Ethics/Religion and Society Program

Current E/RS Events


All E/RS sponsored events are free and open to the public.

painting of sunset over Ohio River and dove

Painting by Olivia Kathryn Hinds

Conversations Across the American Divide

A series of fault lines run across the United States, including divisions between liberals and conservatives, secular and religious world views, and urban and rural ways of life, as well as conflicts over race, nationalism, and immigration. This country has never been free of contention and disagreement, and it never should be, but the growing antagonism has made it increasingly difficult to engage in civil and reasonable discussions. It is especially important now for people to reach past their "bubbles" and "echo chambers" in order to converse with those who see things differently. Our 2018-2021 speaker series will feature thoughtful and creative individuals from the worlds of politics, the arts, media, and academia who can articulate diverse aspects of these divisions and engage in public dialogue with members of the Xavier community. Visiting speakers will present brief talks, followed by discussions on stage with Xavier faculty and students and questions from the audience.

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.




Conversations Across the American Divide: Yuval Levin 

in conversation with Dr. Steven Frankel (Philosophy), Dr. Anas Malik (Political Science), Georgia Davis (Political Science major), and Mickey Townsend (SGA President, PPP major)

Restoring Trust in Our Institutions

Our country is living through a social crisis, to which many Americans have responded with populist anger at our institutions, and metaphors of destruction to describe the path forward: cleaning house, draining swamps. But now is not a time to tear down. It is a time to build and rebuild by committing ourselves to the institutions around us. From the personal and local to the national and political, these institutions provide the forms and structures we need to be free. By taking concrete steps to help them be more trustworthy, we can renew the ties that bind Americans to one another.

Yuval Levin is director of Social, Cultural, and Constitutional Studies at the American Enterprise Institute; editor of National Affairs; and author of A Time to Build: From Family and Community to Congress and the Campus, How Recommitting to Our Institutions Can Revive the American Dream.

Monday, April 5, 2021, 4:30-5:45 pm

co-sponsored by the Stephen S. Smith Center

This is a Zoom event. For an invitation, please email the word "Register" to



Past E/RS events