Las Casas Institute
“To think clearly is a necessary first step towards political regeneration” – George Orwell
Why does a passion for social justice mean asking hard questions?
What does a Dominican Institute bring to today’s problems?
Much is obviously wrong at every level in society, locally, nationally, and globally, but advancing social justice requires hard thought about difficult problems. Nor is thinking well best done in isolation.
Present-day Dominicans take inspiration from the 16th-century friar Bartolomé de Las Casas who championed the rights of indigenous peoples in the Americas in part by drawing on the academic fire-power and support of fellow friars at the University of Salamanca.
The Las Casas Institute brings together a growing academic family or community of scholars, mainly lay women and men, who draw on the rich tradition of Catholic social thought, teaching, and practice.