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Education, Faith and Politics: From Blue-Collar Chicago to a Ph.D. and the House of Representatives

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Tuesday, July 27, 2021

6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Online Event


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Margarita Mooney Clayton, Ph.D.

Chairperson of the Board of Trustees and Executive Director

Scala Foundation

Daniel Lipinski, Ph.D.

Event Overview

In this webinar, Daniel Lipinski, Ph.D., a political scientist who served eight terms in the United States House of Representatives, will reflect on the intersection of faith, politics and education. He will also share the motivations that led him to first pursue a Ph.D. in Politics, be an Assistant Professor of Politics for 16 years, and won a seat in the United States House of Representatives, where he focused on transportation, science, and family issues. Writers like Alexis de Tocqueville, W.E.B Dubois, John Dewey, Jacques Maritain and many others all though that education was crucial to democracy. What are the moral and intellectual virtues students should expect to acquire through education? Has what we understand by democracy changed—and if so, does the content of school curricula need to change? Does purpose of education need to change in order to address our current social and political divisions? How important is free speech to college campus and American democracy? Does liberal democracy rest on some sort of tradition? Is faith in God a permissible premise for public policy, including education? What responsibilities do American educational institutions have to respond to public policy challenges, both in the U.S. and globally? How can we thoughtfully and productively work with others with whom we might disagree on some issues?

Click here to visit Dr. Lipinski’s website

And check out some of Dr. Lipinski’s recent publications and media appearances:

Interview: “Dan Lipinski – ‘The partisan divide is a sectarian divide'”

Article: “Catholic Politicians Abortion and the Eucharist”

Article: “No Compromise on Life: I narrowly lost my congressional seat but don’t regret my stance on abortion”

Article: “Carrying Jesus into the Public Square: A Reflection on Faith and Partisanship for Young Catholics as They Graduate from College”