Ethics Lecture

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.

Past Lectures

William R. Connolly Ethics Lecture Series - Islam and the Challenge of E Pluribus Unum

Monday, March 19, 2018, 7:00 p.m.
Schroeder Family School of Business Administration Building, Smythe Lecture Hall, Room 170, University of Evansville Campus, 1800 Lincoln Ave, Evansville, IN

Presented by William Rory Dickson, PhD, University of Winnipeg.

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The Latin phrase E Pluribus Unum, or “Out of many, One,” was the de facto American motto from 1782 until 1956. Rooted in ancient Greek philosophy, the motto is based upon the Pythagorean ideal of friendship, wherein the love of the other unifies the friends as one. The motto’s profound social meaning is the possibility of a genuine unity forged across the borders of identity. Many observers would argue that drawing together peoples of diverse religious, cultural, racial, economic, and ideological identities into a common solidarity, remains the great challenge of America, one felt perhaps more acutely in recent years. It is of course a pressing global issue as well. This talk is premised on the question, what might Islam have to contribute to this perpetual and timely challenge? How might Islam’s rich intellectual tradition provide us with conceptual tools to navigate the contemporary social issue of making one out of many?

This event was free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Lisa Kretz, Director of the Ethics Program.

William R. (Dick) Connolly, PhD
Emeritus Professor, Department of Philosophy and Religion, University of Evansville.

Dick Connolly retired in 2013 after 42 years at the University of Evansville where he was a popular professor and much sought after speaker. In honor of his dedication to the Ethics Program and his years of service, this lecture series is now named in his honor.

William R. Connolly Ethics Lecture Series - From ‘Ordinary’ Virtue to Aristotelian Virtue

Wednesday, March 1, 2017,

Nancy Snow, University of Oklahoma

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William R. Connolly Ethics Lecture Series - Solidarity in a Globalizing World

Monday, March 14, 2016, 7:00 p.m.
Room 251, Ridgway University Center, Eykamp Hall, University of Evansville Campus, 1800 Lincoln Ave, Evansville, IN

Rebecca Todd Peters, PhD

Free and open to the public.

William R. Connolly Ethics Lecture Series - Thomas Paine: The Making of a Neglected American Founder

Tuesday, March 24, 2015, 7:00 p.m.
Ridgway University Center, Eykamp Hall, University of Evansville Campus, 1800 Lincoln Ave, Evansville, IN

Thomas Paine: The Making of a Neglected American Founder

What has Grantham, England, near Harlaxton, to do with contemporary debates about the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, Social Security, or labor unions? William R. (Dick) Connolly, Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at the University of Evansville, will offer the 6th Annual Ethics lecture that will help answer that question. Connolly will discuss the often neglected American founder, Thomas Paine, who has two plaques in Grantham acknowledging him and his political contributions. Paine was involved in the American and French Revolutions, and his writings, such as Common Sense, The American Crisis, and The Age of Reason, laid the foundations for subsequent politics, defending as he did individual rights and liberties, freedom from religious persecution, the rights of workers to engage in collective action, and the basis for the modern social safety net. While Paine died in obscurity, his moral and political ideals have shaped modern America in ways that far surpass the influence of more renowned American founders. Those today that debate social security, the rights of labor to organize, and religious freedom have Thomas Paine and his writings to thank for framing these issues and offering insightful ideas that still affect our discussions in the 21st century.

SPONSORING ORGANIZATION: Ethics Program in the Department of Philosophy and Religion
LECTURE IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

William R. Connolly Ethics Lecture Series - Let them Die?: Restoring the Social in Responsibility

Wednesday, April 9, 2014, 7:00 p.m.
Room 170, Schroeder Family School of Business Administration Building, Smythe Lecture Hall, Room 170, University of Evansville Campus, 1800 Lincoln Ave, Evansville, IN

Let them Die?: Restoring the Social in Responsibility Dr. Frederick Glennon, professor and Chair of the Department of Religious Studies at Le Moyne College will be the guest speaker for the Fifth Annual Ethics Lecture sponsored by the Ethics Program, Dept. of Philosophy and Religion.

William R. Connolly Ethics Lecture Series - Information Ethics and the Political Foundations of the Information Society

Tuesday, November 13, 2012, 7:00 p.m.
Ridgway University Center, Eykamp Hall, University of Evansville Campus, 1800 Lincoln Ave, Evansville, IN

Luciano Floridi is professor of philosophy at the University of Hertfordshire – where he holds the Research Chair in Philosophy of Information and the UNESCO Chair of Information and Computer Ethics – and Fellow of St. Cross College, University of Oxford. He is the founder and director of the IEG, the Oxford University Information Ethics Research Group.

William R. Connolly Ethics Lecture Series - Jesus was a Low Wage Worker: Religious Activism for Living Wages

Tuesday, March 1, 2011, 7:00 p.m.

C. Melissa Snarr, Vanderbilt Divinity School

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William R. Connolly Ethics Lecture Series - How to Eat Ethically

Monday, March 1, 2010, 7:00 p.m.

William Stephens, Creighton University

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William R. Connolly Ethics Lecture Series - “Faith and Politics: Ethical Considerations”

Monday, March 2, 2009, 7:00 p.m.

Ellen Ott Marshall, Candler School of Theology

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