Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology is proud to welcome Michael Novak to speak on the topic "Pope Saint John Paul II and Pope Francis on an Authentically Human Economy" on Monday, November 16, at 7 p.m. in Jubilee Hall Auditorium.
Novak's lecture will provide a unique opportunity to hear insights into the moral ideals of a capitalistic society from an exceptionally popular speaker and teacher who has delivered commentary through his books and lectures nationally and internationally.
His latest book, Social Justice Isn't What You Think It Is, will be available for purchase and book signing in Jubilee Hall on the evening of his lecture.
About the Speaker
Michael Novak is a theologian, author, teacher, husband and father. He is a retired George Frederick Jewett Scholar in Religion, Philosophy, and Public Policy at the American Enterprise Institute. He served as human rights ambassador under Ronald Reagan in 1981 and 1982 and led the U.S. delegation to the Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe in 1986. Novak was awarded the Templeton Prize for Progress in Religion in 1994, a distinction he shares with Mother Teresa, the 14th Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu. As an author, Novak has been involved in the writing and editing of more than 45 books. As an educator, his curriculum vitae includes teaching at Hartford, Stanford, SUNY Old Westbury, Syracuse and Notre Dame. Since 2010, Novak has maintained a home base in southwest Florida, where he continues his work as a visiting professor at Ave Maria University while preparing his latest book, Social Justice Isn't What You Think It Is, which will be released in November.
Michael Novak was a respected ally and friend of Pope Saint John Paul II. Novak's biography states that he considers his "greatest honor to be that Pope John Paul II several times mentioned him in public as his friend." In a 2014 Op-Ed, Jerry Bower of Forbes Magazine referred to Novak as "the scholar who taught John Paul II to appreciate capitalism."