The Aquinas Institute for Catholic Thought is thrilled to announce our 10th Annual Great Debate!

This year's theme is:


Catholic Feminism: Is the Church Anti-Woman?

 The tenth annual Great Debate sponsored by the Aquinas Institute for Catholic Thought (AICT) will be held on Thursday, February 23, 2017, at 7:00 p.m. on the campus of the University of Colorado, Boulder in Math 100. 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 at  for non-student tickets only (a small processing fee applies for online sales). Non-student tickets will be available and we will distribute student tickets at all weekend Masses February 11-12 and February 17-18. 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:



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:

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:

Erika Bachiochi, Ethics and Public Policy Center

Erika Bachiochi, Ethics and Public Policy Center

Erika Bachiochi is a Visiting Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center and a Research Fellow at the Terrence J. Murphy Institute at the University of St. Thomas Law School. Erika specializes in Equal Protection jurisprudence, feminist legal theory, Catholic social teaching, and sexual ethics.  An intellectual leader of the new feminism, Erika speaks widely on abortion, sexual economics, the impact of the new sexual norms on women and the poor, care ethics, and authentic reproductive justice.
Recent scholarly publications include “Embodied Equality: Debunking Equal Protection Arguments for Abortion Rights,” Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy (2011) and “Women, Sexual Asymmetry & Catholic Teaching,” Christian Bioethics (Oxford University, 2013). She has edited two books:  Women, Sex & the Church: A Case for Catholic Teaching (Pauline Books and Media, 2011), and The Cost of Choice: Women Evaluate the Impact of Abortion (Encounter Books, 2004)As a member of the Catholic Women’s Forum, Erika has submitted papers to the Pontifical Council on the Laity (Women’s Division), and as a speaker at the World Meeting of Families (2015), to the Pontifical Council on the Family. She has represented the Holy See at the Commission on the Status of Women at the United Nations and is a contributor to the Law Professor Blogs Network blog, Mirror of Justice.
Erika is currently working on a book on rival feminisms and the Supreme Court, tentatively entitled, Missing From the Bench: Women, Rights, and the Supreme Court. 
Mary Anne Case, University of Chicago

Mary Anne Case, University of Chicago

A graduate of Yale College and the Harvard Law School, Mary Anne Case studied at the University of Munich; litigated for Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison in New York; and was professor of law and Class of 1966 Research Professor at the University of Virginia before joining the Law School faculty. She has also served as a visiting professor at New York University for the 1996-97 academic year and spring 1999, Bosch Public Policy Fellow at the American Academy in Berlin in spring 2004, Crane Fellow in Law and Public Affairs at Princeton University for the 2006-07 academic year, Samuel Rubin Visiting Professor at Columbia Law School in spring 2013, and Fernand Braudel Fellow at the European University Institute in spring 2016.
The subjects she has taught include feminist jurisprudence, constitutional law, regulation of sexuality, marriage, family law, sex discrimination, religious freedom, and European legal systems. She is the convenor of the Workshop on Regulating Family, Sex, and Gender. While her diverse research interests include German contract law, theological anthropology, and the First Amendment, her scholarship to date has concentrated on the regulation of sex, gender, sexuality, religion, and the family; and on the early history of feminism.