College Announces Exciting Lineup for its Fall 2010 Speaker Series

by Thomas More College on September 21, 2010

September 21, 2010
Contact: Charlie McKinney
Phone: (603) 880-8308, ext. 21

MERRIMACK, NEW HAMPSHIRE—For more than thirty years, the Thomas More College of Liberal Arts has invited the public to hear members of the Church’s hierarchy, best-selling literary and political authors, and trained artists and architects speak as part of the school’s Friday Night Lecture Series.

Today, Thomas More College announced the speakers for its Fall 2010 lecture series, which includes Shawn Tribe, editor of the New Liturgical Movement web site; Fr. Michael Sweeney, President of the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology in Berkeley, California; Dr. Mitchell Kalpakgian, Professor Emeritus of Humanities at Wyoming Catholic College; and a special debate on Islam between two best-selling authors Dr. Peter Kreeft and Robert Spencer.

On Friday, October 1, Shawn Tribe, editor of the popular New Liturgical Movement web site, will speak on “The Sacred Liturgy, the Liturgical Life and the New Liturgical Movement,” In his talk, Mr. Tribe will address such questions as, what is the sacred liturgy and why is it important in the life of the Church? Why should it be important in the life of individual Catholics? What was the Liturgical Movement and what is a “New Liturgical Movement”?

Mr. Tribe will explore these questions by discussing what the Church teaches us about the sacred liturgy and the goals of the original Liturgical Movement of the 20th century. He will also propose thoughts on different aspects and considerations of the New Liturgical Movement and how the faithful might participate in that movement.

On Friday, October 22, Fr. Michael Sweeney, OP, will speak on “The Common Good and the Vocation of a Catholic Scholar.” His talk will explore how contemporary society lost all sense of what is common, and the indispensable role Catholic tradition plays in showing the benefit to society and to scholarship of a re-appropriation of the good that all people hold in common.

Father Sweeney was appointed in 2004 as the president of the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley. Fr. Michael’s chief interest is the mission of the Church to the world. In 1997 he co-founded the Catherine of Siena Institute whose purpose is to assist parishes by providing formation for lay men and women. The Institute has addressed over 50,000 Catholics throughout North America and Asia.

On Thursday, October 28, Dr. Peter Kreeft will debate Robert Spencer on the topic: “Resolved: That the Only Good Muslim is a Bad Muslim.” Dr. Kreeft, who will speak in the negative, is a Catholic apologist, professor of philosophy at Boston College, and author of over 45 books. Many consider Dr. Kreeft the best Catholic philosopher currently residing in the United States. His topics range from Socrates through Thomas Aquinas, through the foibles of modern progressivism, and some have compared his style to that of C.S. Lewis and G.K. Chesterton. In March 2010, Dr. Kreeft released a provocative book entitled Between Allah and Jesus: What Christians Can Learn from Muslims.

Robert Spencer, speaking in the affirmative, is the director of Jihad Watch and the author of ten books, two of which have been New York Times bestsellers on Islamic jihad, perhaps the best-known being The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades). Spencer is a weekly columnist for Human Events and FrontPage Magazine, and has led seminars on Islam and jihad for the United States Central Command, United States Army Command and General Staff College, the U.S. Army’s Asymmetric Warfare Group, the FBI, the Joint Terrorism Task Force, and the U.S. intelligence community. Spencer has been studying Islamic theology, law, and history in depth since 1980.

On Friday, November 12, Dr. Mitchell Kalpakgian, Professor Emeritus of Humanities at Wyoming Catholic College, will speak on “The Lost Arts of Civilization.” Dr. Kalpakgian is a native of New England and served as Professor of English at Simpson College in Iowa for 31 years. During his academic career, Dr. Kalpakgian received many academic honors, among them the National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar Fellowship; the Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship; and an award from the National Endowment for the Humanities Institute on Children’s Literature. Dr. Kalpakgian has widely published in many journals and his latest book is An Armenian Family Reunion: A Lifetime of Unforgettable and Delightful Stories.

Each lecture begins at 7pm on Thomas More College’s campus at 6 Manchester Street, Merrimack, NH 03054. Each event is open to the general public. If you would like to attend, please inform Lucy Domina at 800-880-8308, ext. 25.

The Thomas More College of Liberal Arts provides a four-year undergraduate education which develops young people intellectually, ethically, and spiritually in the Catholic tradition and in faithfulness to the Magisterium of the Roman Catholic Church. Thomas More College introduces its students to the central questions of Western civilization – and to the Church’s response. It teaches skills in reasoning, speaking, and writing that will allow its graduates to become faithful leaders according to the individual vocations which God has given them.


If you would have any questions or would like to interview one of the speakers participating in the College’s Friday Night Lecture Series, please contact Charlie McKinney at (603) 880-8308 or by email at

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