Religious Freedom Advocate Professor Kenneth Howell to Deliver 2011 Cultura Vitae Lecture


Professor Kenneth Howell

ST. LOUIS PARK, Minnesota (April 18, 2011) – Chesterton Academy, a private, independent college preparatory school, announced today that Professor Kenneth Howell of the University of Illinois will deliver its annual Cultura Vitae ("Culture of Life") lecture on Saturday, May 7. Dr. Howell will speak about assaults on religious freedom in today’s universities and the need for people of faith to resist attempts to push religion to the margins of American society.

Dr. Howell is Director of the St. John Institute of Catholic Thought and Adjunct Associate Professor of Religion at the University of Illinois where he teaches classes on the history, theology and philosophy of Catholicism. He made national headlines last year when he was fired by the University of Illinois for teaching the Catholic Church’s position on homosexuality. In the uproar that followed, he was re-instated, but his experience provides important lessons for us in defending the Faith and promoting the Culture of Life.

The Cultura Vitae Lecture will take place at 6:30 PM at the Church of the Holy Childhood, 1435 Midway Parkway, St. Paul, MN. The evening will begin with a performance by the Chesterton Academy Choir followed by the Dr. Howell's lecture, entitled Religious Freedom and the Culture of Life: The Wisdom of John Paul II. The event is free and open to the public.

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About the Chesterton Academy Cultura Vitae Lecture Series Chesterton Academy is a pro-family, independent high school offering an integrated, college preparatory curriculum centered on the Incarnation of Jesus Christ. The Cultura Vitae Lecture Series was established during Chesterton Academy’s inaugural academic year as an effort of the school to educate the greater community and to build what Pope John Paul II called “the culture of life.” To that end, the series is dedicated to bringing scholars and accomplished individuals to speak on a variety of issues that directly affect the protection of the human person, the family, and the building up of the common good.