The Ethics/Religion and Society Lecture Series kicks off the year with Shawn Copeland on Oct. 9

The first lecture is about theological anthropology and race and gender in the Catholic Church | September 26, 2012

Xavier’s Ethics/Religion and Society Lecture Series, following its theme of “Justice, Tolerance and Diversity,” presents Shawn Copeland on Oct. 9 speaking about theological anthropology and race and gender in the Catholic Church. Copeland speaks at 7:00 p.m. in the Duff Banquet Center at the Cintas Center.

Each year, the series brings in speakers to deliver lectures on a particular theme. The current three-year theme examines the meanings of justice, tolerance and diversity as well as their interrelationships, and upcoming lectures focus on different aspects of the theme such as race and gender, human dignity and Judaism. The Ethics/Religion and Society series welcomes the public to its free lectures series all year. Learn more about the series at the ERS website.

The first presenter this year, Shawn Copeland, is a professor of theology at Boston College, one of 28 sister Jesuit universities in the country. She has been president of the Catholic Theological Society of America and holds honorary degrees from the Catholic Theological Union and the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley. She has received the Distinguished Scholar Award from the Black Religious Scholars Group. Among her publications are: Enfleshing Freedom: Body, Race, and Being (Fortress Press, 2010); Uncommon Faithfulness: The Black Catholic Experience (Orbis Books, 2009); The Subversive Power of Love: The Vision of Henriette Delille (Paulist Press, 2009).

The second lecture this fall takes place on Nov. 15 when David Solomon speaks on the relation between justice and diversity from the perspective of the contemporary ethical debate over human dignity. Solomon is the founder and director of the Center for Ethics and Culture at the University of Notre Dame, where he also teaches. He has been a National Endowment of Humanities Research Fellow at Oxford University, a Milbank Research Fellow at Boston University and a University Research Fellow at Oxford University. He writes on ethics and is currently writing a monograph on the recent revival of virtue ethics and two volumes of collected materials from the annual Notre Dame Conference on Medical Ethics.

On Nov. 19, David Novak presents a lecture on the relationship between justice and diversity from a Jewish perspective. He is chair of Jewish Studies, a professor of religion and a professor of philosophy at the University of Toronto. He is a fellow of the American Academy for Jewish Research and the Academy for Jewish Philosophy, a member of the Board of Consulting Scholars of the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University, and he’s been a fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C.

Novak delivered the Lancaster/Yarnton Lectures at Oxford University and was a Charles E. Test M.D. Distinguished Visiting Scholar at Princeton. He is the author of 14 books, including Covenantal Rights: A Study in Jewish Political Theory (Princeton University Press, 2000), which won the Best Book in Constructive Religious Thought Award from the American Academy of Religion in 2000. He has edited four books and is the author of more than 200 articles in scholarly and intellectual journals.