Published: Nov. 21, 2016
2016-17 Visiting Scholar of Conservative Thought and Policy Francis Beckwith

St. Aidan's Episcopal Church is hosting a brief lunch and conversation with Francis Beckwith, the Conservative Thought and Policy program's visiting scholar for the 2016-17 academic year, at noon Wednesday, Nov. 30, in UMC 245.

If you go
When: Wednesday, Nov. 30, noon
Where: University Memorial Center, room 245 

Beckwith's talk, titled "Juris, Fides, et Ratio: What Judges and Some Legal Scholars Miss About Reason and Religious Beliefs," will discuss how religious beliefs and religious believers are assessed by powerful actors in our public life (e.g. legal scholars and judges) and how those beliefs and believers are sometimes mischaracterized and misunderstood by those who are critical of the influence of religion and religious citizens in politics or the formation of law.

The Conservative Thought and Policy program began in 2013 as a way to promote intellectual diversity on campus and is supported entirely by private funds. The program seeks highly visible scholars who are deeply engaged in either the analytical scholarship or practice of conservative thinking and policymaking or both. Visiting scholars may hold the title for one or two years and are expected to teach a load commensurate with his or her field and offer public lectures, public seminars and/or informal discussions with students and the public.

There is no charge or reservation required for this event. If you are interested in attending, please contact Mary-Kate Rejouis, rector at St. Aidan's, at