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Researching the Spiritual, the Religious, and the In Between

Researching the Spiritual, the Religious, and the In Between

It’s a common refrain these days. When a discussion of faith comes up, many will respond that they consider themselves “spiritual, but not religious.” In November, the Institute co-sponsored a one-day conference with the University of California Riverside (UCR)...
Patrick Pascal Joins Institute Board

Patrick Pascal Joins Institute Board

The Institute is very pleased to announce that Patrick Pascal, president of Chelsea Management Co. in Los Angeles, California, has agreed to join the Institute’s Board of Directors. Mr. Pascal also serves on the Advisory Board for the USC Caruso Catholic Center,...
True Wealth of Nations: The Common Good Conference

True Wealth of Nations: The Common Good Conference

It almost sounds like a challenge, or the beginning of a not-terribly-promising joke: What happens when you put 12 scholars – theologians, economists, philosophers and social scientists – in a room together for four days and ask them to consider a subject as broad and...
The Institute Mourns the Loss of Two Friends

The Institute Mourns the Loss of Two Friends

It is with great sadness that we report the passing of two of the Institute’s most ardent supporters and dearest friends. Elizabeth Anne Plumleigh of Santa Ana, CA, known to her many friends and admirers as “Betty,” passed away on January 19, 2014 at the age of 87. A...
Fr. Heft Receives NCEA Leadership Award

Fr. Heft Receives NCEA Leadership Award

On April 22, at a ceremony at the annual convention of the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) Institute President and Alton Brooks Professor Fr. Heft was the recipient of the 2014 Michael J. Guerra Leadership Award in recognition of his leadership and...
The Economic Logic of the Humanities

The Economic Logic of the Humanities

By Jacob Soll The end of the arts and letters in America is nigh, or so we’ve been told. Harvard University, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and countless op-ed writers and conference panelists have stepped forward to issue a familiar defense of the power...