Henning Institute

Inspired by the life and work of labor leader, diplomat, statesman, educator and family man, John F. Henning. 

The Department of Philosophy hosts the John F. Henning Institute, a center for the study of Catholic social thought, with special emphasis on the question of human work and its centrality to the common good. Students are invited to take part in the Institute’s program of academic conferences and lectures, publications and seminars.


Tuesday, Nov 17 at 7:00 pm the SMC Philosophy Dept. and The Henning Institute will Present a Zoom Lecture by 

James Poulos titled,


“Does work have a future? The rise to dominance of the digital medium has fueled a deep disenchantment of Western dreams about what work means and why it matters. But it has also retrieved profoundly religious sensibilities concerning the performance of ritual and purification. Who benefits from these changes, who suffers, and how much agency can we assert in the new milieu?”


James Poulos is one of America’s leading social theorists of technology and democracy. He is the author of The Art of Being Free (2017), the Executive Editor of The American Mind at the Claremont Institute, the Contributing Editor of American Affairs, and a fellow at the Center for the Study of Digital Life. His work on politics and media has been featured in National Affairs, Foreign Affairs, The Washington Post, and numerous other publications, and has been favorably cited in The Atlantic, First Things, and The New York Times, among others, and, this year, in multiple bestselling books. James advises early-stage media companies and lectures periodically on cultural trajectories in the digital age. He holds a Ph.D. in Government from Georgetown University and a B.A. in Political Science from Duke University, both with distinction. He lives just outside of Los Angeles.


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