Conference Presentations and lectures


                            "Leo Strauss and the Recovery of Medieval Islamic Political Philosophy"                              Philosophy Department Colloquium, Gonzaga University, April 27, 2017

                                                “Augustine’s Confessions on Art and Politics”                                                     Northwest Early Christian Studies Seminar. Portland, Oregon. April 1, 2017

                          "What Tocqueville Saw in Ireland in 1835: Photographs from His Footsteps"                                  Gonzaga University, March 2, 2017    

                                 “Albert the Great, Alain de Libera, and the Question of “Averroism”                                                           Northeastern Political Science Association. Boston, Mass. Nov. 12, 2016

                   “On the Importance of the Tripartite Soul of the Republic to Augustine’s Confessions"                                           International Society for Neoplatonic Studies. Seattle, Wash. June 18, 2016           

                                         “Albert the Great’s Reading of Aristotle’s Political Philosophy”                                                         Northeastern Political Science Association. Philadelphia, Penn.  Nov. 12, 2015 

                                                           “‘By Savoring, Not By Reasoning’?                                                                                  The Paradoxes of Halevi’s Assessment of Philosophy and Judaism in the Kuzari                                                  American Political Science Association, San Francisco, Sept. 5, 2015

                                          “Leo Strauss’s Critique of Modern Political Philosophy                                                                          and Ernest Fortin’s Critique of Modern ‘Catholic Social Teaching’”                                                Conference on Leo Strauss and his Catholic Readers, Assumption College, June 5, 2015

                          “Prophet, King, and Philosopher in Jewish, Christian, and Islamic Thought”                                        Catherine and Henry J. Giasman Memorial Lecture, Tulane University, April 19, 2015                                                         (panel presentation with Joshua Parens and Joseph Macfarland) 

                           “Augustine’s Appropriation of Plato’s Understanding of Art and Politics”                                                         Northeast Political Science Association, Boston, Mass., Nov. 13, 2014

             “Augustine’s Argument With Natural Rights—and With the Christians Who Love Them”               The Ernest L. Fortin Memorial Lecture, Assumption College, March 21, 2014 

       “Leo Strauss on Why Aristotle is the Founder of Political Science but Not of Political Philosophy”                                American Catholic Philosophical Association, Indianapolis, Ind., Nov. 2, 2013

                                           “Thomas Aquinas’s Hebraic Political Philosophy”                                                                                    Institute for Advanced Studies at the Shalem Center conference:                                            Philosophical Investigation of the Hebrew Scriptures, Talmud, and Midrash, Jerusalem, July 23, 2013

                       “Self-Limitation as a Virtue of Soul: Solzhenitsyn and the Human Future”                                                                      Gonzaga-in-Florence, Florence, February 23, 2013

                                              “What Might We Learn from Jane Austen?”                                                                           Seattle Chesterton Society, Newman Center, University of Washington, April, 2012

                                “Harry Jaffa’s Thomism and Aristotelianism After 60 Years”                                                         Claremont Institute, at the American Political Science Association, Seattle, August, 2011

                                                    “Tocqueville’s Journey to Ireland”                                                                                                  American Maritain Association, Canton, Ohio, Oct. 15, 2010.

                        “How Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn Remembered in The Gulag Archipelago                                                   Garaventa Center for Catholic Intellectual Life and American Culture conference                                                            at the University of Portland.  Portland, Oregon, April 17, 2010

                        “Augustine as Defender and Critic of Leo Strauss’s Esotericism Thesis”                                                    American Catholic Philosophical Association, New Orleans, La., Nov. 14, 2009

                           “Between Numa and Zeno:  Cicero’s Program for Religious Reform”                                                             American Political Science Association, Boston, Mass., August 2008

                                                     “Jane Austen as Christian Author”                                                                                                                   Gonzaga Socratic Club, October, 2008

            “Jane Austen and Aristotle’s Teaching on Friendship: The Case of Pride and Prejudice                                          Institute for Faith and Learning, Baylor University, October 27, 2007

                                             “What Can We Learn From Jane Austen?”                                                                                      Gonzaga University College of Arts and Sciences, October 18, 2007 

                       “Common Natural Law Mistakes that Thomas Aquinas Does Not Make”                                                                      Assumption College, Worcester, Mass., April, 2007

                     “Leo Strauss’s Criticism of Thomas Aquinas’s Understanding of Conscience”                                                American Political Science Association, Philadelphia, Penn., August 31, 2006

                                 “Tocqueville and Benedict XVI on Catholicism and Politics”                                                                                       Gonzaga Socratic Club, November 10, 2006

                                                                “Teaching Tocqueville”                                                                                            Association for Core Texts and Courses, Vancouver, British Columbia, April 2005

                                     “Romans 2:14-16, Natural Law, and the Naturalist Fallacy”                                                                                           Gonzaga Socratic Club, October 8, 2004

                                                        “Teaching Augustine’s Confessions                                                                                              Association for Core Texts and Courses, Irving, Texas, April 2004

                                “Augustine on the Role of Natural Science in Christian Education”                                                                     Institute for Faith and Learning, Baylor University, March 2004

   “‘The Art of Turning Around’: Liberating Education and the Gonzaga University Core Curriculum”                                Jerry Tucker Memorial Lecture, Gonzaga University, November 7, 2002

                                 “What Does Ernest Fortin Have to Say to Political Philosophers?”                                                Claremont Institute, at the American Political Science Association, Boston, August, 2002

                                               “The Life and Times of Patrick, Bishop of Ireland”                                                                                           Gonzaga Catholic Studies Concentration, March 2001

                          “St. Francis of Assisi and the Problem of Poverty in the Thirteenth Century”                                                                Gonzaga Catholic Studies Concentration, October 2, 2000  

                                            “St. Augustine and the Problem of the Christian Prince”                                                                                    Intercollegiate Studies Institute, Ashland, Oregon, 1998

                                                           “Moderation Ancient and Modern”                                                                   Institute for the Study of Politics and Religion, Institute of Medieval Philosophy and Theology,                                                   and the Lonergan Institute, Boston College, October 25, 1997

                                “The Hidden Pedagogy of Augustine’s Quotations in De magistro                                            Patristics, Medieval, and Renaissance Conference, Villanova University, September 13, 1997

                                                   “The ‘Universality’ of Western Civilization”                                                                                       Intercollegiate Studies Institute, Snoqualmie, Washington, 1997

                    “Adam Smith on the Coincidence of the Individual Good and the Good of All”                                                      Philosophy Department Faculty Colloquium, Gonzaga University, 1995

                                            “Montesquieu and Augustine on the Fall of Rome”                                                            Patristics, Medieval, and Renaissance Conference, Villanova University, September, 1994  

                                   “Albert the Great’s Commentary on the Politics of Aristotle”                                                       International Congress of Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, May, 1994

       “Rousseau’s Civil Religion: Defending Republican Rome Against Locke’s Teaching on Toleration”                                      American Political Science Association, Washington, D.C., 1993

                            “The Virtue of Religion in the Political Thought of Thomas Aquinas”                                                       Patristics, Medieval, and Renaissance Conference, Villanova University, 1990