American Culture and Democracy: Fall 2004 Lecture Series

American Culture and Democracy

Fall 2004 Lecture Series

The Ethics and Public Policy Center is pleased to announce its Fall 2004 lecture series, which brings together major public voices to discuss subjects related to the theme “American Culture and Democracy.”

The inaugural lecture was delivered on September 20 by Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, on the subject of “The Courts and Democracy.” Subsequent lectures have dealt with such timely subjects as terrorism, and marriage. (Visit the lecture pages below to download audio recordings of each talk.)

The next lecture relates to bioethics, and the final lecture — shortly before Election Day — relates to the presidency.

The complete list of lecture titles, dates, and participants appears below.


Justice Antonin Scalia Launches EPPC Lecture series

Supreme Court Justice speaks on “The Courts and Democracy” 

Monday, September 20, 2004

What is the appropriate role of the federal judiciary in our republic? What would the Framers of the Constitution think of today’s activist judges? Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia helped launch EPPC’s Fall 2004 lecture series with remarks on “The Courts and Democracy.”


The Unresolvable Conflict: Religion, Politics, and Morality 

Fr. Richard John Neuhaus speaks at EPPC

Monday, September 27, 2004

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.


The Question of Marriage 

A Lecture by Hadley Arkes

Friday, October 8, 2004

EPPC’s Fall lecture series continued this week with a lecture by Hadley Arkes on “The Question of Marriage.”


The War Against Terrorism

Remarks by George Weigel and Bill Kristol

Wednesday, October 13, 2004

EPPC Senior Fellow George Weigel lectured on the war against terrorism and America’s place in the world. His lecture was followed by comments from William Kristol, editor of The Weekly Standard.


The Bioethics Debate and the American Character

A lecture by Eric Cohen, with comments from Leon Kass

Wednesday, October 20, 2004

Embryonic stem cells and human cloning have emerged as defining issues in American public life. But why? Is there a divide between religion and science? Are opponents of embryo research “rational”? Do supporters of embryo research believe in equality? What will America be like if embryo research becomes a regular part of American medicine? Eric Cohen and Leon Kass explored the principles behind the American bioethics debate.


American Culture and the Presidency

George W. Bush’s Evangelical Conservatism: Or, How the Republicans Became Red

Wednesday, February, 23, 2005

President Bush’s remarkable second inaugural address seems to mark a point of departure for American conservatism’s next generation. But how great a departure? What are its chief intellectual and cultural sources? And what are its likely consequences? EPPC Senior Fellow Wilfred M. McClay addressed these questions in a lecture.