Lecture Series

The William R. (Dick) Connolly Ethics Lecture Series, sponsored by the Department of Philosophy and Religion, brings ethicists from both religious and philosophical backgrounds to explore questions of value, justice, responsibility and meaning in the realm of human conduct and the moral life. Lecturers examine significant ethical issues in the contemporary world and ways in which moral reflection might be brought to bear on them. The series is intended to bring focus to the study and practice of ethics among our students and the larger community.

Upcoming Lectures

  • 2017-2018: William Rory Dickson, PhD, University of Winnipeg – “Islam and the Challenge of E Pluribus Unum

Recent Lectures

  • 2016-2017: Nancy Snow, University of Oklahoma – “From ‘Ordinary’ Virtue to Aristotelian Virtue

  • 2015-2016: Rebecca Todd Peters, PhD, Elon University - “Solidarity in a Globalizing World”

  • 2014-2015: William R. (Dick) Connolly, PhD, University of Evansville - “Thomas Paine: The Making of a Neglected American Founder”

  • 2013-2014: Dr. Frederick Glennon, LeMoyne College - “‘Let Them Die?: Restoring the Social in Responsibility”

  • 2012-2013: Dr. Luciano Floridi, University of Hertfordshire and University of Oxford - "Information Ethics and the Political Foundations of the Information Society"

  • 2011-2012: C. Melissa Snarr, Vanderbilt Divinity School - "Jesus was a Low Wage Worker: Religious Activism for Living Wages"

  • 2010-2011: William Stephens, Creighton University - "How to Eat Ethically"

  • 2009-2010: Ellen Ott Marshall, Candler School of Theology - “Faith and Politics: Ethical Considerations”

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Room 342, Olmsted Administration Hall