Join us at The Open Door, a program called to building a culture of life and a just social order! Our panel discusses solidarity, subsidiarity, and economic democracy in light of Catholic Social Teaching. We also explore non-violence, distributism, and communitarianism. The next question? How do we move from discussion to political and personal activism? It's a question that often leads us to report on the short term projects and long term promise of the American Solidarity Party.  Click here for the show descriptions.

September 20, 2019

The Open Door welcomes special guest Theodore Rebard, a professor of philosophy from the University of St. Thomas, in Houston. He’ll lead us in a discussion on “Undergraduate Teaching: Promise and Peril.”

Our questions include the following.

  1. Can you share some of your teaching successes?
  2. What made them possible?
  3. What are the main obstacles that you face in teaching?
  4. Can you identify some of their causes?
  5. C.S. Lewis said that the “task of the modern educator is not to cut down jungles but to irrigate deserts.’ Is that true today?
  6. From the new platform of the American Solidarity Party:

“Education is vital to the formation of the human person and the good of society [and so] the American Solidarity Party advocates for affordable, diverse, and well-rounded educational options” and “public support of both public and private schools, with a preferential option for economically disadvantaged students and an emphasis on making teaching a well-paying occupation.”

Do you agree, disagree, or find yourself “creatively ruminating” about the above?


James Hanink

James Hanink

Host of "The Open Door"

Dr. James Hanink
Dr. James Hanink, a philosophy professor who taught at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, CA, is the lead anchor for The Open Door.

Dr. Mario Ramos-Reyes

 Dr. Mario Ramos-Reyes, Professor of Philosophy and Latin America History. Founder of the Institute for the Study of Personalist Republicanism,  is co-host of The Open Door.


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