New student-run Society hosts inaugural lecture at Thomas More College

by Thomas More College on January 4, 2009

by Jacinta Latawiec, Thomas More College Senior

Dr. Barry Cooper, professor in Political Science at the University of Calgary in Alberta, Canada

Dr. Barry Cooper, professor in Political Science at the University of Calgary in Alberta, Canada

On December 11, 2008, Thomas More College welcomed Dr. Barry Cooper, professor in Political Science at the University of Calgary in Alberta, Canada.  Dr. Cooper lectured on the topic of “Terrorism and New Political Religions Today.” Dr. Cooper was asked to lecture on terrorism, in particular, as it was the focus of his book New Political Religions, or An Analysis of Modern Terrorism, a book read by Thomas More College students in political science. It was, in fact, Dr. Cooper’s place in the curriculum of both the Modern Ideologies and International Relations courses that made him an appealing choice as a lecturer. His visit was anticipated by many questions from students.

C. Jeremy Lagasse, a current senior and political science major, was responsible for bringing Dr. Cooper to Thomas More College. Lagasse, through Thomas More College’s Vatican Studies Center, had the opportunity to spend this past summer in Washington D.C. in an internship program with the Culture of Life Foundation. The internship afforded him the opportunity to connect with generous organizations like the Leadership Institute, which provided the funds for Lagasse to found The Eric Voegelin Society at Thomas More College.

Funds for The Eric Voegelin society are used exclusively to bring speakers to the college campuses. This was the first speaker brought to the College by the student-run Society, and Lagasse saw it as “a success.” He hopes that this will mark the beginning of a new lecture series organized by the students, and he anticipates bringing more speakers to the College this spring semester.

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