Kresta in the Afternoon – January 21, 2009 – Hour 1

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    First Topic – Ave Maria University

    Founded in fidelity to Christ and His Church in response to the call of Vatican II for greater lay witness in contemporary society, Ave Maria University exists to further teaching, research, and learning at the undergraduate and graduate levels in the abiding tradition of Catholic thought in both national and international settings. The University takes as its mission the sponsorship of a liberal arts education curriculum dedicated, as articulated in the apostolic constitution Ex Corde Ecclesiae, to the advancement of human culture, the promotion of dialogue between faith and reason, the formation of men and women in the intellectual and moral virtues of the Catholic faith, and to the development of professional and pre-professional programs in response to local and societal needs. As an institution committed to Catholic principles, the University recognizes the importance of creating and maintaining an environment in which faith informs the life of the community and takes expression in all its programs. Chancellor Tom Monaghan is with us to look at the growth offerings of Ave Maria University.

    Second Topic – Martin Luther King, Jr., Barak Obama and Social Policy in America

    On Monday we celebrated Martin Luther King, Jr. day. Yesterday we inaugurated Barak Obama as the first African American President. Today the work of policy formation and implementation begins. Nathan Schlueter takes a a critical historical, constitutional, and philosophical examination of Martin Luther King Jr's understanding of justice--his "Dream"--from within the context of the American political tradition. We look at King's “I Have a Dream Speech” in the context of his larger vision for social justice--paying special attention to issues of racial discrimination, political economy, civil disobedience, and the relationship between politics and religion--situating those elements within historical, rhetorical, and political context, and asking how closely Obama identifies with King’s social gospel.

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