February 12, 2024

Professor Daniel MahoneyThe Center for Law and the Human Person at The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law (Catholic Law) hosted Professor Daniel Mahoney of Assumption University for a lecture on “Freedom, Moral Purpose, and Self-Limitation: The Enduring Wisdom of Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn.”

Following an opening prayer and brief introduction by Center co-director Elizabeth Kirk, Mahoney delivered remarks on Solzhenitsyn’s philosophical contributions to an audience that filled the Walter A. Slowinski Courtroom. After sharing various fascinating biographical details about Solzhenitsyn, Mahoney described Solzhenitsyn’s enduring legacy as a fearless champion for the truth and an implacable opponent of the Soviet Union’s totalitarian regime.

“Professor Mahoney is a world expert on Solzhenitsyn’s thought and has published about him prolifically,” Marc DeGirolami, St. John Henry Newman Professor of Law and co-director of the Center, commented. “We were very honored to hear him speak."

The Center prepared for Mahoney’s lecture by reading some of Solzhenitsyn’s essays at its reading group, Tolle et Lege. More information about its spring reading list is available here.

A recording of the lecture is below: