The lecture will be followed by time for questions and answers, and a social time with refreshments.
“Russ Hittinger is one of our country clearest thinkers when it comes to understanding important concepts like the common good or natural law,” said Dr. John Freeh, director of the Newman Institute. “Such concepts are the very bedrock of civilization. We feel privileged that Dr. Hittinger will be one of the our featured speakers in this year’s Reborn in Wonder series, a lecture series begun to help people better understand the rich contribution made by thinkers and writers from our Catholic tradition.”
Dr. Hittinger is the Warren Chair of Catholic Studies and Research Professor of Law at the University of Tulsa. His approach is informed by his prolific scholarship on the natural law, Catholic social teaching and St. Thomas Aquinas. For the past several years he has worked and published extensively on the history of Catholic social thought since the 18th century.
As a member of multiple pontifical academies and an adviser to the past three pontiffs on their social encyclicals, Hittinger has an exceptional view of the role of the common good within Catholic social teaching. In recent years, he was among the group of scholars who laid the foundation for Pope Francis’ recent encyclical on the environment, “Laudato Si”(On Care for Our Common Home).
The Newman Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture is an integrated humanities program that provides opportunities to engage with fundamental human questions through study of great works and ideas of the Western tradition. The primary initiatives of the Institute include offering accredited humanities courses for college students, sponsoring cultural events and trips, and hosting the “Reborn in Wonder” lecture series.