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Join us on October 9 at the Ministry Center (behind Founders Hall) at the University of San Diego.

The event is co-sponsored by the University of San DiegoFranciscan School of Theology, Center for Ethics, Economics, and Public Policy and the Harpst Center for Catholic Thought and Culture.


2019 Calihan Lecture & Novak Award Presentation

On Wednesday, October 9, Acton Institute will present Prof. Giuseppe Franco with the 2019 Novak Award and he will deliver the 19th Annual Calihan Lecture on "Religion, Society, and the Market: The Legacy of Wilhelm Röpke" at the University of San Diego.

All are welcome to attend this event, which is free and includes an hors d'oeuvres reception

The Novak Award recognizes scholars early in their academic career who demonstrate outstanding intellectual merit in advancing the understanding of theology’s connection to human dignity, the importance of the rule of law, limited government, religious liberty, and freedom in economic life.

Each Award recipient presents their promising new research in the annual Calihan Lecture.

2019 Novak Award Press Release >>


Professor Giuseppe Franco
Prof. Giuseppe Franco
Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt

2019 Novak Award Winner; Lecturer in theology and philosophy

Professor Giuseppe Franco, originally from Copertino, Italy, is a lecturer in theology and philosophy at the Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt in Germany, where he is currently a postdoctoral “Feodor Lynen” research fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. Prof. Franco’s current research topics focus on Tracing the Trajectories of Economic Traditions in Europe and on the Legacy of Franciscan Economic Thought and its Relevance for Tackling Today’s Challenges of Globalization.

He received his doctorate in philosophy from the University of Salento in Lecce, Italy. He later earned a doctorate in theology from the Pontifical Lateran University in Rome and his university lecturer qualification in theology in Eichstätt. Previously, Prof. Franco served as an assistant professor to the chair of economic and business ethics and the chair of dogmatic theology at the Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt. His research papers were awarded the Alfons-Fleischmann-Prize and the Max Weber Award for Economics and Ethics by the Cologne Institute for Economic Research in Germany.

Rev. Robert A. Sirico
Rev. Robert A. Sirico
Acton Institute


As president of the Acton Institute, Fr. Sirico lectures at colleges, universities, and business organizations throughout the U.S. and abroad. His writings on religious, political, economic, and social matters are published in a variety of journals, including: the New York Times, the Wall Street JournalForbes, the London Financial Times, the Washington Times, the Detroit News, and National Review. Fr. Sirico is often called upon by members of the broadcast media for statements regarding economics, civil rights, and issues of religious concern, and has provided commentary for CNNABC, the BBCNPR, and CBS' 60 Minutes, among others. (more...)

Professor Matt Zwolinski
Prof. Matt Zwolinski
University of San Diego; Center for Ethics, Economics, and Public Policy

Professor of Philosophy

Professor Matt Zwolinski is professor of philosophy at the University of San Diego, where he has taught since 2003, and founder and director of USD's Center for Ethics, Economics, and Public Policy. The author of more than thirty academic articles, Prof. Zwolinski has a longstanding interest in questions at the intersection of ethics, economics and public policy. (more...)

Event Details

Start Date


University of San Diego
5998 Alcalá Park
Ministry Center (behind Founders Hall)
San Diego, CA 92110
United States

Length of Event
Evening Lecture

5:00 p.m. PDT | Registration & Reception 

6:00-7:00 p.m. PDT | Program

This event - including the pre-reception - is free and open to the public. Advance registration is requested. 

Because this is a free event, travel assistance or scholarships are not provided.

The event will be video recorded for delayed broadcast.

Campus Map of the new Ministry Center (behind Founders Hall)

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