Academic Conferences

Humanae Vitae at 45:
Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Holiness

September 27-28, 2013

Conference Itinerary


  • 2:30 Call to Order
    • Welcome by Fr. Sean Sheridan, TOR
    • Announcements
  • 3:00 Session I: Humanae Vitae and its History
    • Presentation by Fr. Peter Ryan, S.J., STD, Executive Director for the Secretariat of Doctrinal and Canonical Affairs, USCCB (theologian, he will focus on the historical reasons leading to the promulgation of Humanae Vitae)
    • Response by Dr. Alan Schreck, Professor of Theology
    • Discussion
    • Break
  • 5:30 Dinner
  • 7:00 Session II: Humanae Vitae and Biology
    • Presentation by Richard Fehring, PhD, RN, Marquette University (biomedical expert, he will focus on the NFP method, its development and efficacy, and issues of marital health in the context of the teachings of Humanae Vitae)
    • Response by Dr. Derek Doroski, Professor of Biology
    • Discussion
    • Break
  • 9:00 Reception


  • 8:00 Session III: Humanae Vitae and the Law
    • Presentation by Teresa Collett, JD, University of St. Thomas, School of Law (legal expert, she will focus on legal challenges to living in accord with Humanae Vitae)
    • Response by Dr. Brian Scarnecchia, Associate Professor of Human Life Studies and Legal Studies
    • Discussion
    • Break
  • 10:00 Mass with Father Sean Sheridan, TOR, principal con-celebrant
  • 11:15 Session IV: Humanae Vitae and Philosophy
    • Presentation by Jennifer Frey, PhD, University of Chicago (philosopher, she will focus on ethical and anthropological aspects of the teachings of Humane Vitae)
    • Response by Dr. Patrick Lee, John N. and Jamie D. McAleer Chair in Bioethics
    • Discussion
    • Break
  • 1:00 Lunch
  • 2:30 Session V: Humanae Vitae and Theology
    • Presentation by Michael Waldstein, PhD, Ave Maria University (theologian, he will focus on the theological underpinnings of the teachings of Humanae Vitae)
    • Response by Dr. Donald Asci, Professor of Theology
    • Discussion
    • Goodbyes and thanks
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