Lectures, Conversations, and Debates


Every semester, the Dallas Forum sponsors several academic lectures, debates, or other public discussions. These take place either on the University of Dallas campus or elsewhere in the Metroplex. Topics range from contemporary public issues to their philosophical underpinnings. 

Why Benedict XVI Matters

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Fr. John Bayer, O. Cist.

Dr. Daniel Burns (University of Dallas)

Dr. Matthew Walz (University of Dallas)

April 2023

What has Rome to do with Jerusalem? The Holy City and the Formation of a Western Identity 

Dr. Jon Paul Heyne (University of Dallas)

October 2022

Latino Agency: Becoming a Force to be Reckoned With 

Daniel Garza (LIBRE Initiative)

Response by

Dr. Mark Petersen (University of Dallas)

November 2021 

Benedict XVI on Law and Conscience: The Bundestag Speech, Ten Years Later






Dr. Daniel Burns (University of Dallas)

Dr. Richard Dougherty (University of Dallas)

Dr. Angela Knobel (University of Dallas)

October 2021

Lessons Learned in the COVID-19 Pandemic Response 

Dr. Peter McCullough (Truth for Health Foundation)

Response by

Dr. William Stigall (Cook Children’s Medical Center)

September 2021

Natural Rights, Natural Law, and the Founding Era 

Dr. Samuel Gregg (Acton Institute)

March 2021

Learning to Love Lincoln: Frederick Douglass’s Journey from Grievance to Gratitude 

Dr. Diana Schaub (Loyola University Maryland)

Response by

Dr. Susan Hanssen (University of Dallas)

October 2020


The Future of Religious Freedom Jurisprudence: Open Questions and Possible Resolutions 

Andrew Graham (First Liberty Institute)

September 2020


Does Wealth Distort the Political Process? The Question of Campaign Finance

John Pudner (Take Back Our Republic)

February 2020

When Harry Became Sally: Responding to the Transgender Moment

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Dr. Ryan Anderson (Ethics and Public Policy Center)

February 2018

Why a Flourishing Free Economy Requires a Flourishing Family

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Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse (Ruth Institute)

September 2018

The Vocation of a Judge

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April 2017

Living Professional Ethics in a Time of Scandal

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Dr. Michael Pakaluk (Catholic University of America)

March 2018

Gender Identity: True and False

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Dr. Catherine Pakaluk (Catholic University of America)

March 2018

Recovering the Case for Capitalism: the Moral Foundations of Market Economics

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Dr. Yuval Levin (American Enterprise Institute)

October 2017

On the Vocation of a Business Leader

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Dr. Michael Naughton (University of St. Thomas)

September 2016

How to Win (and Lose) at the Supreme Court

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John Bursch (Alliance Defending Freedom)

November 2022

John Fisher and Thomas More: Keeping Their Souls While Losing Their Heads

Judge Robert Conrad (U.S. District Court, W. Dist. North Carolina)

Response by

Dr. Christopher Wolfe (University of Dallas)

September 2022

The Future of Conscience Rights in Healthcare: What Medical Professionals Need to Know 

Roger Severino (Ethics and Public Policy Center)

October 2021

Schools and the Confrontation with Transgenderism 

Katherine Kersten (Center of the American Experiment)

 April 2021

Biden, the Swamp, and the Trump Effect

Dr. Richard Dougherty (University of Dallas) 

January 2021

A Political Theorist Goes to Washington: What I Learned in a Year of Government Service

Dr. Daniel Burns (University of Dallas)

October 2020 


The Supreme Court, Civil Rights, and Transgenderism: The Bostock Revolution

Mary Rice Hasson (Ethics and Public Policy Center)

Response by

Dr. David Upham (University of Dallas)

September 2020

Cicero’s Greatest Political Challenge

Dr. Gerard Wegemer (University of Dallas)

February 2020

Competing Views on Providing Access to Healthcare for Americans

James Capretta (American Enterprise Institute)

Dr. Brett Stauffer (Baylor Scott and White Health)

January 2020

Integrating Faith and Politics in a Polarized World: On Being a Pro-Life Democrat

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Rep. Dan Lipinski

(U.S. House of Representatives, D. Ill.)

April 2019

The Economics and Politics of Race


Jason Riley (Wall Street Journal and Manhattan Institute)

September 2019

Are There Alternatives to Mass Incarceration?

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Dr. Chris Suprenant (University of New Orleans)

February 2019

Why Liberalism Failed


Patrick Deneen (University of Notre Dame)

November 2018

The Sexual State: Why the Government is Wrong, and Why We Were Right All Along

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Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse (Ruth Institute)

September 2018

Why the Humanities?


Dr. Donald Drakeman (University of Notre Dame)

January 2017

Seeking Solidarity in the Age of Trump

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Dr. Yuval Levin (American Enterprise Institute)

October 2017

The Opioid Crisis in America

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John Walters (Hudson Institute, Former White House "Drug Czar")

October 2017

Wandering Toward the Altar


Dr. W. Bradford Wilcox (University of Virginia)

October 2015
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