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Selected Speakers

Notable Speakers 

John Corvino
Wayne State University

February 20, 2020
“Civility: Its Uses and Abuses in Public Discourse"

Carrie Tirado Bramen
University at Buffalo

September 19, 2019
“The Feminist Politics of (In)Civility"

Sister Ilia Delio
Villanova University

April 16, 2019
“Artificial Intelligence and Human Desire: Can A Robot Truly Love?"

Carol Bruess
University of St. Thomas

September 27, 2018
"Our Love-Af air with Technology: Some (Inconvenient) Truths"

David M. Carr
Union Theological Seminary in New York

April 5, 2018
"Beyond Original Sin: Genesis on the Emergence of True Adulthood"

Daniel​ ​P.​ ​Horan
Catholic Theological Union in Chicago

October 26, 2017
"Racism, White Privilege and Thomas Merton on Transformative Spirituality and Justice"

Maureen O’Connell
La Salle University

February 23, 2017
"Stepping Out on Faith: Economic Justice through Community Organizing"

Martin Gilens
Princeton University

October 27, 2016
“Economic Inequality and Political Power in America”

Carl Elliott
University of Minnesota

March 10, 2016
“The Dark Side of Medicine”

Daniel P. Sulmasy
University of Chicago

November 5, 2015
“On Being a Doctor: Lessons from a Patient Named Fred”

Gary Gutting
University of Notre Dame 

March 12, 2015
“Religion in a World of Science”

Philip Clayton
Claremont School of Theology 

September 25, 2014
"Between Intelligent Design and New Atheism: Science and Religion at the Crossroads" 
Owen Flanagan
Duke University 
February 20, 2014
"Human Flourishing: Lessons From Comparative Philosophy and the Human Sciences" 
Ellen Charry
Princeton Theological Seminary 
September 26, 2013
"Happiness in the Christian Life" 
Eleonore Stump
St. Louis University
January 31, 2013
"Human Flourishing and the Common Good: Aquinas on Justice"
Robert Audi
University of Notre Dame

November 10, 2011
"Religious Diversity-A Challenge to Political Philosophy and Democratic Politics" 

Robert Schreiter
Catholic Theological Union 
February 15, 2007
"Reconciliation as a Means to Overcoming Polarization" 
Miroslav Volf
Yale Divinity School 
September 7, 2006
"Memory, Truth and Reconcilation" 
Ada Maria Isasi-Diaz
Drew University
2005-2006
“Mis Dios: Latinas’ Stories of God”
Robert Soloman
University of Texas
October 3, 2005
“Emotions, Memory, Narrativity, and ‘Bad Faith’”
Richard L Schacht
University of Illinios at Urbana-Champaign
January 28, 2003
“Nietzsche and Human Nature”
John Cobb
Claremont School of Theology 
October 10, 2002
"Peril and Promise of a Shrinking Planet" 
John Updike
Novelist/Essayist
April 26, 2001
“An Evening with John Updike" Readings from Current Work”
Susan Sontag
Fiction Writer/Essayist/Cultural Critic
Harvard, City College of New York, Columbia University
December 5, 2000
“Politics and the Arts”
Peter Phan
The Catholic University of America 
November 18, 1999
"What if the World Will Never End" 
Jaroslav Pelikan
Yale University 
September 17, 1998
"Continuity and Change in the Christian Tradition" 
Lisa CaHill
Boston College
March 20, 1997
“Euthanasia: A Theological Symposium”
James Rachels
University of Alabama at Birmingham 
September 26, 1996
"What is the Value of a Human Life?" 
Susan Haack
University of Miami
April 11, 1996
“Science as Social? – Yes and No”
Richard J. Bernstein
New School for Social Research
March 19, 1996
“Hannah Arendt: ‘The Banality of Evil’ Reconsidered”
 Richard Rorty
University of Virginia
 February 15, 1996
“Do We Need Ethical Principles?”
Alvin C. Plantinga
University of Notre Dame
November 9, 1995
“An Evolutionary Argument Against Naturalism”
John Harwood Hick
Killeen Chair Resident Scholar
April 20, 1995
"Is Christianity the Only True Religion?" 
David Tracy
The University of Chicago Divinity School 
February 9, 1995
"The Unexpected Return of the Mystics in Contemporary Theology" 
Arthur Schlesinger, Jr.
City University New York
September 28, 1994
“Disuniting of America”
Rosemary Radford Ruether
Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary
May 4, 1994
“Ecofeminism and Earth Healing”
Madeleine L'Engle
Author
April 14, 1993
“Story as Truth”
Rabbi Chaim Potok
Author
October 29, 1992
“The Story as a Map of Meaning for the Modern World”
M. Shawn Copeland
The Divinity School, Yale University 
March 19, 1991
"Measuring the Moment: Is There a Future for Catholic Social Teaching?"
Rev. Charles Curran
Auburn University
October 21, 1990
"The Rationale for Academic Freedom in Catholic Higher Education" 
Martin E. Marty
Divinity School, University of Chicago
February 18, 1988
“In the Combat Zone over U.S. Values: The Vision of One America vs. The Vision of Many Americas”
John J. McDermott
Texas A&M University
October 8, 1987
“A Cultural Introduction to Philosophy”
Rev. J. Bryan Hehir
Executive Secretary to the U.S. Council of Bishops 
April 17, 1986
"The U.S. Bishop's Pastoral Letter on the United States Economy: The International Agenda" 
Stanley Hauerwas
The Divinity School, Duke University
April 15, 1985
“The Family – A School of Character?”
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