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Even with the state of the economy, the effects of secularism, the problems Christians themselves cause, etc., we are still blessed to have a lot of worthy enterprises doing very helpful and interesting work, covering a wide range of perspectives. One of these is the Roman Forum , which next summer is offering its twenty-first Gardone Riviera Summer Symposium, this one titled The Divine Comedy versus the Theatre of the Absurd . One of the speakers is our friend and writer James Kalb, author of The Tyranny of Liberalism .

The Forum also sponsors biweekly Sunday afternoon lectures of Church history here in New York, given by John Rao of St. John’s University. This year’s series is titled The Tyranny of Words—Or the Triumph of the Word?  I have only been able to get to one lecture, but it was very good.

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