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Past Miller Lectures


Oct. 5, 2021

“How Should We Resist Hate? Free Speech vs. Censorship”
Nadine Strossen
John Marshall Harlan II Professor of Law
New York Law School

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April 12, 2022

“Mighty Be Our Powers:Investing in the Next Generation of Peacebuilders”
Leymah Gbowee
Nobel Peace Laureate, Liberian peacce activist, social worker and women’s right advocate
Founder and President of the Gbowee Peace Foundation of Africa

Sept 2020

Fall Miller Lecture with Leymah Gbowee was postponed till Spring 2022

April 8, 2021

“Norbert of Xanten: The Enduring Relevance of a 950-Year-Old Peacemaker”
Tom Kunkel 
President Emeritus 
St. Norbert College

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Oct. 29, 2019

"Resisting Hate Through Public Understanding: A 25th Anniversary Celebration of the Miller Lecture
A look back at the 25 years of the lecture series and an examination of what can be done to continue to resist hate through public understanding

Spring Lecture was Postponed

"How Should We Resist Hate? Free Speech vs. Censorship"
Nadine Strossen
John Marshall Harlan II Professor of Law
New York Law School

Oct. 30, 2018

"Breaking white Supremacy: The Social Gospel in Black and White, Then and Now"
Gary Dorrien, Ph.D.
Reinhold Niebuhr Professor of Social Ethics
Union Theological Seminary

April 4, 2019

"'Fake News' and the Coming Information Apocalypse"
Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite, Ph.D.

Professor of Theology and President Emerita
Chicago Theological Seminary

Oct. 17, 2017 “Which Common Good? Rethinking Religion, Self-Interest and Agency” 
Joerg Rieger, Ph.D.
Cal Turner Chancellor's Chair of Wesleyan Studies
Distinguished Professor of Theology
Divinity School and Graduate Department of Religion
Vanderbilt University
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March 22, 2018 “Disturbing Aesthetics of Race”
M. Shawn Copeland, Ph.D.
Professor of Systematic Theology, Boston College
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Sept. 22, 2016 “The Word Peace and the Word Justice, and Why Sometimes the Peacemakers are Blessed (but only sometimes)”
William Miller
Thomas G. Long Professor of Law, University of Michigan
March 2, 2017 “Growing up Palestinian in Israel: One Man’s Journey from Revenge to Reconciliation”
Aziz Abu Sarah
Co-Founder and Co-CEO of MEJDI Tours
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March 1, 2016 “The Faces of Modern-Day Slavery”
Lisa Kristine
Humanitarian Photographer 
Sept. 24, 2015 “Imagining Heschel: Catholicism and Other Religions”
Readings from the play “Imagining Heschel,” by Colin Greer
Discussion followed with Rev. John Pawlikowski
Former president of the International Council of Christians and Jews 
March 9, 2015 “The Moral Imagination: Conflict Transformation in the Contemporary World” 
John Paul Lederach
Professor of International Peacebuilding
Director of Peace Accords Matrix
Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, University of Notre Dame 
Oct. 28, 2014 “The Recruitment of Human Race Activists”
James Forbes
The Harry Emerson Fosdick Distinguished Professor at Union Theological Seminary 
Senior Minister Emeritus of The Riverside Church
President of the Healing of the Nations Foundation  
Feb. 27, 2014  “Interfaith Leadership on America’s Sacred Ground”
Eboo Patel
Founder and President, Interfaith Youth Core
Oct. 16, 2013 “Changing Seasons in the Middle East: The Impact on Human Rights”
Micheline Ishay
Distinguished Professor of International Studies and Human Rights
Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver 
March 7, 2013 Musical Performance: “Treasures of World Song”
Gerard Edery
Oct. 2, 2012 “Seeing Through Different Lenses: How Jews and Christians Read Scripture”
Amy-Jill Levine
University Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies
Vanderbilt University
April 11, 2012 “Unlearning Racism: Confronting Apartheid in our Hearts”
Sean Callaghan
Lead Consultant at Strategic Impact
Oct. 11, 2011 “Beyond Tolerance”
Gustav Niebuhr
Associate Professor in Religion & the Media
Syracuse University
Feb. 17, 2011 “The Water in the Glass”
Leonard Pitts, Jr.
Pulitzer Prize Winning Columnist
Oct. 5, 2010 “Diversity, Community, and the Margins of American Society”
Rick Nahmias


More Past Miller Lecturers 

  • Shibley Telhami, 2010
  • Alan Wolfe, 2008
  • Kevin Phillips, 2007
  • David Halberstam, 2006
  • Garry Wills, 2005
  • Reuven Firestone, 2004
  • Michael Beschloss, 2003
  • Benjamin Barber, 2002
  • Stephen Carter, 2001
  • Martin Marty, 2000
  • Elie Wiesel, 1999
  • William Sloane Coffin, 1998
  • Haynes Johnson, 1997
  • Morris Dees, 1996
  • Jean Bethke Elshtain, 1995
  • Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., 1994 
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