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Pleasure and Pain: The Meaning of Our Emotions

The 2014-2015 Newman Lecture Series

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Human existence is marked by pleasure and pain.  By nature, we seek one and flee the other.  To find the meaning of such feelings and of our other affects, including spiritual ones, we must turn to the global meaning of life.

Are pleasure and pain intelligible? How do they bear on our interpersonal relationships?  How are they influenced by the differences between the sexes, between generations, and between cultures? Is there spiritual affectivity in the face of our spiritual journey, as found in certain experiences of sorrow and joy?

Human intelligence and relationships aid in freely moderating affect. To discover how intelligence, family, and friends can mold our emotional dispositions is to find a key to appreciating and tempering emotions and desires.

The 2014-2015 Blessed Newman Lecture Series is an interdisciplinary conversation about the scientific, personal, and spiritual sense of emotion and affect. It focuses on the meaning of the inevitable pain and sorrow that can be freely transformed by sacrificial love, and the ultimate communion of joy that, throughout life and even in the face of death, serves as our final goal.


August 28, 2014 at 5:00PM

W. Bradford Wilcox, Ph.D. – The Least of These: Marriage is a Matter of Social Justice

September 25, 2014 at 5:00PM

J. Budziszewski, Ph.D. – Worm of Remorse, Balm of Atonement

February 19, 2015 at 6:30PM

Peter Kleponis, Ph.D. –  Pleasure and Pain: Understanding Pornography Addiction

March 26, 2015 

Michael Novak – Spiritual Sorrow and Joy: The Dark Night of the Soul


Lectures will be held at the Hilton Crystal City 2399 Jefferson Davis Hwy, Arlington, VA 22202. A sign in the lobby will direct you. 

Following each lecture, a wine & cheese reception will be held in the Student Lounge of IPS. IPS is located at 2001 Jefferson Davis Hwy. Arlington, VA 22202.

Complimentary parking for guests is located in the adjacent garage on Jefferson Davis Hwy. Additional accessible parking:


There is no charge to attend the Newman Lectures. Donations are however greatly appreciated. To make reservations, please RSVP below or call 703.416.1441 ext. 127. To learn more about the Blessed Newman Lecture Series, click here.



There is no charge to attend.
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You’re Invited – Special After-Lecture Party
As an addition to our Newman Lectures this fall, there will be an “after-lecture party”, perfect for perspective students or for anyone who may be interested in learning more about the overall mission and vision of IPS.    Guests can submit a special RSVP and then stay a little longer after both the lecture and wine and cheese reception to learn more about IPS.

For information about the Newman Lectures of previous years, please click here.