The Aquinas Institute for Catholic Thought is Excited to announce our 11th Annual Great Debate!

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THE AICT ANNUAL GREAT DEBATE:

45 Years After Roe vs. Wade: Should Abortion Remain Legal?

The eleventh annual Great Debate sponsored by the Aquinas Institute for Catholic Thought (AICT) will be held on Wednesday, February 28, 2018, at 7:00 p.m. on the campus of the University of Colorado, Boulder in Chemistry 140. Stephanie Gray, pro-life activist, and president of Love Unleashes Life, will go head to head with CU law professor, Scott A. Moss. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are free for all CU students and a suggested $5 donation for all others. Tickets are available online now for non-student tickets only (a small processing fee applies for online sales). We will distribute tickets at all weekend Masses February 17-18 and February 24-25, and at the UMC on February 22nd, 23rd, and 26th. Mark your calendars as tickets are expected to go quickly! For more info, please contact the Catholic Center at 303- 443-8383, or email Scott Powell: scott.powell@thomascenter.org.

 

 

Tickets are FREE FOR CU STUDENTS and can be picked up anytime at the St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Center (1520 Euclid Ave, Boulder). For everyone else, tickets a suggested $5.00 donation and can be acquired at the Catholic Center or online at: 

https://events.ticketprinting.com/event/Greatdebate-25614

Please join us for a reception immediately following the debate at the St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Student Center (1520 Euclid Ave).

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Debater Biographies:

Stephanie Gray, Canadian Pro Life Activist, President of, Love Unleashes Life

Stephanie Gray, Canadian Pro Life Activist, President of, Love Unleashes Life

Stephanie Gray is a seasoned and international speaker who began presenting at the age of 18. She has given over 800 pro-life presentations across North America as well as in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Austria, Latvia, Guatemala, and Costa Rica.  She has spoken at many post-secondary institutions such as Yale University, George Washington University, the University of California, Berkeley, and the University of Sussex in England.  In 2017, Stephanie was a presenter for the series "Talks at Google," speaking on abortion at Google headquarters in Mountain View, California.

Stephanie has debated abortion advocates such as physicians who do abortions, which includes debating late-term abortionist Dr. Fraser Fellows in front of medical students at the University of Western Ontario’s Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry.  She has also debated Ron Fitzsimmons, executive director of the National Coalition of Abortion Providers, Dr. Jan Narveson, Philosophy professor and recipient of the Order of Canada, Elizabeth Cavendish, legal director for NARAL Pro-Choice America, and Dr. Malcolm Potts, the first medical director for International Planned Parenthood Federation.  Stephanie’s audiences are vast, including medical students, churches of various denominations, seminaries, high schools, and pro-life organizations.

Stephanie has done hundreds of media interviews, which include being a guest on CTV News, CBC News, CBC’s The Current, Global News, EWTN, Catholic Answers Radio, 100 Huntley Street’s Listen Up, and the Miracle Channel’s Insight.  She has been interviewed by ABC-, NBC-, FOX-, and CBS-affiliated television news programs throughout the Midwest of the United States.

Much of Stephanie’s media experience was generated when she spent 12 years as executive director and co-founder of the Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform, a ministry that took her to Alberta and Ontario.  In 2014, she returned to her home province of British Columbia and now speaks on behalf of her ministry Love Unleashes Life.

Stephanie is author of Love Unleashes Life: Abortion & the Art of Communicating Truth as well as A Physician’s Guide to Discussing Abortion.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from UBC in Vancouver, and a Certification, with Distinction, in Health Care Ethics, from the NCBC in Philadelphia.

Scott A. Moss, University of Colorado Law School

Scott A. Moss, University of Colorado Law School

Scott Moss teaches Federal Litigation - Everything But the Trial (a pretrial drafting and simulations course), Employment Law, and Constitutional Law; he previously taught Complex Federal Litigation and Economic Analysis of Law. Students have voted him the annual teaching award at both Colorado Law and Marquette Law School; he also has won the University-wide Student Affairs Faculty Member of the Year Award for the support he has provided to Colorado Law students. His research publications (most of them cited below) analyze and propose reforms to federal litigation practice and procedure, including on summary judgment briefwriting, class action motion practice, discovery sequencing, settlement confidentiality, and damages assessments. He writes on substantive law as well, often analyzing inconsistencies in, and trying to harmonize, topice in federal public law (e.g., how employment discrimination and free speech law apply differently in school settings, how substantive discrimination precedents can conflict with procedural precedents, and how state and federal constitutional doctrines can interpret the same texts differently) and state private law (e.g., how states adopt and reject exceptions to employment at will inconsistently).

Moss's research, bar activities, and teaching overlap: he has co-authored a leading employment law casebook published by Aspen; he has been selected to serve as Secretary of the American Bar Association Section on Labor & Employment Law, as well as to speak at ABA Section events; he regularly writes and lectures on employment law for other national and Colorado CLE events and conventions, including those sponsored by the National Employment Lawyers Association and its Colorado chapter, the Colorado Bar Association, and others; and he has testified repeatedly before Colorado legislature committees to offer his research and analyses of proposed legislation.

A lawyer for six years before entering teaching, Professor Moss is an experienced trial and appellate litigator who continues to litigate when he can.  He also has served as a Boulder County hearing officer, presiding over evidentiary submissions and testimony, and writing a binding decision, reviewing County employment decision-making. He has counseled and represented clients in non-litigation settings: negotiating settlements privately or in mediation; drafting and reviewing employment handbooks, contracts, and noncompetition provisions; and advising small businesses on employment practices, employment law compliance, and particular personnel decisions.