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2015 Ciceronian Society Conference

The 2015 Ciceronian Society Conference at Mount Saint Mary’s University (Emmitsburg, Maryland), March 12th – 14th: We are pleased to announce that John Zmirak, Ph.D., will be our keynote speaker. The Zmirak lecture will be held in the Knott Auditorium on Saturday, March 14th, at 1pm. The lecture is free for conference registrants, but a $20 fee will be charged to the general public and collected at the door. If you are interested in registering for the conference, please contact The registration fee is $150, and this includes meals and panel attendance. The Ciceronian Society encourages the study of topics related to tradition, place, and ‘things divine.’ This year’s program is as follows:


Thursday, March 12th

Cocktails and Greeting (Horning Hospitality Suite): 5:00pm – 5:45pm

Dinner (Horning Hospitality Suite): 5:45pm – 7:30pm

Speaker: John Larrivee, Mount Saint Mary’s University (“How Different Views of the Human Condition Shape Economic Theory and Social Theory about Economic Phenomena: Lessons from the 20th Century Economic Experiments”)

Friday, March 13th (All Events in O’Hara Dinning Room)

9:00-10:30am: Political Pursuits of the Good

Dennis Durst, Kentucky Christian University, (Social Reform and Hereditary Criminal)

Erik Root, West Liberty University, (Grant and Slavery)

Jack Kerwick, Ph.D., College Professor and Public Intellectual (TBA)

10:45am-12:15pm: Religion, Politics, and Music:

John Wilsey, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, (“Civil Religion, Exceptionalism, and Patriotism”)

Jerry Salyer, Bellarmine University, (“What is Patriotism?: Propositional Versus Traditionalist Perspectives”)

Jeff Taylor, Dordt College, (“The Politics of Bob Dylan”)

12:15-1:45pm: Lunch (MSM Cafeteria)

2:00-3:30pm: Roundtable on Harry Jaffa’s Thought and Legacy:

Jason Jividian, St. Vincent College

Paul Gottfried, Elizabethtown College, Emeritus

Ken Masugi, Ashland University

3:45-5:15pm: Political Theology and Biblical Interpretation

Annie Lefler, University of Scranton (“Kant’s Treatment of the Sublime”)

Nathan Lefler, The University of Scranton, (“Naming God’s Language: Theological Implications of the Use of Acrostic as a Structural Device in Some Proverbs and Psalms”)

James Patterson, James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions
Princeton University (“’He That Hath Ears, Let Him Hear:’ Religious Political Foundations and American Political Development”)

Dinner: On Own

Saturday, March 14th

8:45-10:15am (O’Hara): Aristocracy and Medieval History

Ethan Alexander-Davey, University of Virginia, (Aristocracy and Modernity)

William Batchelder, Waynesburg University, (“Philip Rieff’s Concept of Charisma: Some Applications in Medieval Hagiography”)

Macon Boczek, Kent State University (“John Courtney Murray’s Arguments for Religious Liberty”) (Remarks presented by Peter Haworth)

10:30am-12:00pm (O’Hara): American Political Thought

Joseph Postell, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, (“The Controlling Power of Organization: Constitutional Conservatism and Parties as Republican Organizations”)

Joseph Devaney, East Georgia State College, (Same-Sex Marriage, Federalism, and the Court: Current and Coming Case Law)

Joshua Bowman, Catholic University of America, (Thoreau and the Environmental Imagination)

Lunch (O’Hara): 12:00-1:00pm (MSM Cafeteria)

1:00-3:00pm (Knott Auditorium): Keynote Speaker- John Zmirak (Catholic Social Teaching, Illiberal Catholicism, Catholic Subculture)

3:15-4:45pm (Knott Auditorium): Wendell Berry, Benjamin Franklin, and Aristotle

Sean Lewis, Mount Saint Mary’s University, (“Things Divine in Wendell Berry’s Hannah Coulter: Bringing the Epic to the Farm”)

Kevin Slack, Hillsdale College, (Benjamin Franklin) 

Gregory Sadler, Marist College, (“Anger’s Importance in the Aristotelian Tradition of Moral Theory”) (Remarks presented by Christopher Anadale) 

Cocktails (Location TBA)): 4:45-5:15pm

Saturday Dinner (O’Hara): 5:30-7:30pm

Speaker: Dean Joshua Hochschild, Mount Saint Mary’s University

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