The Catholic University of America

The landmark papal encyclical, Rerum Novarum—“Of New Things”, appeared in May of 1891.  This conference, featuring major addresses by His Eminence, Cardinal Peter Turkson, President of the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, and by John Sweeney, former President of the AFL-CIO, celebrates the encyclical’s 120th anniversary.  

Written by Pope Leo XIII, Rerum Novarum was the Church’s blueprint for its engagement with the moral imperatives posed by the modern world.  In particular the encyclical marked the Church’s embracing of its mission for justice and morality in the economy, in political life, and in society.  Organized by the Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies, The Catholic University of America, the conference traces the legacy of Rerum Novarum through the Church’s 20th century and contemporary policy engagements, with special attention to the Church’s work on questions of labor, economy, justice, and government.


Monday, May 2, 2011
Great Room 320B, Pryzbyla Center

9:00 a.m.                

Continental Breakfast and Sign-In

9:30 a.m.              

Welcome and Purpose of Conference
John Garvey, J.D.
President: The Catholic University of America

9:45 a.m.-11:15 a.m. (First Panel)

 

 

 

Roundtable: Do Rerum Novarum and Catholic Social Teachings Matter Today?

·         EJ Dionne
University Professor, Public Policy Institute, Georgetown University

·         Harold Meyerson
Editor-at-large, The American Prospect

·         David Walsh
Professor, The Catholic University of America

11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. (Second Panel)

History Overview: Rerum Novarum and Its Impact.

·         Gerry Fogarty, Ph.D., S.J.
Professor, University of Virginia

·         Maria Mazzenga, Ph.D.
Archivist, The Catholic University of America

·         Tim Meagher, Ph.D.
Professor, The Catholic University of America

1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m. (Lunch)

Keynote Address:
John Sweeney
Former president of AFL-CIO

2:15 p.m.-3:45 p.m. (Third Panel)    

Rerum Novarum and Contemporary Public Policy

·         Fr. Cletus Kiley
Director: Immigration Policy, Unite Here

·         John Carr
Exc. Director: Justice, Peace, & Human Development, USCCB

·         Kathy Saile
Director: Domestic Social Development, USCCB

·         Alexia K. Kelley
Deputy Director: WH Office of Faith-Based & Neighborhood Partnerships

3:45 p.m.               

Closing Remarks
Stephen Schneck, Ph.D.
Director: Institute for Policy Research & Catholics Studies, The Catholic University of America


Tuesday, May 3, 2011
Great Room 320, Pryzbyla Center

6:00 p.m.-6:45 p.m.        

Reception

6:50 p.m.

Introduction
Stephen Schneck, Ph.D.
Director: Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies, The Catholic University of America

7:00 p.m. 

Main Address:
Cardinal Peter Kodwo Appiah Turkson
President of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace

7:30 p.m.         

Response
John Sweeney
Former President of the AFL-CIO

7:45 p.m.       

Response
Bishop Stephen E. Blaire, Diocese of Stockton
Chariman Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, USCCB



Videos

Warning: First video is initially very loud  

May 3, 2011 
His Eminence Cardinal Turkson
 

Speakers

His Eminence Cardinal Turkson
Tuesday, May 3rd

John Sweeney
Monday, May 2nd
Tuesday, May 3rd

Bishop Stephen E. Blaire
Tuesday, May 3rd

John Garvey, J.D.
Monday, May 2nd

Stephen Schneck, Ph.D.
Monday, May 2nd
Tuesday, May 3rd

First Panel
Monday, May, 2nd

EJ Dionne
Harold Meyerson
David Walsh, Ph.D.

Second Panel
Monday, May 2nd

Gerry Fogarty, Ph.D.
Maria Mazzenga, Ph.D.
Tim Meagher, Ph.D.

Third Panel
Monday, May 2nd

 Fr. Cletus Kiley
 John Carr
 Kathy Saile
 Alexia K. Kelley