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Speakers and Topics

Although many of our lecturers have been philosophers, we recognize the importance of perspectives from other disciplines. Past topics have included Islamic fundamentalism, religion in politics, and the Holocaust.

2016: Michio Kaku

  • Henry Semat Chair in Theoretical Physics, The City College of New York

The Next 20 Years, how science will revolutionize medicine, the economy, and our way of life

2015: Peter Railton

  • Gregory S. Kavka Distinguished University Professor and John Stephenson Perrin Professor of Philosophy at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Homo Prospectus: Toward a New Synthesis in Thinking About the Mind and Brain

2014: Daniel Herwitz Ph.D

  • Frederick G. O. Huetwell Professor at the University of Michigan
  • Co-founded and past Director of the Centre for Knowledge and Innovation at the University of Natal, South Africa

Truth, Reconciliation and Transitional Justice

2013: Jenefer Robinson, Ph.D.

  • Professor of Philosophy at the University of Cincinnati
  • Past president of the American Society for Aesthetics
  • Leverhulme Visiting Professor at the University of Nottingham (2007-08)

 Aesthetic Disgust?

2012: Arthur L. Caplan, Ph.D.

  • Drs. William F. and Virginia Connolly Mitty Professor of Bioethics
  • Director Division of Medical Ethics in the Department of Population Health
  • New York University Langone Medical Center

Bioethics:  Just Because We Can, Should We?

2011: George Graham, Ph.D.

  • Professor of Philosophy and Neuroscience
  • Georgia State University

God Behind the Scenes:  Religious Belief and the Imagination

2010: David Rosenthal, Ph.D.

  • Professor of Philosophy
  • Professor of Linguistics
  • Coordinator of Cognitive Science
  • City University of New York (CUNY)

The Poverty of Consciousness

2009: Janine M. Idziak, Ph.D.

  • Professor of Philosophy & Religious Studies
  • Director, Bioethics Resource Center
  • Director, Ethics and Values across the Curriculum
  • Loras College

Controversy and Genetics

2008: Del Ratzsch & Michael Ruse

Dr. Ratzsch, Ph.D.

  • Professor of Philosophy
  • Calvin College

Dr. Ruse, Ph.D.

  • Lucyle T. Werkmeister Professor of Philosophy
  • Director, Program in the History and Philosophy and Science
  • Florida State University

Is There a Place for Intelligent Design in Science:  A Debate

2007: M. David Eckel

  • Associate Professor of Religion
  • Director, Institute for Philosophy and Religion
  • Boston University

What is Buddhist Philosophy?

2006: Barbara Bradley Hagerty

  • Religion Correspondent
  • National Public Radio

Religion, Politics, and the Culture Wars: Notes from a Journalist's Notebook

2005: Eleonore Stump, Ph.D.

  • Robert J. Henle Professor of Philosophy
  • Saint Louis University

Horrendous Evil: Narrative and the Problem of Suffering

2004: Mary Stewart Van Leeuwen, Ph.D.

  • Professor of Psychology & Philosophy
  • Resident Scholar, Center for Christian Women in Leadership
  • Eastern University

An agenda for Gender Reconciliation

2003: F.E. Peters, Ph.D.

  • Professor of History, Middle East Studies and Religion
  • New York University

Holy War: The Blood-Sport of Monotheism

2002: Charles Taliaferro, Ph.D.

  • Professor of Philosophy
  • St. Olaf College

Soul and Body

2001: Arindam Chakrabarti, D.Phil.

  • Professor of Philosophy
  • University of Hawaii

Aesthetics of the Ugly and the Hideous

2000: Samuel A. Meier, Ph.D.

  • Associate Professor of Hebrew
  • Ohio State University

Monotheism at the Millennium: Recent Developments in the History of God

Fall 1999: Kelly James Clark, Ph.D.

  • Associate Professor of Philosophy
  • Calvin College

Pluralism, Dogmatism, and Tolerance

Spring 1999: Robert C. Koons, Ph.D.

  • Associate Professor of Philosophy
  • University of Texas, Austin

Post-Agnostic Science: How Physicists are Reviving the Argument from Design

1998: Robert K. Fullinwider, Ph.D.

  • Fellow, Institute for Philosophy & Public Policy
  • University of Maryland

Religion and Politics: Don't Mix? Don't Separate?

1997: David Weinberg, Ph.D.

  • Cohn-Haddow Center for Judaic Studies
  • Wayne State University

The Emergence of Modern Anti-Semitism

Spring 1996: John P. Langan, S.J., Ph.D.

  • Kennedy Institute of Ethics
  • Georgetown University

Just Wars and Interventions

1995: Karen M. Brown, Ph.D.

  • Professor of the Sociology and Anthropology of Religion
  • The Graduate and Theological Schools
  • Drew University

Haitian Religion in Art and Practice

1994: Peter J. Awn, Ph.D.

  • Professor of Islamic Studies
  • Department of Religion
  • Columbia University

Islamic Fundamentalism: Its Past and Future Role