RFI’s Center for Religious Freedom Education (CRFE)
Join us for this first event of CRFE’s Fall Speaker Series, featuring Dr. Thomas Hibbs on Religious Liberty and Popular Culture: How Hollywood Shapes our Understanding of Religion and Liberty. A reception will follow.
The CRFE Speaker Series is intended for young professionals in the Washington, D.C. area. When registering, please identify your professional affiliation.
Please register early as space is limited.
Dr. Thomas Hibbs returns to his alma mater as the first alumnus to serve as president of the University of Dallas, where he received his B.A. in English (‘82) and M.A. in philosophy (‘83). He completed his M.M.S. and Ph.D. at the University of Notre Dame. Dr. Hibbs was a tutor at Thomas Aquinas College for three years before moving to Boston College, where he taught for 13 years as full professor and chair to the Department of Philosophy.
From 2003 to 2019, Dr. Hibbs was dean of the Honors College and distinguished professor of ethics and culture at Baylor University. Baylor has honored him with the title Dean Emeritus. Dr. Hibbs also directed Baylor in Washington, D.C., coordinating student internships, a religious liberty initiative in collaboration with the Religious Freedom Institute and monthly faculty events.
Regularly commenting on popular culture, he has published more than 100 reviews and articles on film, theater, art, and higher education in First Things, The Dallas Morning News, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The New Atlantis, The Wall Street Journal, and National Review, among others. He has appeared on radio, including nationally syndicated NPR shows, over a 100 times.
In 2010, Dr. Hibbs received the American Maritain Association Scholarly Excellence Award. He was a faculty mentor for the Lilly Graduate Fellows Program from 2003-2016, and was president of the American Catholic Philosophical Association (2017).