Budget Wars and Culture Wars: What the 2012 Election Means for the American Future,
Wednesday, September 19, 2012, 7:30 p.m., University of St. Thomas, Jones Hall, 3910 Yoakum, Houston, TX 77006
Ross Douthat is not only the youngest ever Op-Ed Columnist for the New York Times, but one who investigates the issues and dares to present views that do not coincide with the Times’ political stance. He has authored several books on the political/religious divide of the 21st century. Douthat is this year’s Archbishop J. Michael Miller Lecturer, honored as a Catholic professional expert who has overcome the dichotomy of faith and life and risen to greatness precisely by embodying the values of the Catholic Intellectual Tradition in professional practice.
The Archbishop J. Michael Miller Lecture of 2012 is poised to address the “tipping points” of the national elections virtually on our doorstep. The issues to be determined, both on the federal and state levels through voter choice, require intellectual acuity but are also charged with emotion. All regions of the United States suffer the effects of high unemployment and a stalled economy, hotly debate the real effects of health care legislation and the future of Medicare/Medicaid, and either laud or protest federal restrictions on religious freedom and personal conscience. The lecture, made possible through the generosity of the John W. and Alida Considine Foundation, is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Sr. Paula Jean Miller, FSE, at 713-525-6989.