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and Catholic Studies 

The Catholic University of America’s Institute for Policy Research and Catholic Studies (IPR) is a global community of scholars, researchers, and professionals. Our Fellows, scholars, associated professionals and students have been serving the Church, the nation, and the world since our founding in 1974.

This four-day, eight session virtual seminar, presented from a Catholic perspective, provided an overview of the history, current controversies and future prospects for nuclear weapons policies.  Particular attention was given to the challenges posed by nuclear weapons modernization programs, the demise of key arms control agreements, the entry into force of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, and the evolving Catholic position on nuclear deterrence and disarmament.

The seminar aimed to increase the capacity of participants in their cross-disciplinary knowledge base and in ethical arguments of nonproliferation and disarmament. Participants were also introduced to key arms control institutions in Washington.

This event was hosted by the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, part of the Keough School of Global Affairs at the University of Notre Dame, in partnership with:



IPR Fellow and General Manager of Podcasting Matthew Foley discusses blockchain technology and what has been called the "Fourth Industrial Revolution".
IPR Podcast

IPR Fellow and General Manager of Podcasting Matt Foley hosts the IPR podcast "My Digital Self." Find it here, and on the following podcasting platforms:

IPR Fellow Jim Quirk offers keynote on the future of education.

On November 25, 2020, IPR Fellow and Catholic University of America alumnus Dr. James Quirk offered a keynote address on the future of education at the 18th Annual Management in the 21st Century conference. It was hosted by Herzen State Pedagogical University in St. Petersburg, Russia, with the theme, "Social and Economic Transformation in Times of Uncertainty."

To prepare, Prof. Quirk spoke with students, faculty, and university leaders from several universities, including Catholic University's President John Garvey. "The messages from undergrads, professors, and top officials were consistent," Quirk said. "We have been forced to ask ourselves, What is it we are really trying to do here? What are the best ways to do these things? We're reconsidering questions about technology, institutions, justice, and the very purpose of education. 'Going back to normal' would mean ignoring the lessons we've learned in the past several months."

Prof. Quirk earned his M.A. and Ph.D. in Catholic University's Department of Politics. He teaches in American University's School of Public Affairs.

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Please note that the views expressed in the podcasts or projects produced by our Fellows are those of the Fellows and the interviewed party, and do not necessarily reflect those of The Catholic University of America, its administration, faculty, or staff.


Furthermore, the posting of podcasts, lectures, interviews, or other materials to the Institute for Policy Research website do not constitute acceptance, approval, or agreement with the views expressed by the Fellow presenting the materials and/or the interviewed party.


These postings are made to further academic discussion and dialogue on the important topics and issues of our time as raised by our Fellows.

A Blessed Recipe for Sound Ecology
by Rev. Eugene Hemrick

As I sat in gridlock, at least 100 cars and busses were behind and in front of me with their engines idling. It had taken me approximately an hour to drive from the U.S. Capitol to the White House, a distance of one mile. I wondered how many barrels of gasoline are wasted daily in similar circumstances.


Years ago, addressing the nation, President Bush said we need to depend less on oil. He should have been more imaginative and said that we need to be more visionary in conserving energy. 


. . .If we are to win the battle of energy efficiency, another major principle must come into play. The more we and our children stretch our imaginative capacities now, the more secure the future of our energy resources will be.


Calling for increased visioning and imagination in the above rings ever truer today for developing a healthy ecosystem. Promoting creativity and pursuing new knowledge contain one of our best recipes for reducing pollution, conserving energy and valuing the earth’s resources. The more we seek new insights, and the deeper questions we raise, the greater the probability of ecological progress. U.S. physicist Robert Hutching once said,  “God pity a one-dream man.” New demands of our ecological age are urging us to dream dreams like never before that expand our imagination and creativity. But is this enough to succeed, or is yet another means needed to truly thrive? The answer is yes to the latter, and the other means of which we speak is sacred realization: a profound consciousness of the Creator responsible for our ecosystem! Allow me to cite two ecological success stories to learn what is implied in and required by this assertion.

Read the full article here

His Eminence Cardinal Berhaneyesus Souraphiel
of Ethiopia Visits Catholic University's Weiner Collection of Ethiopic Manuscripts.  
The collection of more than 600 handmade leather manuscripts is one of the most important collections of Ethiopian religious texts in the United States.

Jeremy Brown, (left) Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Semitic and Egyptian Languages and Literatures shows one of the manuscripts to Cardinal Souraphiel and Fitsum Arega,(right)  Ethiopian Ambassador to the U.S.

A handmade page of one book, intricately illuminated, is typical of the collection that is stored within CUA’s Institute of Christian Oriental Research (ICOR), a research auxiliary of the Semitics department. 

Cardinal Berhaneyesus Souraphiel travelled from Addis Ababa to Washington, D.C. to meet with  the largest diaspora community of Ethiopians in the U.S.  The Cardinal heads the Peace and Reconciliation Committee in his country, which was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize this year for its efforts to resolve long-standing conflicts with neighboring Eritrea, and for “important reforms that give many citizens hope for a better life and a brighter future.” The Cardinal also visited The Catholic University of America to meet with President Garvey, students in Dr. Cusimano Love's Politics class, and the Curator and staff of the Semitics/ICOR Collections. Home
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