About The Institute

Welcome to the Institute for Advanced Catholic Studies. 

Established to create dialogue, spark ideas, inspire deep thinking, and support important and profound interdisciplinary, interfaith research rooted in the rich Catholic intellectual tradition.

Racism in the Catholic Church

What is a working definition of racism? What has the Universal Church said about racism throughout history? What happened when theology clashed with slavery in America? Where is a road that can lead to racial equality in the 21st century? [VIEW VIDEO...]

Religion in America: Where We Stand Today

Throughout the second half of the 20th century, religious leaders, movements, ideas and institutions figured prominently in American culture and politics. Co-sponsored Pepperdine Center for Faith and Learning. [VIEW VIDEO...]

Evangelicals and Catholics: Yesterday and Today

Leading Evangelical theologian and philosopher, Richard Mouw, explores the relationship between Catholics and Evangelicals in the United States, both past and present. [VIEW VIDEO...]

Religions and Homelessness High Level Roundtable

Over 50 religious and civic leaders, including Archbishop José H. Gómez, gathered to share ideas regarding the homelessness crisis and how their communities can provide practical aid. [VIEW VIDEO...]

Being American Muslims: A Conversation

CONDON LECTURE SERIES - A mother and son share their experience.

One World Trade Center: Beauty and Grace

CONDON LECTURE SERIES - Acclaimed author, historian and artist Judith Dupré explores the power of architecture through the lens of One World Trade Center. 

A Journey from Atheism to Catholicism

CONDON LECTURE SERIES - In 2012, writer, blogger, intellectual (she’s a graduate of Yale) and avowed atheist Leah Libresco stunned her readers by announcing she was converting to Catholicism.


October 2017

Good Without God?

Is it possible to be good without God? That was the question that I discussed last spring with the former Evangelical leader Bart Campolo, now an atheist. It was a cordial but pointed discussion between us.

Event Videos

Videos from past events.