Ethics/Religion and Society Program

Current E/RS Events

All E/RS sponsored events are free and open to members of the Xavier University Community.


E/RS Distinguished Speakers Series:

Imagining the Human Future


The Human Community presently faces distinctive practical challenges unlike any other experienced in its long history.  Rapid bio/technological advance combined with the impact of ongoing ecological degradation and increasing geopolitical instability has generated a perilous situation of existential risk, where the future of Humanity and its flourishing is rendered increasingly uncertain.  An effective response to these novel global challenges requires a creative expansion of the moral imagination, as well as a collective reorientation towards the pursuit of the Common Good. 

Our 2021-2024 Distinguished Speakers Series will bring together a variety of visionary, innovative presenters from within academia, government, and industry in order to address aspects of planetary well-being and to engage in public dialogue with members of the Xavier Community concerning issues of the Environment, Public Health, and Emerging Bio/Technologies.  The focal theme for the 2021-2022 academic year is the Environment.

Community Conversations

The community conversations sponsored by E/RS are opportunities for local leaders and the Xavier campus to discuss current issues of common concern in the Cincinnati area. Panel discussions will be followed by questions from the audience.


E/RS Events for Spring 2022


McKibben Poster for E/RS

The Ethics/Religion and Society Program and the Brueggeman Center for Dialogue warmly invite you to join

"A Conversation with Bill McKibben", Wednesday, April 20th @ 4PM. (online)

Bill McKibben is a founder of Third Act, which organizes people over the age of 60 to work on climate and racial justice. He founded the first global grassroots climate campaign,, and serves as the Schumann Distinguished Professor in Residence at Middlebury College in Vermont. In 2014 he was awarded the Right Livelihood Prize, sometimes called the ‘alternative Nobel,’ in the Swedish Parliament. He’s also won the Gandhi Peace Award, and has received honorary degrees from 19 colleges and universities. McKibben has written over a dozen books about the environment, including his first, The End of Nature, published in 1989, and the forthcoming The Flag, the Cross, and the Station Wagon: A Graying American Looks Back at his Suburban Boyhood and Wonders What the Hell Happened.

As a preliminary to Earth Day 2022, McKibben will address issues of climate justice in his lecture, "Stop the World from Burning -- Justice and Practicality, Youth and Age".

This event is free and open to members of the Xavier University Community and also to members of the general public.

To view the Conversation with Bill McKibben, please click here.


Miller Poster for E/RS

2022 Annual Sustainability Lecture:

"While Nations Promise, Cities Deliver"


David Miller will give the Xavier University Annual Sustainability Lecture on Thursday, April 21st at 7:00 p.m. in the Health United Building Commons.  Miller, whose previous roles include mayor of Toronto, Chair of the influential C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, and President & CEO of World Wildlife Fund, is a leading voice in seeking out and promoting climate change solutions. He is currently the Director of International Diplomacy at the C40 Climate Leadership Group. While mayor of Toronto (2003-2010), Miller helped the city garner international acclaim for its environmental leadership, economic strength and social integration. He is a leading advocate for the creation of sustainable urban economies and a strong and forceful champion for the next generation of jobs through sustainability.


Thursday, April 21st @ 7PM at in the Fourth Floor Commons of the Health United Building, Xavier University.

This event is presented by the Xavier University Sustainability Committee in collaboration with the Ethics/Religion and Society Program and the Brueggeman Center for Dialogue.

The event is free and open to members of the public.

To view the 2022 Sustainability Lecture with David Miller, please click here.



Ignlis and Lipinski poster for E/RS



 “Healing our Political Divides: A Climate Conversation”


The Ethics/Religion and Society Program and the Brueggeman Center for Dialogue, in collaboration with Take it On and the Building Bridges Restorative Justice Project, warmly welcome former Congressmen Robert Inglis (R-SC) and Daniel Lipinski (D-IL) to campus on Monday, April 11th for a conversation "across the aisle" concerning the respective roles of social, political and economic institutions (government and the market) in promoting Climate Action.


Robert Inglis, J.D., is the Executive Director of, a growing grassroots community of over 10,000 Americans educating the country about free-enterprise solutions to climate change.  Elected to the U.S. Congress in 1992, he represented Greenville-Spartanburg, South Carolina,  from 1993-1998 and from 2004 -2010.   In 2011, Inglis went full-time into promoting free enterprise action on climate change and in July 2012 launched the Energy and Enterprise Initiative, later to become,  Hosted at the George Mason University Foundation, this  501(c)(3) organization educates, recruits and organizes conservative voices for action on climate change.  Inglis was a Resident Fellow at Harvard University’s Institute of Politics in 2011, a Visiting Energy Fellow at Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment in 2012, and Resident Fellow at the University of Chicago’s Institute of Politics in 2014, and for his work on climate change Inglis was given the 2015 John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award. Inglis grew up in the Low country of South Carolina, went to Duke University for college, met and married his college sweetheart, graduated from the University of Virginia School of Law and practiced commercial real estate law in Greenville, S.C., before and between his years in Congress. Bob and Mary Anne Inglis have five children (a son and four daughters). They live on a small farm in northern Greenville County, South Carolina.


Daniel Lipinski, Ph.D., is currently President of Lipinski Solutions, LLC, a consulting company.  Dr. Lipinski represented the Third District of Illinois in the U.S. House of Representatives as a Democrat from 2005 to 2021. A rarity in contemporary politics, Lipinski was known as a highly knowledgeable and effective lawmaker who worked to bring people together across the aisle to solve problems. He authored 18 laws in a wide variety of issue areas including laws which boosted American manufacturing, increased research funding for the National Science Foundation, spurred technological innovation, protected the environment and fought climate change, empowered victims of sexual assault, expanded consumers’ rights, and honored veterans. Lipinski served on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee where he chaired the Subcommittee on Rail, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials as well as the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee where he chaired and served as ranking member of the Research and Technology Subcommittee.  After completing a B.S. (Northwestern University) and an M.S. (Stanford University) in engineering, Lipinski earned his Ph.D. in American Politics from Duke University and won the American Political Science Association’s Carl Albert Dissertation Award for best dissertation in legislative studies. He authored Congressional Communication: Content and Consequences (University of Michigan Press) as well as several articles and book chapters on Congress and the legislative process.   Most recently, he has published articles in First Things, America, The Atlantic, and Public Discourse, as well as op-eds in the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and Chicago Tribune. He also has a chapter in Under the Iron Dome: Congress from the Inside (Routledge 2021).


Please join us for what promises to be an engaging conversation "across the aisle". 


Monday, April 11th at the Arrupe Overlook, Gallagher Student Center, Xavier University. 

5:30pm: Informal reception

6:00pm: Main discussion followed by Q and A. 

This event is free and open to the public.


For more information, please contact James Helmer (, Mack Mariani (  or Christo Fosse (


Imagining the Human Future: Roy Scranton 

"Climate Change and the Virtues of Pessimism"

(response by Richard Polt, Professor of Philosophy)


Photo of Roy Scranton

Roy Scranton is the author of five books, including Learning to Die in the Anthropocene: Reflections on the End of a Civilization, the monograph Total Mobilization: World War II and American Literature, and the novel War Porn. His essays, articles, and reviews have been published in the New York Times, MIT Technology Review, The New Republic, and elsewhere. He was the recipient of a Mrs. Giles G. Whiting Fellowship in the Humanities (2014–2015), was a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Energy and Environmental Research in the Human Sciences at Rice University (2016), was awarded a Lannan Literary Fellowship in Fiction (2017), and is currently a fellow at the Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Studies. He is an associate professor of English at the University of Notre Dame, where he teaches creative writing and environmental humanities, and is the Director of the Environmental Humanities Initiative.


Thursday, February 10th, 2022, 4:30-6:00PM, at the Kennedy Auditorium, Conaton Learning Commons Room 412


co-sponsored by the Edward B. Brueggeman Center for Dialogue (




Past E/RS events