Simon Lectures

St. John Paul II: A Centenary Reflection

This essay is an adaption of Mr. Weigel’s nineteenth annual William E. Simon Lecture, delivered on March 10 in Washington, D.C., and draws on material from his Foreword to Teachings

Democracy and Its Discontents

This essay is adapted from George Weigel’s 17th William E. Simon Lecture, delivered in Washington on March 6, 2018. Click here to listen to an audio recording of the lecture.

2015 Simon Lecture: Lessons in Statecraft

This article is adapted from the fourteenth annual William E. Simon Lecture, delivered on February 4, 2015. When the Catholic Church celebrated the canonizations of John Paul II and Pope John

The Great War Revisited

This article is adapted from the thirteenth annual William E. Simon Lecture, delivered on February 6, 2014. In 1936, the British writer Rebecca West stood on the balcony of Sarajevo’s

Reality and Public Policy

This essay is adapted from the 12th William E. Simon Lecture, delivered in Washington D.C. on February 5, 2013. The glossary of inadmissible words in 21st-century American society has shrunk

The Handwriting on the Wall

A version of this essay was delivered as the 11th Annual William E. Simon Lecture in Washington on February 7, 2012. In recent years, roiled as they have been by

The Next Pope–and Why He Matters to All of Us

[This article was originally delivered as EPPC’s Fourth Annual William E. Simon Lecture on January 12, 2005. It will be printed in the Spring 2005 issue of Notre Dame Magazine, and is

Moral Clarity in a Time of War

This article was adapted from the second William E. Simon Lecture In Book Three of Tolstoy’s epic, War and Peace, the hero, Pierre Bezukhov, arrives at the battlefield of Borodino

Two Ideas of Freedom

Introduction On December 5, 2001, some four hundred people gathered at the Madison Hotel in Washington, D.C., at the invitation of the Ethics and Public Policy Center to hear a