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.


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November 9, 2020 (time TBA):

Conversations Across the American Divide: Finding Common Ground in an Age of Discord

Heather McGhee, senior fellow and past president, Demos

in conversation with:

Prof. Jacki Lyon (English)

Shannon Hughes (Dorothy Day Center for Faith and Justice)

Prof. Myron Jackson (Philosophy and E/RS Besl Chair)

Fr. Nathan Wendt, SJ (Eigel Center)

Carson Rayhill (Finance and German major)

Gabriela Salazar (Business Analytics major)


Heather McGhee



EVENT POSTPONED (a new date will be announced on this site when it is available):

Conversations Across the American Divide: 

Building a Better Demos: Reversing the Corruption of the Mass and Elite in America


Patrick J. Deneen, Professor of Political Science, Notre Dame University

in conversation with Xavier faculty and students


Patrick J Deneen


Past E/RS events