War”

Faith Angle Forum: January 2002

-Dr. Roy Mottahedeh and Jay Tolson: “Islam: A Primer”
-Dr. Samuel Huntington: “Religion, Culture, & International Conflict”
-Bruce Hoffman and Jeffrey Goldberg: “Religion & Terrorism”

Evangelical Institutional and Activity Inventory Conference

Over the past two decades, many American evangelicals have overcome their traditional resistance to political engagement to become involved in the public debate of numerous domestic and foreign-policy issues. The nature and success of this activity was the subject of a Center conference entitlted “Evangelicals in Political and Civic Life: An Inventory,” held June 17-19, […]

Faith Angle Forum: June 2000

-Stephen L. Carter and Jeffrey Rosen: “God’s Name in Vain: The Wrongs & Rights of Religion in Politics”
-Dr. Jean Bethke Elshtain and William McGurn: “How Should We Talk? Religion & Public Discourse”
-Dr. James L. Guth and Michael Barone: “Impact of Religion on Political Alignments: An Overview”
-Dr. Leo P. Ribuffo and David Shribman: “The New Christian Right in Historical Context”

Faith Angle Forum: September 1999

-Jack Wertheimer: “Can the Jews Survive America?”
-Dr. Nathan Hatch and Dr. Grant Wacker: “Evangelicalism & American Life”
-George Weigel: “New Century, New Story Line: Catholics in America”