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Press Release: Society of Catholic Social Scientists to Hold Annual National Conference at DeSales, Oct. 24 and 25
Date: 10/17/2008


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Society of Catholic Social Scientists to Hold Annual National Conference at DeSales, Oct. 24 and 25

Catholic scholars from around the world will convene at DeSales University for the 16th annual National Conference of the Society of Catholic Social Scientists (SCSS) on Friday and Saturday, October 24 and 25. The event will feature more than 40 presentations on major topics of Catholic social teaching, such as natural law, marriage and sexual morality, the Freedom of Exercise clause, and controversial initiatives before the United Nations.

The SCSS, established in 1992, is an international group composed of Catholic scholars, professors, teachers, practitioners, among others, who are committed to the magisterial teaching of the Catholic church. To date, there are more than 500 members from the United States, Europe, Asia and Africa.

"This conference will bring together prominent Catholic scholars from around the world to share their ideas regarding the Catholic faith as it applies to the various fields within the social sciences," said Dr. Andrew Essig, associate professor of social sciences at DeSales, who is serving as co-chairman of the event.

Also serving as co-chairman is Dr. Brennan Pursell, associate professor of history at DeSales, who will give a dinner presentation featuring his new book, Benedict of Bavaria: An Intimate Portrait of the Pope and His Homeland, released in March to very positive reviews.

Conference speakers include: Dr. Joseph Almeida, Franciscan University professor of legal studies; Father Robert Araujo, as former professor of law at Gonzaga University and attaché to the Permanent Mission of the Holy See to the United Nations; Dr. Joseph Varacalli, professor of sociology at Nassau Community College- S.U.N.Y. and co-founder of the Society of Catholic Social Scientists; Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute (C-FAM) executive vice president Piero Tozzi and vice president of research Susan Yoshihara; as well as Theresa Burke, founder of Rachel's Vineyards Ministries.

More information on the SCSS conference, including schedule of presentation and other activities, can be found at www.catholicsocialscientists.org.

The event is open to anyone interested for a registration fee of $30 for SCSS members, $40 for non-members, and $25 for dinner. Proceeds will benefit both the SCSS and DeSales University. For more information on the event, please contact Dr. Andrew Essig, associate professor of social sciences at DeSales and conference co-chair, at 610-282-1100 ext. 1632 or Andrew.Essig@desales.edu.

Press Release: Society of Catholic Social Scientists to Hold Annual National Conference at DeSales, Oct. 24 and 25 | Posted on: 10/17/2008

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Tom McNamara, Executive D
irector of Communications
DeSales University | 2255 Station Avenue | Center Valley, PA 18034

610.282.1100 x1219 | Tom.McNamara@desales.edu

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