The Catholic University of America

The Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies at The Catholic University of America is a community of scholars and researchers engaged in the analysis of public policy issues related to Catholic social thought.  The work of the Institute serves and speaks to the university, the Church, the country, and the disciplines of its fellows.

IPR Video Contest

The results are in! To see who won this year's video contest, please visit our blog page.***

Upcoming Events

Brownbag Lecture with Kristina Arriaga, Executive Director of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty (Wednesday, April 24, 2014).  Please click here to register.***

Erroneous Autonomy: The Catholic Case Against Libertarianism (Tuesday, June 3, 2014)
A range of Catholic experts look at libertarianism and why it is incompatible with Catholic social teaching. The experts will examine libertarian economic, political and cultural ideas and contrast these with Catholic understandings. The keynote will be given by Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez, Archbishop of Tegucigalpa, Honduras and Chairman of the Council of Cardinals that advises Pope Francis on the universal governance of the Catholic Church.  Please click here to register.***

Spiritual Leadership For Challenging Times: Leading From the Emerging Future (Saturday, June 7, 2014)
The goal of this full-day event is to expose participants to the spiritual leadership practices used by the Leadership Conference of Women Religious and its member congregations, as a way of planting seeds or expanding awareness about a different way of leading, a way that is inclusive, community-centered, more democratic, and wholly spiritual/contemplative.  The hope is that by planting seeds, participants can begin to imagine how Spiritual Leadership practices could be used for informative work in their own organizations and communities.  The conference will also invite people to identify specific next steps for beginning this work. To register online and pay with a credit card for the $15 lunch click here.  To register online (but you will be bringing your own lunch) click here.  If you are interested in sending in a $15 check for lunch please email for more information.***

Past Events

Brownbag Lecture with Rev. Charlie Currie, S.J.  The Executive Director of the Jesuit Commons at Georgetown University spoke on the subject of “Religion & Public Life.” ***

Brownbag Lecture with Ambassador Suzan Johnson Cook. Former Ambassador At-Large for International Religious Freedom spoke on the subject of "Religion & Public Life."***

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