2015 Guest Speakers


2015 Keynote: Joseph Pearce

JOSEPH PEARCE for brochure

A native of England, Joseph Pearce is writer in residence at Aquinas College in Nashville, Tennessee, and Director of the college’s Center for Faith and Culture. He is editor of the St. Austin Review (www.staustinreview.com), an international review of Catholic culture, series editor of the Ignatius Critical Editions (www.ignatiuscriticaleditions.com), and executive director of Catholic Courses (www.catholiccourses.com).

The internationally acclaimed author of many books, which include bestsellers such as The Quest for Shakespeare, Tolkien: Man and Myth, The Unmasking of Oscar Wilde, C. S. Lewis and The Catholic Church, Literary Converts, Wisdom and Innocence: A Life of G.K. Chesterton, Solzhenitsyn: A Soul in Exile, and Old Thunder:  A Life of Hilaire Belloc.  Joseph Pearce is a world-recognized biographer of modern Christian literary figures.  His books have been published and translated into Spanish, Portuguese, French, Dutch, Italian, Korean, Mandarin, Croatian and Polish.

Pearce has hosted two 13-part television series about Shakespeare on EWTN, and has also written and presented documentaries on EWTN on the Catholicism of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit.  Pearce has participated and lectured at a wide variety of international and literary events at major colleges and universities in the U.S., Canada, Britain, Europe, Africa and South America.  He is also a regular guest on national and international television and radio programs, and has served as consultant for film documentaries on J.R.R. Tolkien and Alexander Solzhenitsyn.



Dr. Robin Goldsmith


Dr. Robin Goldsmith is a wife, mother of four sons and an Anesthesiologist.  After attending the University of ND for undergrad and UW-Wisconsin for medical school,  she completed a residency and then fellowship in OB Anesthesia and was a on faculty for two years  She performed research in mid-gestational sheep regarding neurological injuries in-utero during fellowship and as faculty at the Univ of Iowa.  Her research won the Society of Obstetric Anesthesia and Perinatology research award.  Research from the lab where she worked led to new therapies that improved neurological outcome in preterm babies.

Goldsmith then returned to WI for private practice.  After more than 20 years as a physician and at the request of Bishop Ricken, she retired from full-time practice in order to start the St. Gianna Molla Guild NEW, a formal chapter of the Catholic Medical Association.  In her role as President of the Board of Directors she leads strategic initiatives which promote collaboration and education on all life issues.

In addition, Robin has been working for over 2 ½ years to start the St. Gianna Molla Medical Clinic which is set to open on June 29, the Feast days of Saints Peter and Paul.  As President of the Board and Chief Medical Officer, she will help create a model that will be replicable across the U.S.  as well as duplicated throughout this region.  The clinic will be a Catholic teaching clinic per the formal mission decreed by Bishop Ricken where patients of all ages and faiths will received medical care completely true to the Magisterium.  If patients are interested, they will also be taught why we believe what we believe as Catholics.