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Loyola welcomes Michael Novak, Director of Social and Political Studies at American Enterprise Institute

Loyola press release - February 26, 2003

As part of its lecture series that focuses on business ethics, the Joseph A. Butt, S.J., College of Business Administration welcomes to campus Michael Novak, on Wednesday, April 2, at 7 p.m. in Miller Hall Room 114. The title of his remarks is “Catholics, Capitalism and Democracy.” Novak is a theologian, author, and former U.S. ambassador who currently holds the George Frederick Jewett Chair in Religion and Public Policy at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, D.C., where he is director of social and political studies. He is one of the most prominent neoconservative writers in the United States and Latin America, and he best known for his moral defense of capitalism.

Novak has received numerous awards, including the Templeton Prize for Progress in Religion in 1994, the International Prize by the Institution for World Capitalism, and most recently the Gold Medal of the Pennsylvania Society in 2001.

He has written more than 25 books in the philosophy and theology of culture, the latest of which is On Two Wings (2001). His writings have been read around the globe and have appeared in every major Western language, Bengali, Japanese, and Korean. His masterpiece, The Spirit of Democratic Capitalism, has been reprinted often in Latin America, and was published underground in Poland in 1984, and recently in China, Czechoslovakia, Germany, and Hungary.

Many of his essays and reviews have been published in such leading magazines and journals as The New Republic, The New York Times Magazine, National Review, Theological Studies, The Yale Law Journal, The Public Interest, and The Review of Politics.

Novak serves on the editorial boards of several publications and organizations here and abroad. He was co-founder of This World, Crisis, and First Things, and was publisher/editor of Crisis until 1996.

In 1974, he campaigned for the creation of a White House Office of Ethnic Affairs. The office was opened during the Ford administration and continued under President Carter with Novak serving as an adviser during both administrations.

He was also appointed and served as Ambassador of the U.S. Delegation to the U.N. Human Rights Commission in Geneva, 1981-1982; head of the U.S. Delegation to the Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe, 1986; member of the Board for International Broadcasting, 1984 - 1994; member of the Presidential Task Force on Project Economic Justice, 1985; and has served the United States during both Democratic and Republican administrations.

His teaching career began as Teaching Fellow at Harvard. In 1965, he became an assistant professor of humanities at Stanford, where the senior class twice voted him one of the most influential professors. In 1973 – 1974, he launched the new humanities program at the Rockefeller Foundation. In 1976 he accepted a tenured chair as university professor and Ledden-Watson Distinguished Professor of Religion at Syracuse as well as the W. Harold and Martha Welch chair as professor of American studies at the University of Notre Dame.