Date:  April 24, 2017 Topic: Paul Horwitz, Gordon Rosen Professor of Law at University of Alabama School of Law, will present.Horwitz is a leader in First Amendment scholarship. At University of Alabama Schoool of Law, he teaches courses pertaining to constitutional law, law and religion, and legal profession. He has authored numerous articles on the first amendment along with two books The Agnostic Age: Law, Religion, and the Constitution and First Amendment Institutions. He is a member of the popular legal blog Prawfsblawg and has written for The New York Times. He has been a visiting professor at University of Iowa, Notre Dame, and theRead More →

Date: March 8, 2016 Topic: Why Madison Was Right: We Don’t Need the First Amendment—The Changing Political Economy of Exemptions. Speakers: Noah Feldman, Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law and Director of the Julis-Rabinowitz Program on Jewish and Israeli Law at Harvard Law School.Feldman specializes in constitutional studies, with particular emphasis on the relationship between law and religion, constitutional design and the history of legal theory. His lecture will discuss what protects religious liberty in the U.S.—the Constitution or the country’s inherent religious diversity—and how the changing perspectives on religious exemptions have affected that protection.Feldman received his AB summa cum laude in Near Eastern Languages andRead More →

Date: March 26, 2014 Topic: Through the generosity of Professor Giannella’s family, colleagues, Law School alumni, and other friends, this lecture series brings a leading scholar to Villanova each year. This year, Professor Susan Stabile of the University of St. Thomas School of Law presented her lecture entitled, “What is Religious ‘Persecution’ in a Pluralist Society?” Professor Stabile is among the nation’s leading scholars on pensions and employee benefits, and on the intersection of Catholic social thought and the law. Speaker: Professor Susan Stabile, University of St. Thomas School of LawRead More →

Date: October 16, 2014 Topic: Professor Carl J. Schramm is an internationally recognized leader in entrepreneurship, innovation and economic growth, and was appointed University Professor at Syracuse University following a decade as president of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. Under his leadership, the Kauffman Foundation grew into a global institution, becoming the largest private funder of economic research related to growth and innovation. Professor Schramm initiated many efforts in education, spearheading the Kauffman Campus Program at 17 universities and establishing the first charter school in the United States to be owned by a grant-making foundation and began his career as a member of the faculty atRead More →