Ethics/Religion and Society Program

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The Ethics/Religion and Society (E/RS) Program realizes Xavier University's Catholic and Jesuit mission by providing opportunities for the ethical and/or religious analysis of socially significant issues. E/RS promotes critical attention to the philosophical and theological implications of social problems, encourages attention to questions of peace and justice, and promotes compassionate solidarity and service.



Upcoming Events

The Ethics/Religion and Society Program sponsors visiting speakers and community roundtables. The theme of our current Distinguished Speakers Series is

Imagining the Human Future: Contemporary Challenges and Ethical Resources.




Inaugural Xavier University Laudato Si Lecture:

"The Role of Jesuit Universities in Advancing Laudato Si"

The Ethics/Religion and Society Program and the Brueggeman Center for Dialogue warmly invite you to attend the Inaugural Laudato Si Lecture by Dr. Nancy Tuchman, Founding Dean of the School of Environmental Sustainability at Loyola University Chicago.

Dr. Tuchman chairs the International Association of Jesuit Universities' (IAJU) Task Force on Environmental & Economic Justice and she co-edits the Jesuits' free online environmental science textbook Healing Earth, which received the inaugural Expanded Reason Award from Pope Francis and the Vatican in 2017.

In addressing "The Role of Jesuit Universities in Advancing Laudato Si", Dr. Tuchman will help Xavier as a Laudato Si University to reflect further on how to practically advance our Laudato Si Action Plan within budgetary and institutional parameters.

Wednesday, April 26th @ 7PM - Conaton Board Room (2nd Floor, Schmidt Hall)



Ethics/Religion and Society and the Core Curriculum

Xavier University's core curriculum includes the Ethics/Religion and Society Focus. The goal of this sequence of courses is to foster students' understanding of socially significant issues from the perspectives of the humanities, especially literature, philosophy, and theology, as well as the social and natural sciences. The Focus is comprised of four courses:

  • Ethics as an Introduction to Philosophy
  • Theological Foundations
  • Literature and the Moral Imagination
  • An elective course concerned with the ethical and/or religious dimensions of socially significant issues.

The Besl Family Chair in Ethics/Religion and Society is held by a visiting professor who focuses on socially significant issues.

The E/RS Focus has received recognition from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the McGregor Fund, and the John Templeton Foundation.

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