Ethics/Religion and Society Lecture Series

"Justice, Tolerance and Diversity"

The purpose of the lecture series is to debate the meanings of justice, tolerance and diversity as well as their relationship to each other.  How do different definitions of or approaches to justice affect the understandings of tolerance and diversity?  Likewise, how does one's understanding of diversity affect one's view of justice?  Which differences are most significant and which must be tolerated?

2013-2014 Speakers

Gayatri Spivak

  • September, 19, 2013 at 7:00 PM
  • James and Carolin Duff Banquet Center in the Cintas Center

Prof. Spivak is director of the Center for Comparative Literature at Columbia University.  She writes on postmodernism, feminism and Marxism, and her scholarship has been honored around the world.  Among her many publications are: Translation of and introduction to Derrida's Of Grammatology (Johns Hopkins Press, 1976); In Other Worlds: Essays in Cultural Politics (Methuen, 1987); Selected Subaltern Studies (Oxford University Press, 1988); Outside In the Teaching Machine (London: Routledge, 1993); The Spivak Reader (Routledge, 1996); A Critique of Post-Colonial Reason: Toward a History of the Vanishing Present (Harvard University Press, 1999); Death of a Discipline (Columbia University Press, 2003).   She will speak on justice and diversity from the perspective of postmodern feminism.

Kwame Anthony Appiah

  • October 3, 2013 at 7:00 PM
  • Conaton Board Room (second floor of Schmidt Hall).

Prof. Appiah teaches philosophy and African-American studies at Princeton.  He was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters; he is a member of the Advisory Board of the United Nations Democracy Fund and Chair of the Board of the American Council of Learned Societies. Among his writings are: In My Father?s House: Africa in the Philosophy of Culture (Oxford University Press, 1992); Color Conscious: The Political Morality of Race (Princeton University Press,1996); Bu Me Bé: The Proverbs of the Akan with Peggy Appiah and Ivor Agyeman-Duah (The Center for Intellectual Renewal, 2002); Thinking It Through: An Introduction to Contemporary Philosophy (Oxford University Press, 2003); The Ethics of Identity (Princeton University Press, 2005); Cosmopolitanism: Ethics in a World of Strangers (Norton, 2006); Experiments in Ethics. (Harvard University Press, forthcoming).  His lecture is titled, "Respecting Gay People: Justice and the Interpretation of Scriptures."       

Mark Jordan

  • November 11, 2013 at 7:00 PM
  • Conaton Board Room (second floor of Schmidt Hall).

The Richard Reinhold Niebuhr Professor of Divinity in the Harvard School of Divinity, Prof. Jordan writes on sexual ethics. His publications include: The Invention of Sodomy in Christian Theology (University of Chicago Press, 1997); The Silence of Sodom: Homosexuality in Modern Catholicism (University of Chicago Press, 2002); The Ethics of Sex (Wiley-Blackwell, 2002); Telling Truths in Church: Scandal, Flesh, and Christian Speech (Beacon, 2004); Rewritten Theology: Aquinas after His Readers (Wiley-Blackwell, 2006); and Recruiting Young Love: How Christians Talk about Homosexuality (University of Chicago Press, 2011).

James Campbell

  • Thursday, November 21, 2013 at 7:00 PM
  • Conaton Board Room (second floor of Schmidt Hall)

The Distinguished University Professor at the University of Toledo, Prof. Campbell writes on American Philosophy.  His books include The Community Reconstructs: the Meaning of Pragmatic Social Thought (University of Illinois Press), Understanding John Dewey: Nature and Cooperative Intelligence (Open Court), and Recovering Benjamin Franklin: An Exploration of a Life of Science and Service (Open Court).  He has been a Fulbright Lecturer at the University of Innsbruck (1990-91), and the University of Munich (2003-04).

Robert George

  • January 23, 2014 at 7:00 PM
  • Conaton Board Room  (second floor of Schmidt Hall)

Prof. George teaches law at Princeton University.  He founded and directs the James Madison program at Princeton University.  He writes on law, politics and ethics.  He has been a member of the United States Commission on Civil Rights, the President?s Council on Bioethics, the Council on Foreign Relations, and a Judicial Fellow at the Supreme Court.  He has received the Presidential Citizens Medal and a Bradley Award for Civic and Intellectual Achievement.  His many publications include: Making Men Moral (Clarendon, 1995); Great Cases in Constitutional Law (Princeton University Press, 2000);  In Defense of Natural Law (Oxford University Press, 2001); Clash of Orthodoxies: Law, Religion and Morality in Crisis (ISI, 2002); The Meaning of Marriage: Family, State, Market, and Morals (Spence, 2006); Body-Self Dualism (Cambridge University Press, 2007); Embryo: A Defense of Human Life (Doubleday, 2008). 

Fr. Virgilio Elizondo

  • January 29, 2014 (CANCELED)
  • Conaton Board Room (second floor of Schmidt Hall)

Prof. Elizondo teaches pastoral and Hispanic theology at University of Notre Dame.  A leading authority on Latino religion in the United States, Fr. Elizondo is a recipient of the Quasten Medal, the Laetare Medal and the Pro Eccleisa et Pontifice Medal; he was named in 2000 by Time magazine as one of the leading spiritual innovators of the new century.  He has produced many television programs, and his publications include the following: The Treasure of Guadalupe (Rowman & Littlefield, 2006); Latino Religions and Civic Activism in the United States (Oxford University Press, 2005); A God of Incredible Surprises, Jesus of Galilee (Rowman & Littlefield, 2003); San Fernando Cathedral: Soul of the City (Orbis, 1999); Mestizo Worship (Collegeville, 1998); Guadalupe: Mother of the New Creation (Orbis, 1997). 

Waleed El-Ansary and Muhammad Zia ul-Haq

  • Tuesday, February 11, 2014; 7:00 pm
  • Conaton Board Room (second floor of Schmidt Hall)

Waleed El-Ansary is University Chair of Islamic Studies at Xavier University.  Prof. El-Ansary received an MA in Economics from the University of Maryland and his PhD in the Human Sciences with a concentration in Islamic Studies from George Washington University.  He is the author of Not by Bread Alone: Lectures of E. F. Schumacher (Bloomington, IN: World Wisdom Books, forthcoming) and co-editor of Muslim and Christian Understanding: Theory and Application of "A Common Word" (New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010).

Muhammad Zia ul-Haq is dean of the Faculty of Sharia and Law at the Islamic International University in Islamabad. Prof. Zia ul-Haq received his doctorate in Islamic law from the Institute Superieuer Du Theologie, Ezzituna University, Tunis, Tunisia and he also has graduate degrees in Arabic and Islamic Studies.  He is the author of numerous books on Islamic law.

Professors El-Ansary and Zia ul-Haq will speak on justice, tolerance and diversity in Islam.

Stephen Long

  • February 24, 2014 at 7:00 PM
  • Conaton Board Room (second floor of Schmidt Hall)

Dr. Long is a professor of systematic theology at Marquette University.  His doctorate is from Duke University.  He is an ordained United Methodist and served in Honduras and North Carolina.  He has published eight books:  Living the Discipline: United Methodist Theological Reflections on War, Civilization, and Holiness (Grand Rapids, Michigan: William B. Eerdmanns, 1992), Tragedy, Tradition, Transformism: The Ethics of Paul Ramsey (Boulder, Oxford: Westview Press, 1993) Divine Economy: Theology and the Market (London and New York, Routledge, 2000) The Goodness of God: Theology, Church and Social Order, (Brazos Press, 2001) John Wesley's Moral Theology: The Quest for God and Goodness (Kingswood, 2005), Calculated Futures, (Baylor, 2007), Theology and Culture (Cascade, 2007), Speaking of God: Theology, Truth and Language (Eerdmann, 2008).

Thomas Hibbs

  • March 17, 2014 7:00 PM
  • Conaton Board Room (second floor of Schmidt Hall)

Prof. Hibbs taught at Boston College for 13 years and is currently Distinguished Professor of Ethics & Culture and Dean of the Honors College at Baylor University, where he also directs the Great Texts Program and the Baylor Interdisciplinary Core.  His writings include: Dialectic and Narrative in Aquinas: An Interpretation of the Summa Contra Gentiles (University of Notre Dame Press, 1995); Shows About Nothing: Nihilism in Popular Culture from The Exorcist to Seinfeld (Spence Publications, 2000) Virtue's Splendor: Wisdom, Prudence, and the Human Good (Fordham University Press, 2001); Aquinas, Ethics, and Philosophy of Religion: Metaphysics and Practice (Indiana University Press, 2007); Arts of Darkness: American Noir and the Quest for Redemption (Spence, 2008); and, in addition to scholarly articles, numerous popular book and film reviews. 

Fr. Thomas Guarino

  • Date to be determined

Prof. Guarino teaches at Seton Hall and writes on theology and postmodernism.  He is a Fellow of the Center of Theological Inquiry at Princeton and on the Board of The Center for Catholic and Evangelical Dialogue.  Among his writings are: Vattimo and Theology (T & T Clark International, 2009); Foundations of Systematic Theology (T & T Clark International, 2005); Revelation and Truth: Unity and Plurality in Contemporary Theology (University of Scranton).