Upcoming Breakfast Sessions

The NYMLF offers four sessions a year featuring outstanding speakers and witnesses, who provide thought-provoking and challenging material for professional men.

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2018 Speaker series


dr. robert royal

Talk: Confessions of a Public Catholic

Dec. 18, 2018 | Dr. Robert Royal is editor-in-chief of the Catholic Thing, and president of the Faith & Reason Institute in Washington, D.C. Since early in the papacy of Pope Francis, he and NY archdiocesan priest Fr. Gerald Murray have served as a commentators for Raymond Arroyo's EWTN "Papal Posse," tasked with analyzing the papacy and news from the Vatican.

Dr. Royal holds a B.A. and M.A. from Brown University and a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the Catholic University of America. He has taught at Brown University, Rhode Island College, and The Catholic University of America. He received fellowships to study in Italy from the Renaissance Society of American (1977) and as a Fulbright scholar (1978). From 1980 to 1982, he served as editor-in-chief of Prospect magazine in Princeton, New Jersey.

Key published books of Dr. Royal include: 1492 And All That: Political Manipulations of History (1992), Reinventing the American People: Unity and Diversity Today (1995), The Virgin and the Dynamo: The Use and Abuse of Religion in the Environment Debate (1999, Eerdmans), Dante Alighieri in the Spiritual Legacy Series (1999, Crossroad), and The Catholic Martyrs of the Twentieth Century: A Comprehensive Global History (2000, Crossroad). Additional titles include: Jacques Maritain and the Jews (University of Notre Dame Press), Building a Free Society (with George Weigel), Crisis and Opportunity: U.S. Policy in Central America and the Caribbean (with Mark Falcoff), and, with Virgil Nemoianu, The Hospitable Canon and Play, Literature, Religion: Essays in Cultural Intertextuality.

He is a regular columnist for Crisis magazine and his articles have appeared in numerous scholarly journals and other publications, including First Things, Communio, the Wilson Quarterly, the Catholic Historical Review, the Washington Post, the Washington Times, National Review, The Wall Street Journal, and The American Spectator. He writes and lectures frequently on questions of ethics, culture, religion, and politics, and has appeared on various television and radio stations around the United States. Dr. Royal has also translated books and articles from French, Spanish, and Italian.

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2019 speaker lineup

Save the date for our 2019 speakers. Additional speakers forthcoming.


March 19, 2019 | Ross Douthat joined The New York Times as an op-ed columnist in April 2009. His column appears every Wednesday and Sunday. Previously, he was a senior editor at The Atlantic and a blogger for theatlantic.com. He serves also as the film critic for National Review.

He is the author of To Change the Church: Pope Francis and the Future of Catholicism (2018) and Bad Religion: How We Became a Nation of Heretics (2012), as well as co-author, with Reihan Salam, of Grand New Party: How Republicans Can Win the Working Class and Save the American Dream (2008), among other books.

He lives with his wife and daughters in Washington. Read his blog, Evaluations, and follow him on Twitter.

Image source: NYTimes.


Tickets are $60 if you preregister; $65 at the door (cash or check).


University Club
1 W. 54th St.
New York, NY 10019
P: 212-247-2100


7:15 a.m. — Buffet Breakfast
8:05 a.m. — Speaker
8:40 a.m. — Q&A
9-10:00 a.m. — Coffee & Conversation

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