Lectures 2019-20

The following lectures are supported by a grant by the Jack Miller Center through a grant from M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust.

These lectures are free and open to the public.

Michael Pakaluk, IIMichael Pakaluk

"Is Aristotle a Friend of Liberty?"

Thursday, February 6, 2020 at 7:00 pm 
Hoover 105

Michael Pakaluk is Professor of Ethics and Social Philosophy at The Catholic University of America.  He earned a PhD at Harvard University and is the author of many academic books and articles.

Catherine PakalukCatherine Pakaluk

"Can a Catholic be a Socialist?:  "Lies, Damned Lies, and Socialism."

Wednesday, February 5, 2020 at 7:00 pm 
Hoover 103

Catherine Pakaluk is Professor of Economics at The Catholic University of America.  She earned a PhD at Harvard University and is the author of numerous articles on Catholic social thought.

Gary L. Gregg, IIJeffrey Polet

" Did American Have a Founding?: Reflections on When America Began and Who Founded It."

Thursday, January 30, 2020 at 7:00 pm 
Hoover 102

The publication of the  New York Times “Project 1619” reinvigorated the question of when America began and the meaning of such inquiry. How we understand America’s origins relates to how we understand our present. But what if America was never really “founded?” I’ll explain what a founding entails, how it might apply in the American context, and why the idea of a founding matters.

Jeffrey Polet is Professor of Political Science at Hope College.  He earned a PhD in political philosophy from Catholic University and has written many articles on the American founding. 

Amsa UddinAsma Uddin

"When Islam is Not a Religion”

Tuesday, January 21, 2020 at 6:30 p.m.
Hoover 105

Asma T. Uddin is a religious liberty lawyer and scholar working for the protection of religious expression for people of all faiths in the U.S. and abroad. After graduating from The University of Chicago Law School, Uddin served as Counsel for the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty and as Director of Strategy for the Center for Islam and Religious Freedom in Washington, D.C.  Uddin has worked on religious liberty cases at the U.S. Supreme Court, federal appellate courts, and federal trial courts.

Jeffery Ventrella Jeffery J. Ventrella

" The Gospel: Necessarily Political and Politically Necessary"

Tuesday, November 5, 2019 at 6:30 p.m.
EHS 102

Dr. Ventrella serves as senior counsel and senior vice president of training for Alliance Defending Freedom. In this role, he oversees the design and implementation of the ADF Blackstone Legal Fellowship, a renowned legal internship program for outstanding law students, and the ADF Areté Academy, a corresponding program for college upperclassmen and recent graduates on a path to future leadership positions in law and public policy.

Dr. David Rawson Kelsey Zorzi Fred Gregory

Ambassador David Rawson, Kelsey Zorzi, and Fred Gregory

"Should the US remian in the United Nations?"

Wednesday October 23, 2019 at 5:30 pm
Canyon Commons, 101

To attend, please RSVP at this link by Monday, October 21 at 5:00 p.m.  Dress is business casual.

Born in Addison, Michigan, David Rawson grew up in Central Africa as the son of medical missionaries and returned to the United States to study for B.A. in history at Malone College and M.A. and Ph.D. in international relations at American University. David Rawson taught for six years at Malone College before joining the US Foreign Service in 1971.

In over 28 years of U.S. diplomatic service, largely in Africa, Dr.Rawson engaged regularly with UN field agencies,largely on humanitarian issues. As US ambassador to Rwanda and then to Mali, he worked closely with the UN on peace-keeping programs in both countries. 

Upon retirement from the Foreign Service in 1999, David served as Professor of Political Economy at Spring Arbor University and Distinguished Visiting Professor of Politics at Hillsdale College, both near his family home in Michigan. In 2018, the Rawsons moved to Newberg, Oregon where he is Scholar-in-Residence at George Fox University.

Kelsey Zorzi serves as the Director of Advocacy for Global Religious Freedom with ADF International. She leads efforts to address and counter global persecution against Christians and other religious minorities. Zorzi engages with relevant UN and international bodies as well as U.S.-based institutions, including the U.S. State Department, U.S. Congress, and USCIRF, in order to reassert freedom of religion as foundational to the international human rights framework. In 2018, she was elected president of the United Nations’ NGO Committee on Freedom of Religion or Belief. Zorzi earned her J.D. at the George Washington University Law School.

Through his various international humanitarian initiatives, Fred Gregory has worked to build positive relationships with governments in Somalia, Sudan, Ethiopia, Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan, Afghanistan, China and Bangladesh. He has successfully managed programs funded by U.S. Department of State, United States Agency for International Development, United Nations, European Union and private donors. He has experience working with the UNHCR in refugee environments, mostly in East Africa. He has a Master of Science degree from the University of Oregon and a Bachelor of Science degree from George Fox University.

Book Cover Nicholas Buccola, Professor of Political Science at Linfield College

"The Fire is upon Us:  James Baldwin, William F. Buckley Jr., and the Debate over Race in America"

Tuesday, October 15, 2019 at 6:30 pm
Hoover 105

Professor Buccola is the founding director of the Frederick Douglass Forum on Law, Rights, and Justice.  He is also the author of  The Political Thought of Frederick Douglass: In Pursuit of American Liberty.

David NammoDavid Nammo

Religious Liberty and  the Rule of Law”

Wednesday , September 1 8, 2019 at 6:30 p.m.
Hoover 105

David Nammo has served as executive director and CEO of Christian Legal Society since 2012.   He is the former executive vice president of the Leadership Project for America, where he worked closely with conservative leaders such as former Reagan Attorney General Ed Meese, Publisher Al Regnery, Club for Growth founder Steve Moore, and U.S. Rep. David McIntosh, in preparation for the 2012 election cycle .  David   also was the executive director of the Family Research Council Action (FRCA), the 501(c)(4) arm of the Family Research Council, where he worked on political issues, interfaced with Congress, and met with candidates from across the country. He also started the first PAC for the Family Research Council and engaged in the 2008 election cycle in over 40 states.

Bradley WatsonBradley Watson

“The Living Constitution and the Decline of the Rule of Law”

Monday, September 16, 2019 at 6:30 p.m.
Hoover 105

Dr. Watson is the Philip M. McKenna Chair in American and Western Political Thought  and Co-Director of the Center for Political and Economic Thought  at Saint Vincent CollegeHe has authored or edited many books, including  Living Constitution, Dying Faith: Progressivism and the New Science of Jurisprudence ;  Civil Rights and the Paradox of Liberal Democracy, Courts and the Culture Wars, Ourselves and Our Posterity: Essays in Constitutional Originalism, Civic Education and Culture ;  The Idea of the American University ;   The West at War ;and  Progressive Challenges to the American Constitution: A New Republic?


2018-19 Lectures

Robert P. GeorgeRobert P. George

"Civic Virtues and the Constitution: The Founders' Plan to Protect Liberty and Prevent Tyranny"

Thursday, March 14, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.
Bauman Auditorium

Robert P. George is McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence and Director of the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University. He is also a Visiting Professor at Harvard Law School. He has served as Chairman of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom and as a presidential appointee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. He has also served on the President’s Council on Bioethics and as the U.S. member of UNESCO’s World Commission on the Ethics of Science and Technology. He was a Judicial Fellow at the Supreme Court of the United States, where he received the Justice Tom C. Clark Award. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Swarthmore College, he holds the degrees of J.D. and M.T.S. from Harvard University and the degrees of D.Phil., B.C.L. and D.C.L. from Oxford University, in addition to nineteen honorary degrees. He is a recipient of the U.S. Presidential Citizens Medal and the Honorific Medal for the Defense of Human Rights of the Republic of Poland, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Baylor University has named its new Washington, D.C.-based program the “Robert P. George Initiative in Faith, Ethics, and Public Policy.” Professor George’s most recent book is Conscience and Its Enemies (ISI Books).

Nathan KozuskanichNathan R. Kozuskanich

"Fighting Founder: John Dickinson and (not) Bearing Arms in the Early Republic"

Wednesday, October 17, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.
Hoover 105

Nathan is Associate Professor  of  history at Nipissing University in North Bay, Ontario,

and Assistant Editor at the John Dickinson Writings Project. He is the  author   of   Benjamin   Franklin: American Founder, Atlantic Citizen , and co-editor  of   The Second Amendment on Trial

Daniel DreisbachDaniel L. Dreisbach, PhD

Constitution Day Address: "The Bible and the American Constitutional Tradition"

Monday, September 17, 2018 at 6:30 p.m.
Hoover 105

Daniel L. Dreisbach is a professor in the School of Public Affairs at American University.

Dreisbach earned a doctor of philosophy degree from Oxford University, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar, and a juris doctor degree from the University of Virginia. He has authored or edited 10 books, including, most recently, Reading the Bible with the Founding Fathers (Oxford University Press, 2017).

For more information about the lectures, please contact Mark David Hall at mhall@georgefox.edu.

Mark David Hall, Director
Herbert Hoover Professor of Politics
Faculty Fellow, George Fox University Honors Program
George Fox University