2014 UFL Conference information

UFL: Life and Learning XXIV

Registration is now open for the 2014 UFL Conference on June 6-7 at Fordham University in the Bronx, NY. Regular reservations are $50.  The student rate is $25. You can register at this site.

Information about the banquet, accomodations, and financial aid can be found when you click on either of the “Registration” or “Student Registration” link at the above site.  I am also providing it below.

This is the 24th annual conference of the University Faculty for Life (UFL). There will be both plenary sessions with invited speakers and concurrent sessions for the delivery of papers accepted on the basis of the submission of abstracts. This is an interdiscipinary conference devoted to academic discussion of the issues of abortion, infanticide, and euthanasia.

There will be a banquet on Saturday that is included in the conference registration fee.

Lodging is available on the Rose Hill campus. You may reserve a room at the subsidized price of $40.00 per person per night. Accommodations include complimentary breakfast and lunch. Please specify which nights you want to reserve: Friday June 6, 2014, Saturday June 7, 2014, or both.

On Friday evening there will be a light supper provided free of charge to registered participants.

There are also many hotels near the Fordham campus which offer a discounted rate for Fordham guests. Download a list of hotels that offer a discounted “Fordham Rate.”

Financial Aid
There is a limited amount of financial aid available to subsidize the price of conference registration and banquet registration. Please contact Fr Joseph Koterski SJ directly at koterski@fordham.edu.

ProVita coming soon

In the next couple of weeks I will be working on the Spring 2014 issue of ProVita, the UFL online newsletter. If you have anything you would like to see included, e-mail me at provitanews@yahoo.com. Items I’m looking for:

  • News about UFL
  • Scholarly activities of UFL members
  • Useful online resources
  • New research on any side of the issues of abortion, euthanasia, and infanticide
  • Anything else you think might be valuable to UFL members and other who are interested in pro-life scholarship.

Beckwith’s Vatican talk in honor of Evangelium Vitae

Francis Beckwith’s talk, “On Making the Case for Life: St. Peter’s Counsel to Always Be Ready,” which he gave at a Vatican conference on John Paul II’s encyclical, Evangelium Vitae, was recently published in National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly (Winter, 2014). You can find a link to it on Beckwith’s blog, Return to Rome.

When is a free speech zone not a free speech zone?

When someone speaks out against abortion. See this National Catholic Register article about two pro-life activists, Thrin and Joan Short, who were harassed by a faculty member at University of California–Santa Barbara.

South Dakota’s ban on sex-selection abortion

Here is a good article by Dave Andrusko on South Dakota’ s ban on sex-selection abortions. http://www.nationalrighttolifenews.org/news/2014/04/south-dakota-governor-signs-ban-on-sex-selection-abortions/ The article discusses the signifiance of the ban and also effectively rebuts some of the arguments that have been made against these laws.

Richard M.

The Church, the UN, and American Foreign Policy talk at St. Thomas

The Prolife Center at the University of St. Thomas is sponsoring a talk by Susan Yoshihara, director of research at the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute, entitled “The Church, the UN, and American Foreign Policy.”

Wednesday, April 16 at 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

University of St. Thomas
McNeely Hall, Room 100
2078 Grand Avenue
Saint Paul, MN

Tickets Available at eventbrite.com

“Recently a United Nations committee presumed to direct the Vatican to change canon law on abortion and other matters. Some countries have gone so far as to argue that United Nations should revoke its recognition of the Holy See as a Permanent Observer at the United Nations. Susan Yoshihara, director of research at the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute, will discuss these attacks on the Church and its relevance to American politics. She received a Ph.D. in international relations from the Fletcher School, Tufts University and spent 20 years as a U.S. Navy helicopter pilot. Registration begins at 7 p.m. Lecture begins at 7:30 p.m. This event is cosponsored by the Catholic Defense League.”