About the Event:
Featuring three of the most prominent voices in Catholic journalism in the United States—Ross Douthat (New York Times) and Austen Ivereigh (Crux), with John Allen, Jr. (Crux) serving as moderator — this discussion will examine the modern papacy, situating Pope Francis’ pontificate in the context of recent papal history, broader Catholic tradition and its future.
All three journalists have published books on the pontificate of Pope Francis and will provide thoughtful and acute analysis of the many issues Pope Francis has tackled in his first years: immigration, the environment and climate change, inter-religious dialogue, justice for the poor, as well as specifically Catholic issues such as reform of the Vatican bureaucracy and the pastoral treatment of divorced and remarried people.
About the McDermott Lecture Series:
In 1974, the University of Dallas established the Eugene McDermott Lectureship, an endowed lecture series created in honor of Eugene McDermott, the late scientist, businessman, civic leader, and philanthropist. It was established on behalf of Mrs. and Mr. Eugene McDermott in 1974 to honor Donald and Louise Cowan's vision and leadership at the University of Dallas and the city. Beginning with the venerable historian Jacques Barzun, the McDermott Lectureship continues to bring notable public intellectuals to the University for short courses and seminars.