Panelists explore the pernicious effects of secular progressive education, and its infiltration of Catholic schools. By examining the nature and purpose of Catholic education and its roots in the classical liberal arts tradition, the panel recognizes how neglect of our own tradition undermines both faith and reason in our children. A dynamic renewal, however, is transforming and inspiring a growing number of Catholic schools who are reclaiming the Church’s tradition.
Dr. Robert Royal
President, Faith & Reason Institute
Bio: Robert Royal is the founder and president of the Faith & Reason Institute in Washington, D.C. and editor-in-chief of The Catholic Thing (www.thecatholicthing.org). His books include: 1492 And All That: Political Manipulations of History (1992), Reinventing the American People: Unity and Diversity Today (1995), The Virgin and the Dynamo: The Use and Abuse of Religion in the Environment Debate(1999, Eerdmans), Dante Alighieri in the Spiritual Legacy Series (1999, Crossroad), and The Catholic Martyrs of the Twentieth Century: A Comprehensive Global History (2000, Crossroad), The Pope’s Army (2006, Crossroad), and The God That Did Not Fail (2006, Encounter). Dr. Royal holds a B.A. and M.A. from Brown University and a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the Catholic University of America. He has taught at Brown University, Rhode Island College, and The Catholic University of America. He received fellowships to study in Italy from the Renaissance Society of America (1977) and as a Fulbright scholar (1978). From 1980 to 1982, he served as editor-in-chief of Prospect magazine in Princeton, New Jersey.
Dr. Michael Hanby
Associate Professor of Religion and Philosophy of Science, Pontifical John Paul II Institute
Bio: Professor Hanby came to the Institute in 2007 from Baylor University where he was Assistant Professor of Theology in the Honors College and Associate Director of the Baylor Institute for Faith and Learning. Before that he was Arthur J. Ennis Fellow in the Humanities at Villanova University. Professor Hanby is author of the 2013 monograph from Wiley-Blackwell, No God, No Science?: Theology, Cosmology, Biology which reassesses the relationship between the doctrine of creation, Darwinian evolutionary biology, and science more generally. He is also author of Augustine and Modernity (Routledge 2003) which is simultaneously a re-reading of Augustine’s Trinitarian theology and a protest against the contemporary argument for continuity between Augustine and Descartes. He has contributed chapters to a number of volumes and is also author of several articles appearing in Communio, Modern Theology, Pro Ecclesia, and Theology Today.
Executive Director, Institute for Catholic Liberal Education
Bio: Elisabeth Sullivan is the Executive Director of the Institute for Catholic Liberal Education. A former journalist, Beth found her passion for Catholic liberal education while exploring authentic formation in faith and reason for her own children. Beth became involved in Catholic education at the local level, serving on boards and researching curricula. She taught literature and writing at St. John Bosco School in East Rochester, New York, an independent Catholic classical school, where she also served as Director of Communications. Beth is a CiRCE Certified Classical Teacher, after having completed a three-year apprenticeship program. Beth holds a B.S. in Humanities from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, and an M.S. from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
Mary Rice Hasson
Kate O’Beirne Fellow, Ethics and Public Policy Center
Co-sponsored by The Institute for Catholic Liberal Education