2013 University Faculty for Life Conference Begins Today

If you are in the San Francisco area, please join us at the 2013 UFL “Life and Learning” Conference.  Registration is available from 12 to 5 p.m. at the University of San Francisco Fromm Hall in the Commons.

Here is the conference schedule:

Friday, May 31st, 2013

2:00 – 2:15pm             Conference Opening and Welcome – (Fromm Hall, Xavier)

2:20 – 3:50pm             Panel Session I, (Fromm Hall)

A.     Law and Politics, Roe at 40 – I (Fromm Hall, Berman)

      Moderator: Lynn Wardle (Brigham Young University Law School)

  •  “A Critique of ‘Before Roe v. Wade.’”   Sam Calhoun (Washington and Lee School of Law)
  • “Re-Reading Roe v. Wade.”   Richard Myers (Ave Maria School of Law)
  • “Can Roe v. Wade Be Overturned after 40 years?”  Clarke Forsythe (Americans United for Life)

B.      Economics of Abortion and Fertility (Fromm Hall, Xavier)

      Moderator: Keith Cassidy (University of Guelph)

  •  Film screening, Q&A – 1 hour time allotment       Eggsploitation Jennifer Lahl (The Center for Bioethics and Culture Network)
  • “Commercial Markets Created by Abortion”   Vicki Evans (Respect Life Program Coordinator, San Francisco Archdiocesan Office of Public Policy & Social Concerns)

C.      Abortion and the Classroom (Fromm Hall, Maier)

       Moderator: Jim Hanink (Loyola Marymount University)

  •  “Teaching Oedipus the King as a Pro-Life Play”  Bernadette Waterman Ward (University of Dallas)
  • “Anthology of Right-to-Life Literature: Establishing the Canonical Maturity of a Vibrant Social Force”   Jeff Koloze (Lorain County Community College)
  • “Abortion:  Issues and Controversies:  A Freshman Seminar at Furman University” Carolyn J. Watson (Furman University)

4:00 – 5:00pm             Plenary Address I (Fromm Hall, Xavier)

                                    “The Danger of an Undignified Bioethics”    

                                    Wesley Smith (Senior Fellow at the Discovery Institute’s Center on Human Exceptionalism)

5:00 –7:00 pm             Dinner – (Fromm Hall, Maraschi)

7:00 – 8:00pm             Plenary Address II (Fromm Hall, Xavier)

“Starting a Conversation about Devious Strategies in the Pro-life Movement”

Janet Smith (Sacred Heart Major Seminary)

8:30 – 9:30pm             Wine and Cheese Reception – (Fromm Hall, Commons)

Saturday, June 1st, 2013

8:00am                        Mass – Cristo Rey Monastery (corner of Parker and Fulton Streets)

8:15 – 9:00 am            Continental Breakfast (Fromm Hall, Commons)

9:00 – 10:30 am          Panel Session II (Fromm Hall)                      

A.     Law and Politics, Roe at 40 – II (Fromm Hall, Xavier)

Moderator: Sam Calhoun (Washington and Lee School of Law)

  •  “The Logic of Roe v. Wade and the Quality of Its Arguments”  Francis Beckwith (Baylor University)
  • “The Politics of Roe at 40” Jon Shields (Claremont McKenna College)
  • “Testing the Limits: The Constitutionality of Current Legislative Challenges to Roe”  Scott Gaylord (Elon University)

B.      Ethical and Political Theory (Fromm Hall, Berman)

Moderator: Charles Bellinger (Brite Divinity School/Texas Christian University)

  •   “Abortion Absolutes” Laura Garcia (Boston College)
  • “Reclaiming the Moral High Ground: A Critique of the Modern Liberal Lexicon” John Safranek, M.D. (Independent Scholar)
  • “New Natural Law Theory as a Meta-ethical Foundation for Pro-Life Dialogue” Shalina Stilley (Conception Seminary College)

C.      Fertility Issues (Fromm Hall, Maier)

Moderator: Barbara Freres (Cardinal Stritch University)

  •  “Artificial Reproductive Technology: The Psychological Implications”  Elizabeth Ring-Cassidy (Our Lady Seat of Wisdom)
  • “Is It Our Duty to have Designer Babies? A Critique of the New Eugenics” Richard Weikart (California State University, Stanislaus)
  • “Preventing Unintended Pregnancies (the Natural Way) among Women with Hard Cases ” Richard Fehring (Marquette University)

10:45am – 12:00pm   Plenary Address III (Fromm Hall, Xavier)

“Stem Cells, Eggs and Embryos: the Controversy Continues”

William B. Hurlbut, M.D (Stanford University Medical Center)

12:00 – 1:00pm           Lunch – (Fromm Hall, Maraschi)

1:15 – 2:45 pm            Panel Session III (Fromm Hall)

 A.     Abortion and Culture – the International Scene I (Fromm Hall, Xavier)

       Moderator: Jeff Koloze (Lorain County Community College)

  •  Film screening, Q&A – 1 hour time allotment Petals In The Dust: The Endangered Indian Girls   Nyna Caputi (Bel Air Films)
  • “Grappling with The Cosmic ‘Single Issue’”  Gary Hardaway (Bakke Graduate University)

B.      Theory and Practice of Medicine (Fromm Hall, Berman)

Moderator: Richard Fehring (Marquette University)

  •  “Answering Objections to Protecting the Conscience Rights of Health Care Workers” Chris Kaczor (Loyola Marymount University)
  • “The Physician-to-Patient Relationship and Virtues-Based Ethical Analysis”  J.L.A. Garcia (Boston College)
  • Conscience and Contraception in the Federal Courts   Joseph Devaney (University of Wisconsin, Green Bay)

C.      Concerning the Most Vulnerable (Fromm Hall, Maier)

Moderator: Teresa Collett (University of St. Thomas)

  •  “What Do We Owe to Embryos?”   Jason Eberl (Indiana University School of Liberal Arts)
  • “Rape/Incest Abortion: The Exception that Proves the Rule”   Tyler Graham (Independent Scholar)
  • “Persons and Capacity” Mike Stannard (Willow International Community College Center)

3:00 – 4:30 pm            Panel Session IV (Fromm Hall)

 A.     Personal and Political Inconsistencies (Fromm Hall, Maier)

Moderator: Joseph Koterski, SJ (Fordham University)

  •  “The Strange Case of Alexis Carrell, Eugenicist” Rev. John Conley, S.J. (Loyola University, Maryland )
  • “Where are the Black Catholics in the Pro-life Movement?”  Paula Manchester (St. Charles Borromeo Seminary)
  • “Lessons from the Wilderness:  Breaking the Environmentalist/Pro-choice Alliance”  Dane Waterman (Independent Scholar)

B.      How to Make the Point (Fromm Hall, Xavier)

Moderator: Kevin Miller (Franciscan University of Steubenville)

  •  “On Life & Its Point”  Jim Hanink (Loyola Marymount University)
  •  “The Trojan Cavalry: Using Ideas and Thinkers Respected in the Academic World as Pro-Life Resources” Charles Bellinger (Brite Divinity School / Texas Christian University)
  • “Fetus as Child: A Suggestion for Pro-Life Vocabulary”  Karen Chan (St. Patrick’s Seminary and University)

C.      Abortion and Culture – the International Scene II (Fromm Hall, Berman)

Moderator: Richard Stith (Valparaiso University)

  •  “The United Nations Agenda for Sexual License” Teresa Collett (University of St. Thomas)
  • “Defending the Human Right to Life in Latin America” Bill Saunders (Americans United for Life)
  • “A Two-Pronged Attack on Roe v Wade’s Fetal Non-Person Holding(s).”  Philip Rafferty (Independent Scholar)

4:30 – 5:00 pm            Open Microphone(Fromm Hall, Xavier)

5:15 – 6:15 pm            Catholic Vigil Mass –Cristo Rey Monastery (corner of Parker and Fulton Streets)

6:30 – 8:30pm             Closing Banquet – Lone Mountain 100 (Upper Campus) Handlery Room

                                     Smith Award Recipient 

                                  Raymond Dennehy, Professor of Philosophy, University of San Francisco

 8:30 – 10:30pm           Hospitality Suite – Lone Mountain 140 (adjacent to LM 100)

Teresa Collett

Teresa Stanton Collett is a professor at the University of St. Thomas School of Law in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where she teaches bioethics, property law, and constitutional law. A nationally prominent speaker and scholar, she is active in attempts to rebuild the Culture of Life and protect the institutions of marriage and family. She often represents groups of state legislators, the Catholic Medical Association, and the Christian Medical and Dental Association in appellate case related to medical-legal matters. She represented the governors of Minnesota and North Dakota before the U.S. Supreme Court as amici curiae regarding the effectiveness of those states’ parental involvement laws. She has served as special attorney general for Oklahoma and Kansas related to legislation designed to protect the well-being of minors and unborn children. She is an elected member of the American Law Institute and has testified before committees of the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittees on the Constitution, as well as numerous legislative committees in the states.