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What is Interregnum?

Interregnum is the three-day, all-campus conference that culminates a year’s worth of theme exploration. Interregnum galvanizes students, faculty, and staff towards participating in various events, including student speech competitions, parliamentary-style debates, and an evening assembly featuring a notable speaker.

Interregnum XIV: Compassion

noun | com·pas·sion

Sympathetic consciousness of others’ distress together with a desire to alleviate it

Exodus 34:6-7 (NIV) And he passed in front of Moses, proclaiming, “The Lord, the Lord, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, maintaining love to thousands, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin. Yet he does not leave the guilty unpunished; he punishes the children and their children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation.”


The required reading selections for this year are Hard Times by Charles Dickens and the short story “The Lame Shall Enter First” by Flannery O’Connor.

Learn about the readings.

Evening Lecture

Marvin Olasky

Dr. Marvin Olasky will give the evening lecture for Interregnum XIV: Compassion. The lecture will take place Tuesday, April 3 at 7:00PM at 150 West 83rd Street on the Upper West Side.

Dr. Olasky is the editor-in-chief of WORLD Magazine, and the author of more than 20 books including The Tragedy of American Compassion and Compassionate Conservatism, which was instrumental in defining the idea of ‘compassionate conservatism.’ In addition, Dr. Olasky serves as the Distinguished Chair in Journalism and Public Policy at Patrick Henry College in Virginia. He is the former provost of The King’s College, a position he held from 2007 to 2011.