Fall Semester 2012 Ethics/Religion and Society Lectures

September 10, 2012

Xavier University’s Ethics/Religion and Society Lecture Series “Justice, Tolerance, and Diversity” welcomes the public to its free lectures for the fall semester. The series debates the meanings of justice, tolerance and diversity as well as their interrelationships. How do different definitions of or approaches to justice affect the understandings of tolerance and diversity? How does one’s understanding of diversity affect one’s view of justice? Which differences are most significant and which must be tolerated? The Ethics/Religion and Society website has the latest information: www.xavier.edu/ers/

Shawn Copeland: 9 October 2012; Duff Banquet Center in the Cintas Center, 7:00 pm.
She will speak about theological anthropology and race and gender in the Catholic Church. Copeland is a professor of theology at Boston College. 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).

David Solomon: 15 November 2012; Conaton Learning Commons 412, 7:00 pm.
He will speak on the relation between justice and diversity from the perspective of the contemporary ethical debate over human dignity. Solomon teaches at the University of Notre Dame and is the founder and director of the Center for Ethics and Culture at the University of Notre Dame. 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 has lectured at more than 100 American and European colleges and universities. He writes on ethics, and he 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.

David Novak: 19 November 2012; Conaton Learning Commons 412, 7:00 pm.
He will speak on the relation between justice and diversity from the perspective of Judaism. Novak is Chair of Jewish Studies, a professor of Religion, and a professor of Philosophy at the University of Toronto. He completed his undergraduate studies and an MHL (Master of Hebrew Literature) from the University of Chicago. His rabbinic diploma is from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America and his doctorate in philosophy is from Georgetown University. 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 has been a Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C. He delivered the Lancaster/Yarnton Lectures at Oxford University and was a Charles E. Test, M.D. Distinguished Visiting Scholar at Princeton University. Novak is the author fourteen books, including: In Defense of Religious Liberty (ISI Books. 2009), The Jewish Social Contract: A Essay in Political Theology (Princeton University Press, 2005), and Talking with Christians: Musings of a Jewish Theologian (Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2005). His book, Covenantal Rights: A Study in Jewish Political Theory (Princeton University Press, 2000) won the award of the American Academy of Religion for best book in constructive religious thought in 2000. He has edited four books, and is the author of over 200 articles in scholarly and intellectual journals.