Symposium on Advancing the New Evangelization

Call for Abstracts


Flight into Egypt, by Fabriano


 “Humanae Vitae 50 Years Later”

A Call to Self-Gift | March 23-24, 2018


The theme for the Seventh Annual Symposium on Advancing the New Evangelization at Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas, “Humanae Vitae 50 Years Later: A Call to Self-Gift,” is a call to reflect on and analyze the significance of Pope Paul VI’s encyclical and subsequent Catholic thought on issues of marriage and family life. While Humanae Vitae is most famous for its teaching on the use of contraception, the Symposium hopes to address that issue within the context of the vocation to imitate Christ in making a “sincere gift of self.” To this end we invite proposals from scholars and professionals in all disciplines that address contraception as well as broader questions related to marriage, family, children, and society.


The Symposium is meant to cultivate reflection and dialogue on issues of great urgency to the New Evangelization. Few events in the modern Church have caused as much controversy and division as the publication of Humanae Vitae. While many have found its teachings to be a great challenge, many have also found them to be a great blessing. For this reason we issue a “Call for Abstracts” to scholars and professionals, graduate students, lay leaders, and consecrated religious to give serious reflection upon the teachings of Humanae Vitae and the ways in which its teachings are communicated to the contemporary world.


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Invited Speakers


  • Janet SmithSacred Heart Major Seminary
  • Fr. Nicanor AustriacoProvidence College
  • Jennifer Roback-MorseRuth Institute
  • Alexander PrussBaylor University
  • Brad WilcoxUniversity of Virginia
  • Teresa KenneyPope Paul VI Institute
  • Terese Bauer, M.D.Gianna Family Care
  • Angelique Pritchett, M.D.Gianna Family Care


Call for Abstracts


Proposals should be in the form of a 250-300 word abstract. Submissions should be turned in online by December 1, 2017. Notification of acceptance will be given by January 5, 2018.


Submit your Abstract


Presentation Details: Presentations will be 20 minutes in length with 2-3 presenters per session.