Spring Ethics/Religion and Society Lecture Series

February 1, 2013

Xavier University’s Ethics/Religion and Society Lecture Series “Justice, Tolerance, and Diversity” welcomes the public to its free lectures for the spring semester. The series debates the meanings of justice, tolerance and diversity as well as their interrelationships.

Fred Evans: Wednesday, February 20th, 2013 at 7:00 pm in Conaton Learning Commons 412. Evans will speak on diversity and postmodernism in a lecture titled, “The Dilemma of Diversity: Democracy, Justice and the Primacy of Voices.” He is a professor of Philosophy and coordinator of the Center for Interpretive and Qualitative Research at Duquesne University. He received his BA and MA in philosophy from Indiana University, his PhD in philosophy from the State University of New York at StonyBrook, and an MA in Psychology from the University of Regina in Canada. He worked for an NGO in Laos during the 1970s.

Paul Gavrilyuk: Friday, March 22nd, 2013 at 3:00 pm in the Conaton Board Room (second floor of Schmidt Hall). Gavrilyuk will speak on Eastern Orthodoxy and diversity. He is a professor of Theology at the University of St. Thomas. He received a BS from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology and an MTS and PhD (theology) from Southern Methodist University. As an Eastern Orthodox historian and theologian, he offers courses in the history of Christian doctrine, Christianity in late antiquity, liturgical studies, and Russian religious thought. He has lectured in Italy, France, Belgium, Russia, Ukraine, and Kazakhstan; he has been a visiting professor at Harvard Divinity School.

Susannah Heschel: Monday, April 8th at 7:00 pm in the Conaton Board Room (second floor of Schmidt Hall). Heschel teaches Jewish Studies at Dartmouth College and has held visiting professorships at Princeton, Tufts, the University of Frankfurt, the University of Edinburgh, and the University of Cape Town. She writes on Jewish-Christian relations, the history of biblical scholarship, and the history of anti-Semitism.

Peter Huff: Tuesday, April 23rd at 7:00 pm in Conaton Learning Commons, 412 (Kennedy Auditorium). He will speak on diversity and the Catholic Church: "Dignum et Justum: Justice, Diversity, and the Mystery of Catholicity." Huff holds the Besl Chair, an endowed chair of the Ethics/Religion and Society program at Xavier University. He is currently on leave from Centenary College of Louisiana, where he holds the T. L. James chair in religious studies. He studied at the Cleveland Institute of Music, Mercer University, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and Indiana University; he received his Ph.D. in historical theology from Saint Louis University. Prof. Huff has been a significant contributor to dialogue between Christians and Buddhists and between Christians and Mormons.