Jorge Garcia, author of "Heart of Racism," opened the 2012 Ethics/Religion and Society Lecture Series

The current theme of the three-year series is "Justice, Tolerance and Diversity" | January 1, 2012

Jorge Garcia, a philosophy professor at Boston College and a fellow of the Du Bois Institute at Harvard University, was the first speaker of the 2012 Ethics/Religion and Society Lecture Series. Garcia, the author of “The Heart of Racism: Essays on Diversity, Race, and Relativism” and more than 80 articles on ethics, medical ethics and race, gave his presentation in the Conaton Board Room on Thursday, Jan. 26.

The theme of the current three-year series is "Justice, Tolerance and Diversity." Lecturers are invited to debate the meanings of justice, tolerance and diversity and 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 annual lecture series provides opportunities for ethical and or religious analysis of socially significant issues. The lectures are free and open to the public.

Garcia’s appearance is followed by a presentation on the following day, Friday, Jan. 27, at 3:00 by his wife, Laura Garcia, a scholar in residence at Boston College who has taught there and at numerous other universities. Her lecture, “A Feminist Defense of Male/Female Complementarity," takes place at 3:00 p.m. in the Conaton Board Room in Schmidt Hall. Garcia writes on natural theology, ethics and feminism.

The series sponsored five speakers in the fall of 2011. The final two speakers for spring 2012 are:

• William Wagner on Tuesday, Feb. 28, at 7:00 p.m. in the Schiff Conference Room at the Cintas Center. A professor of law at The Catholic University of America, Wagner directs the Interdisciplinary Program in Law and Religion. He has been a Fulbright research scholar at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Law in Heidelberg, Germany. He is also the author of “The Contractual Reallocation of Procreative Resources and Parental Rights: The Natural Endowment Critique.” Wagner will present two lectures, one on “John Courtney Murray and the Vatican II Declaration on Religious Liberty” and another on law and diversity.

• Waheed Hussain on Monday, Apr. 9, at 7:00 p.m. in the Schiff Conference Room at the Cintas Center. Hussain teaches legal studies and business ethics at the Wharton School of Business. He writes on the intersection of morality and public life. He will present two lectures, one on Islam and business, and another on a more general discussion of Islam and modernity.

For more information, please call 513-745-2009 or visit the Ethics/Religion and Society website.