University Faculty for Life holds annual conference June 5-7 on Minneapolis campus

University Faculty for Life holds annual conference June 5-7 on Minneapolis campus

The 19th annual conference of the University Faculty for Life, "Life and Learning XIX," will be held June 5 -7, at the University of St. Thomas School of Law building, Minneapolis campus. UFL is a multidisciplinary association of scholars that speaks out for human life.

Registration check-in starts at noon Friday, June 5, and is available through 5 p.m. The conference's opening session will begin at 2 p.m. Friday. The conference will close with the UFL board meeting from 9 a.m. to noon Sunday, June 7.

On the agenda Friday and Saturday are scholarly presentations from faculty representing a variety of disciplines from colleges and universities and other organizations across the country.

A plenary presentation will be given from 7 to 8 p.m. Friday by UST Law's Rob Vischer on "Conscience and the Common Good: Rethinking the Pro-Life Movement's Commitment to Conscience." Vischer is the author of a forthcoming book, Conscience and the Common Good: Reclaiming the Space Between Person and State (Cambridge University Press).

The celebration of Mass will be available twice on Saturday: at 8:30 a.m. and the Saturday vigil Mass at 6 p.m.

A plenary presentation from 11:20 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday will feature Rachel MacNair of the Institute for Integrated Social Analysis, speaking on the topic of her book, Achieving Peace in the Abortion War ( IUniverse Publishing, 2008).

Dr. Gilbert Meilaender of Valparaiso University, and former member of the President's National Bioethics Advisory Commission, will give an address titled "Stem Cells and Torture" at the closing banquet on Saturday. UFL president, Richard Myers of Ave Maria Law School, will present the Rupert and Timothy Smith Award for Distinguished Contributions to Pro-Life Scholarship Award to Meilaender.

Cost is for the conference is $60. Registration forms are available online here. Early registration is strongly encouraged to ensure that conference meals will be available.