In September 2013, the Ave Maria community celebrated the life and work of Michael Novak on the occasion of his eightieth birthday. The weekend was full of memorable events, including an evening of live entertainment and a daylong conference recognizing the many achievements of the former U.S. ambassador. Friends, family and colleagues flew in from around the country to honor this great man.
Above: Michael Novak at the conference in honor of his 80th birthday, “The Enduring Legacy of Michael Novak,” on Sept. 20, 2013.
Sapientia Press, the academic publishing house of Ave Maria University, is releasing a compilation of the essays delivered at the conference. The collection, entitled An American and Catholic Life: Essays Dedicated to Michael Novak (2015), is edited by Elizabeth C. Shaw, a professor at the Catholic University of America and Novak’s research assistant since 2009.
Those who spoke at the conference were:
- Brian Anderson, Editor, City Journal: “Novak on Civil Society”
- Fr. Derek Cross, The Oratory of St. Philip Neri, Toronto: “Aristotle, Newman, and Novak”
- Rabbi David Dalin, Professor of History and Politics, Ave Maria University: “Novak on Religion and the Founders”
- Mary Eberstadt, Senior Fellow, Ethics and Public Policy Center, “Recollections of Karen and Michael Novak”
- Samuel Gregg, Director of Research, Acton Institute, “Novak on the Spirit of Democratic Capitalism”
- Michael Pakaluk, Professor of Philosophy, Ave Maria University, “Novak on American Exceptionalism”
- Michael Waldstein, Max Seckler Professor of Theology, Ave Maria University, “Novak on Charity”
- Keynote Speaker: George Weigel, Distinguished Senior Fellow, Ethics and Public Policy Center
The collection of essays, An American and Catholic Life: Essays Dedicated to Michael Novak, is available at cuapress.cua.edu.
Below: Michael Novak with Samuel Gregg