Speaker Series

 

Speaker Series

 

St. Monica Academy’s Speaker Series Aims to Foster a Vibrant, Intellectual Community

Stay Tuned For Our Upcoming Speaker Series Events List for 2022-2023

October Speaker Series Event

“I have now attended three Speaker Series talks. All have been informative and interesting. It is time well spent, and I look forward to the next one.”

– Mr. Robert De Pietro, long-time St. Monica Academy benefactor

 

The inspiration for the Speaker Series came midway through the 2016 school year, a few months after St. Monica Academy moved from Pasadena to its new campus at Holy Redeemer Church in Montrose. Then high school teacher Mr. O’Donnell and current high school teacher Mr. Selmeczy realized that the new campus offered a venue and opportunity to host educational talks for the St. Monica community.

“The talks are entertaining and enriching,” says Mr. Selmeczy. “You will enjoy them, and you will leave more deeply in love with the classical education than when you arrived.”

Increased interest in firmly establishing the Speaker Series within the community led to a formal inauguration at the start of the 2018 school year.

The Speaker Series will include talks designed to help parents with the formation of their children as well as academic talks on history, politics, religion, literature, and more. The talks are open to the public.

“The aim of the Series,” says Mr. Selmeczy, “is to foster the vibrant, intellectual community around St. Monica Academy.”

St. Monica Academy Speaker Series Videos

Here is a sampling of past St. Monica Academy Speaker Series titles and presenters

Why Do Catholics Do That? The Aplogetics of Catholic Practices|
Presented by Joseph Freymann on May 2022

Combating Calumnies in U.S. History Part 3|
Presented by Martin Boles on March 2022

Critical Race Theory for Parents and Patriots|
Presented by Khushro Ghandhi on January 2022

Liturgical Living in the Home|
Presented by Kendra Tierney on December 2021

Beauty: A Catholic Aesthetic Examing Aquinas on Beauty and Exploring How the Transcendentals Affect Art through the Ages|
Presented by Soli Ghandhi on November 2021

Friendship: St. Monica Academy’s Theme for the Year|
Presented by Dr. Scott Roniger on October 2021

The Quadrivium – the Mathematical Arts|
Presented by Thomas Quackenbush on April 2020

Truth, Love and Friendship: The Path from Wonder to Wisdom|
Presented by Dr. Alex Lessard on March 2020

The Passions of Scientists: How to Understand Data, Bias, Media, and Truth|
Presented by Dr. Jorge Nieva on February 2020

Theology of Home: Finding the Eternal in the Everyday|
Presented by Mrs. Noelle Mering on May 2020

Truth, Love and Friendship: The Path from Wonder to Wisdom|
Presented by Dr. Alex Lessard on March 2020

The Passions of Scientists: How to Understand Data, Bias, Media, and Truth|
Presented by Dr. Jorge Nieva on February 2020

How to Understand and Defend Marriage and Family|
Presented by Fr. Sebastian Walshe on November 2019

Can an Ancient Greek Help you Parent Today?|
Presented by Nicole Tittmann on September 2019

Parental Authority: Embracing your role as Author of Your Family Story|
Presented by Jim and Kendra Tierney on May 2019

Why is Literature at the Foundation?
Presented by Christine Halpin on March 2019

The Crusades: The Christian “Just War” or Just Another European Aggression?|
Presented by Michael Grumbine on January 2019

Secrets of Parenting from a Mother of 18
Presented by Rosa Pich on December 2018

Should Criminals Be Cured or Punished: C.S. Lewis on
Crime and Punishment
Presented by Dr. Joseph Bessette on November 2018

Building a Family Culture: Countering Today’s Culture
Presented by St. Monica Academy Board President Martin
Boles on October 2018

Is Piety Extinct?
Presented by St. Monica Academy High School Teacher
Daniel Selmeczy on September 2018