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The Hall of Philosophy at Chautauqua Institution was designed by Buffalo architects, Green & Wicks in 1906. During the Chautauqua season, it is used for small lectures, often with question-and-answer sessions. The brick walk leads to Bestor Plaza in one direction and the Ravine in the other.
2019 Themes and Programming
Review the themes and programming for the 2019 Summer Assembly Season at Chautauqua here www.chq.org/2019 or click on the "INFO" button below. It won't be Chautauqua without you.

Vespers 5pm Mondays at the Hall of Philosophy
Cast in a vesper format at the close of the day and bookended by the beloved hymns "Day Is Dying in the West" and "Now the Day Is Over", these services combine the musical gifts of one of the world's largest singing congregations with the 125-voice Chautauqua Choir, all led by the 5,640 pipes of the Massey Memorial Organ. Many styles of music from the past five hundred years are presented, and a special feature is the inclusion of scriptural and devotional readings and prayers carefully selected to reflect each week's theme. Since 1907, every Sacred Song Service has closed with the playing of "Largo" from George Frederick Handel's opera Xerxes, a beloved custom which has been a vital part of the Chautauqua Experience for many, many people over the years. All services begin at 8 p.m. and last approximately one hour.
Chautauqua Dialogues
Join us Fridays at 3:30 on a porch at one of the religious houses to discuss the Department of Religion talks that occurred at The Hall of Philosophy. Sign-ups take place after the 2 pm lecture at the Hall of Philosophy Tuesday thru Thursday, or until the event is filled.
Vesper Service: Rabbi Sharon Brous    Hall of Philosophy
Rabbi Sharon Brous is a leading voice in reanimating religious life in America, working to develop a spiritual roadmap for soulful, multi-faith justice work in Los Angeles and around the country. She is the senior and founding rabbi of IKAR, which was started in 2004 and has become a model for Jewish revitalization in the US and beyond. With the goal of reinvigorating Jewish practice and inspiring people of faith to reclaim a moral and prophetic voice, IKAR quickly became one of the fastest growing and most influential Jewish congregations in the country. Today it is credited with sparking a rethinking of religious life in a time of unprecedented disaffection and declining affiliation. Brous’s 2016 TED talk, “Reclaiming Religion,” has been viewed by more than 1.3 million people and translated into 20 languages. In 2013, she blessed President Obama and Vice President Biden at the Inaugural National Prayer Service, and Mayor Eric Garcetti at his inauguration in LA in 2017. She spoke at the Women’s March in Washington, DC in 2017, and at the national launch of the Poor People’s Campaign and the opening of the National Memorial for Peace and Justice in 2018. Brous was named #1 on the Newsweek/The Daily Beast list of the most influential Rabbis in America, and has been recognized by The Forwardand the Jerusalem Post as one of the fifty most influential Jews. She was featured on the cover of TIME magazine in 2018 based on Norman Rockwell’s Four Freedoms. Brous is in the inaugural cohort of Auburn Seminary's Senior Fellows program, which unites top faith leaders working on the frontlines for justice. Brous also sits on Mayor’s Interfaith Collective and on the faculty of the Shalom Hartman Institute-North America and REBOOT, and serves on the International Council of the New Israel Fund and the national steering committee for the Poor People’s Campaign. Rabbi Brous is a graduate of Columbia University, was ordained by the Jewish Theological Seminary, and lives in Los Angeles with her husband and three children.
Interfaith Lecture Series: Laurie L. Patton    Hall of Philosophy
Laurie L. Patton is the 17th president of Middlebury and the first woman to lead the institution in its 218-year history. She is a leading authority in South Asian history and culture, and the author or editor of eleven books in these fields. She has also translated the ancient Hindu text, The Bhagavad Gita, for Penguin Classics Series, and is the author of three books of poetry—the last book, House Crossing, just published in 2018. Dr. Patton began her career at Bard College, where she was assistant professor of Asian religions from 1991 to 1996. From 1996 to 2011 she served on the faculty and administration at Emory University, where she was the Charles Howard Candler Professor of Religions and the inaugural director of Emory’s Center for Faculty Development and Excellence in the Office of the Provost. While at Emory she served as chair of the religion department from 2000 to 2007. Professor Patton then served as the Durden Professor of Religion and Duke University Dean of Arts & Sciences until 2015. At Duke she oversaw 36 academic departments and programs in arts and sciences for the school, which awards 80 percent of Duke’s bachelor degrees. Patton also oversaw Trinity’s $435 million commitment to the “Duke Forward” campaign. Laurie Patton believes in building a stronger and more resilient public sphere and in fostering increased opportunities for informed discussion and debate about today’s most challenging issues. Early in her leadership, she launched the first institution-wide discussion on Middlebury’s intellectual direction, Envisioning Middlebury, to help inform Middlebury’s new strategic direction, which was approved in late 2017. Also in her first years as Middlebury’s president, Patton’s team has initiated in numerous programs to strengthen the relationship between campuses in Middlebury, VT., and Monterey, California; raised over 40M in financial aid scholarships; inaugurated several new programs focusing on inclusivity on campus; and created a new environmental goal after Middlebury achieved carbon neutrality in 2016. From 2008 to 2011, she served as president of the American Society for the Study of Religion, and in 2018-19, she will be the president of the American Academy of Religion, an 8000 member scholarly society for the study of religion. In April, 2018, she was elected to be a member of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, as a leader in two fields—religion/philosophy and education.
Interfaith Lecture Series: Amy Laura Hall    Hall of Philosophy
Amy Laura Hall is the Duke University Divinity School Associate Professor of Christian Ethics. She received her BA from Emory University and her MDiv and PhD degrees from Yale University. Professor Hall was named a Luce Fellow in Theology for 2004-2005, and has received funding from the Lilly Foundation, the Josiah Trent Memorial Foundation, the American Theological Library Association, the Child in Religion and Ethics Project, the Pew Foundation, and the Project on Lived Theology. She has served on the steering committee of the Genome Ethics, Law, and Policy Center and as a faculty member for the FOCUS program of the Institute on Genome Sciences and Policy. Having served as a faculty adviser with the Duke Center for Civic Engagement and as a faculty advisor for the NCCU-Duke Program in African, as well as in the African American & Diaspora Studies, she currently teaches with and serves on the faculty advisory board for Graduate Liberal Studies, and also as a core faculty member of the Focus Program in Global Health. Dr. Hall serves as an elder in the Rio Texas Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. Her community service includes Labor Sabbath, an effort with the AFL-CIO of North Carolina to encourage congregations of faith to talk about labor unions, and, from August 2013 to December 2017, she wrote a monthly column for The Herald-Sun in Durham, N.C. Professor Hall organized a conference against torture in 2011 titled “Toward a Moral Consensus against Torture,” and a “Conference against the Use of Drones in Warfare” October 20-21, 2017. In collaboration with the North Carolina Council of Churches, she organized a workshop with legal scholar Richard Rothstein held in October 2018. Dr. Hall is the author of four books: Kierkegaard and the Treachery of Love; Conceiving Parenthood: The Protestant Spirit of Biotechnological Reproduction; Writing Home with Love: Politics for Neighbors and Naysayers; and Laughing at the Devil: Seeing the World with Julian of Norwich. Her articles include “The Single Individual in Ordinary Time: Theological Engagements in Sociobiology,” which was a keynote lecture given with Kara Slade at the Society for the Study of Christian Ethics in 2012, and “Torture and American Television,” published in the April 2013 issue of Muslim World, a volume that Hall guest-edited with Daniel Arnold. “His Eye Is on the Sparrow: Collectivism and Human Significance” appeared in a 2016 volume titled Why People Matter with Baker Publishing. Her new essay on Kierkegaard and love will appear in The T&T Clark Companion to the Theology of Kierkegaard, to be published by Bloomsbury T&T Clark. Her book, Laughing at the Devil, was chosen for the 2019 Virginia Festival of the Book. Professor Hall continues work on a longer research project on masculinity and gender anxiety in mainstream, white evangelicalism.
Interfaith Lecture Series:Amy Brown Hughes    Hall of Philosophy
.Week One: Amy Brown Hughes (Evangelical Christianity) Amy Brown Hughes is an assistant professor of theology at Gordon College. She received her Ph.D. in historical theology with an emphasis in early Christianity from Wheaton College and is the author (with Lynn H. Cohick, Denver Seminary) of Christian Women in the Patristic World: Their Influence, Authority, and Legacy in the Second through Fifth Centuries (Baker Academic, 2017). Amy also received a M.A. in history of Christianity from Wheaton College and her B.A. in theology and historical studies from Oral Roberts University. While at Wheaton, Professor Hughes worked with the Wheaton Center for Early Christian Studies, which encourages dialogue about the interplay between our modern world and early Christian texts. The overarching theme of Amy’s work as a historical theologian is that early Christian writers continue to be fruitful interlocutors in modern discussions of theology. Her research interests include Eastern Christianity, trinitarian and christological thought, Christian asceticism, theological anthropology, the intersection of philosophy and theology, and highlighting the contributions of minority voices to theology, especially those of women. Her dissertation, “‘Chastely I Live for Thee’: Virginity as Bondage and Freedom in Origen of Alexandria, Methodius of Olympus, and Gregory of Nyssa,” explores how early Christian virgins contributed substantively to the development of Christology. She regularly presents papers at the annual meeting of the North American Patristics Society. Recently, Dr. Hughes contributed a chapter to Trinity without Hierarchy: Reclaiming Nicene Orthodoxy in Evangelical Theology (Kregel, 2019), co-authored a series of essays about early Christian writers with George Kalantzis (Wheaton College) for the early Christianity section of the volume Reading Christian Theology in the Protestant Tradition (T&T Clark, 2018), and contributed to an edited volume from a symposium on Methodius of Olympus at Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Germany, Methodius of Olympus: State of the Art and New Perspectives (De Gruyter, 2017). She is also a co-host for the theology stream of the biblical studies and theology podcast OnScript.
Interfaith Lecture Series: James Fallows    Hall of Philosophy
A national correspondent for The Atlantic, James Fallows is co-creator, with his wife Deborah, of the publication’s American Futures project. For the last six years, James and Deborah Fallows have been traveling across America in a single-engine prop airplane and reporting on the people, organizations, and ideas re-shaping the country. As part of their City Makers: American Futures project in partnership with The Atlantic and Marketplace, the Fallowses visited smaller and medium-sized cities, meeting civic leaders, factory workers, recent immigrants, and young entrepreneurs to take the pulse and understand the prospects of places that usually draw notice only after a disaster or during a political campaign. The Fallowses’ book, Our Towns, is the story of their journey — and an account of a country busy remaking itself, despite the challenges and paralysis of national politics. London-based national correspondent James Fallows has written for The Atlantic since the late 1970s, living and reporting in Seattle, Berkeley, Austin, Tokyo, Kuala Lumpur, Shanghai, and Beijing. In addition to working for The Atlantic, he spent two years as chief White House speechwriter for Jimmy Carter and two years as the editor of US News & World Report. James Fallows has been a finalist for the National Magazine Award five times and has won once; he has also won the American Book Award for nonfiction and a N.Y. Emmy award for the documentary series “Doing Business in China.” He was the founding chairman of the New America Foundation. He is the author of numerous books, including Breaking the News: How the Media Undermines American Democracy and China Airborne; as well as Blind Into Baghdad and Postcards From Tomorrow Square, which are based on his writings for The Atlantic.
Interfaith Lecture Series: Judy Shepard and James Fallows    Hall of Philosophy
Judy Shepard In October 1998, Judy and Dennis Shepard lost their 21 year-old son, Matthew, to a murder motivated by anti-gay hate. Matthew’s death moved many thousands of people around the world to attend vigils and rallies in his memory. Determined to prevent others from suffering their son’s fate, Judy and Dennis decided to turn their grief into action and established the Matthew Shepard Foundation to carry on Matthew’s legacy. The Foundation is dedicated to working toward the causes championed by Matthew during his life: social justice, diversity awareness & education, and equality for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people. Judy Shepard is the founding president of the Matthew Shepard Foundation Board of Directors, and served as its first executive director as well, from 1999 to 2009. In her continuing role as board president, she travels across the nation speaking to audiences about what they can do as individuals and communities to make this world a more accepting place for everyone, regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, sex, gender identity and expression, or sexual orientation. Speaking from a mother’s perspective, Judy also authored a 2009 memoir, “The Meaning of Matthew,” exploring the family’s journey through the prosecution of Matthew’s assailants, the ensuing media coverage, and their continuing work to advance civil rights. Originally trained as a teacher, Mrs. Shepard holds a Bachelor of the Arts degree in Secondary Education from the University of Wyoming where she later pursued some post-graduate studies. James Fallows A national correspondent for The Atlantic, James Fallows is co-creator, with his wife Deborah, of the publication’s American Futures project. For the last six years, James and Deborah Fallows have been traveling across America in a single-engine prop airplane and reporting on the people, organizations, and ideas re-shaping the country. As part of their City Makers: American Futures project in partnership with The Atlantic and Marketplace, the Fallowses visited smaller and medium-sized cities, meeting civic leaders, factory workers, recent immigrants, and young entrepreneurs to take the pulse and understand the prospects of places that usually draw notice only after a disaster or during a political campaign. The Fallowses’ book, Our Towns, is the story of their journey — and an account of a country busy remaking itself, despite the challenges and paralysis of national politics. London-based national correspondent James Fallows has written for The Atlantic since the late 1970s, living and reporting in Seattle, Berkeley, Austin, Tokyo, Kuala Lumpur, Shanghai, and Beijing. In addition to working for The Atlantic, he spent two years as chief White House speechwriter for Jimmy Carter and two years as the editor of US News & World Report. James Fallows has been a finalist for the National Magazine Award five times and has won once; he has also won the American Book Award for nonfiction and a N.Y. Emmy award for the documentary series “Doing Business in China.” He was the founding chairman of the New America Foundation. He is the author of numerous books, including Breaking the News: How the Media Undermines American Democracy and China Airborne; as well as Blind Into Baghdad and Postcards From Tomorrow Square, which are based on his writings for The Atlantic.
Event on Stonewall 50/WorldPride 2019. Gene Robinson, Judy..    Hall of Philosophy
The Rt. Rev. V. Gene Robinson, Chautauqua Institution Vice President of Religion and Senior Pastor, and the Episcopal Church’s first openly gay bishop, will lead and participate in an intergenerational panel discussion on the LGBTQ rights movement before, during and after Stonewall. Panelists in addition to Bishop Robinson include Judy Shepard and Sultan Shakir. Official Event of Stonewall 50/WorldPride 2019 Judy Shepard Founding president of the Matthew Shepard Foundation Board of Directors View Matthew Shepard Foundation Website In her continuing role as board president, Ms. Shepard travels across the nation speaking to audiences about what they can do as individuals and communities to make this world a more accepting place for everyone, regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, sex, gender identity and expression, or sexual orientation. Speaking from a mother’s perspective, Judy also authored a 2009 memoir, “The Meaning of Matthew,” exploring the family’s journey through the prosecution of Matthew’s assailants, the ensuing media coverage, and their continuing work to advance civil rights. Originally trained as a teacher, Mrs. Shepard holds a Bachelor of the Arts degree in Secondary Education from the University of Wyoming where she later pursued some post-graduate studies. Sultan Shakir Executive Director of SMYAL (Sexual Minorities Youth Assistance League) View SMYAL Website SMYAL supports and empowers lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth in the Washington, DC, metropolitan region. Through youth leadership, SMYAL creates opportunities for LGBTQ youth to build self-confidence, develop critical life skills, and engage their peers and community through service and advocacy. Committed to social change, SMYAL builds, sustains, and advocates for programs, policies, and services that LGBTQ youth need as they grow into adulthood. Joining Mr. Shakir on the panel will be a member of SMYAL’s youth community. About The Rt. Rev. V. Gene Robinson The Rt. Rev. V. Gene Robinson was named Vice President of Religion and Senior Pastor at Chautauqua Institution September 1, 2017. He was elected Episcopal Bishop of New Hampshire on June 7, 2003, becoming the first openly gay and partnered priest to be elected Bishop in historic Cristendom. He served as IX Bishop of New Hampshire until his retirement in early 2013. A Senior Fellow at both the Center for American Progress and Auburn Seminary, Bishop Robinson is a celebrated interfaith leader whose ministry has focused on helping congregations and clergy, especially in times of conflict, utilizing his skills in congregational dynamics, conflict resolution and mediation. He is the author of In the Eye of the Storm: Swept to the Center by God (Morehouse, 2006) and God Believes in Love: Straight Talk about Gay Marriage (Knopf, 2012). In addition to being a popular speaker in the U.S. and abroad, he writes opinion columns on a variety of topics for The Daily Beast, Huffington Post and Time.com.
Interfaith Lecture Series: Chuck Yarboroughwith James Fall..    Hall of Philosophy
For the past two decades, Chuck Yarborough has directed history-based research and performance projects at the Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science in Columbus, Mississippi. His projects – Tales from the Crypt and The Eighth of May Emancipation Celebration – challenge students to be historians, sleuths, social scientists, and storytellers, while simultaneously developing an ethic of community service and collaboration. Additionally, the projects challenge the broader community to reflect on lessons of the past with an eye toward constructing a collaborative future. Under Yarborough’s leadership, Tales and MSMS students have earned statewide and national acclaim, and each spring the program draws hundreds of visitors to Columbus’ Friendship Cemetery as Yarborough’s students explore intersections of class, race, gender, and religion while recounting the lives and legends of some of those buried there. A year’s worth of research, writing, contextual interpretation, storytelling, and performance brings the past to life for the student performers, their classmates, the local community, and other guests. Additionally, the student-driven project has contributed more than $56,000 to local and regional charitable causes throughout the past decade, and Tales has inspired similar projects across the country. Roughly a month after Tales from the Crypt wraps, Yarborough’s students present his “newest” local history research/performance project, the Eighth of May Emancipation Celebration. Since 2006 Yarborough’s students participating in this project have gathered in Sandfield Cemetery, an African American burial ground, to commemorate the day Federal troops reached Columbus, effectively freeing enslaved African Americans who made up the majority of the local population. Yarborough’s students also explore the conditions African Americans faced in the ensuing years, and cast an exposing light on the often-painful truth of our past while illuminating the contributions and courage of many. The Eighth of May program has increased appreciation for a more complete local history, and the project has resulted in the dedication of a state historic marker highlighting both the local and larger significance of Sandfield Cemetery and the lives of those buried there. A graduate of Vanderbilt University and the University of Mississippi’s Center for the Study of Southern Culture, Yarborough serves or has served on multiple advisory or leadership boards in Mississippi. Yarborough also regularly contributes to programs and workshops supporting primary document use in classroom research: focusing on African-American History, the South, and Civil Rights in Mississippi; and illustrating the impact of student-centered research/performance projects such as Tales and the Eighth of May. Having won multiple awards for his work, Yarborough and his students have been featured in The Atlantic’s “On Teaching” series and on National Public Radio’s “50 Great Teachers.” In April 2019, he was named the Organization of American Historians Tachau Teacher of the Year. Chuck will be accompanied in his presentation by two of his students, Dairian Bowles and Erin William.
Interfaith Lecture Series: Emily and Stuart Siegel with Ja..    Hall of Philosophy
Emily and Stuart Siegel live in the former copper mining town of Ajo, Arizona, where they are the directors of the Sonoran Desert Inn & Conference Center - the world's best (only?) not-for-profit inn, event venue, and community gathering space in a historic borderlands elementary school. Emily worked in education for 15 years, initially as an after-school teacher and program director, and later as the Massachusetts Director for the National Center on Time & Learning. She holds a BA in Arts & Ideas from the University of Michigan, an M.Ed. from Lesley University, and a certificate in Non-Profit Leadership from Boston University. Stuart has a film degree from Boston University and a Master of Hebrew Letters from the Hebrew Union College in New York. He worked for 17 years as an educator in Jewish and secular environments, in Brooklyn, Oakland, Cincinnati, Atlanta, South Florida, Indiana, PA, and Jerusalem. Emily and Stuart discovered Ajo during a year-long road trip in 2014. They were engaged in Abiquiu, NM, and married in Ajo. Their mission focuses on the intersections of tourism, economic development, and the arts – developing community revival involving the Latino population there, plus the neighboring Tohono O'odham tribe. When they aren’t working, they love exploring the desert and learning about their adopted region with their son Jonah and Beau the corgi.
Interfaith Lecture Series: Mustafa Akyol    Hall of Philosophy
.Week Two: Mustafa Akyol (Islam) Mustafa Akyol is a senior fellow at the Cato Institute’s Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity, where he focuses on the intersection of public policy, Islam, and modernity. A Turkish journalist and author, he is a regular contributing opinion writer for the New York Times since 2013, and has been a regular opinion columnist for Turkish publications such as Hurriyet Daily News, and for the Middle-East focused Al-Monitor.com. Akyol is the author of Islam without Extremes: A Muslim Case for Liberty, praised by The Financial Times as “a forthright and elegant Muslim defense of freedom.” The book was longlisted for the 2012 Lioner Gelber Prize, and has been published in Turkish, Malay and Indonesian. (It was subsequently banned in Malaysia in 2017 after Akyol’s short arrest by the country’s “religious police” merely because Akyol delivered a public lecture defending religious freedom.) He is also the author of The Islamic Jesus: How the King of the Jews Became a Prophet of the Muslims and of six books in Turkish, including Rethinking the Kurdish Question. Over the past two decades, Akyol’s articles have also appeared in a wide range of other publications such as The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, Newsweek, First Things, The Weekly Standard, The Financial Times, The London Times, The Guardian, The Washington Times, and The Forward. He has appeared frequently on CNN, BBC, NPR, and Al-Jazeera English, and on prominent TV shows such Fareed Zakaria GPS and HARDtalk. His TED talk on “Faith versus Tradition in Islam” has been watched by more than a million viewers.
Interfaith Lecture Series: Dr. Carol Meyers    Hall of Philosophy
Dr. Carol Meyers is the Mary Grace Wilson Professor Emerita of Religion at Duke University. Teaching at Duke since 1977, she writes, teaches, lectures, and publishes widely in the areas of biblical studies, archaeology, and the study of women and gender in the biblical world. A prolific scholar, she is the author of more than 450 articles, reports, reference-book entries, and reviews; and she has authored, co-authored, or edited twenty-two books. Her 2013 book, Rediscovering Eve: Ancient Israelite Women in Context, is a landmark study of women in ancient Israelite society. Other recent books include a commentary on the book of Exodus and several excavation reports (with Eric Meyers). Among her co-edited volumes are Archaeology, Bible, Politics, and the Media (2012) and The Bible in the Public Square (2014). As a field archaeologist, Meyers has been a staff member or co-director of numerous archaeological projects in Israel. She has been a frequent consultant for media productions relating to archaeology and the Bible, including A&E’s Mysteries of the Bible series, DreamWorks’s “Prince of Egypt,” and Nova’s “The Bible’s Buried Secrets.” She has also served on the editorial boards of many reference works and journals and was a senior editor of the Oxford Encyclopedia of Archaeology in the Near East. She is currently a trustee of the American Schools of Oriental Research and Vice-President of the Albright Institute of Archaeological Research in Jerusalem. She is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Dead Sea Scrolls Foundation, and recently served as President of the Society of Biblical Literature. Described as "one of today's leading historians and field archeologists," Dr. Meyers’ 1988 book, Discovering Eve: Ancient Israelite Women in Context, was the "first comprehensive effort to present a female-centered view of the Bible using historical rather than literary criticism." Dr. Meyers holds a B.A. with honors from Wellesley College in Wellesley, Massachusetts, and her M.A. and Ph.D. from Brandeis University.
Interfaith Lecture Series: Eric Meyers    Hall of Philosophy
Dr. Eric M. Meyers is an archaeologist who has directed digs in Israel and Italy for forty years, and is perhaps best known for his 1981 discovery of the oldest Ark from ancient Israel, which coincided with the film, The Raiders of the Lost Ark. He currently is completing publication work on the site of Sepphoris, near Nazareth, capital of the Galilee in the time of Jesus and the place where the Mishnah was compiled under the leadership of Rabbi Judah the Prince. National Geographic Television featured the Sepphoris mosaic discovery in November 1989, with Dr. Meyers as narrator. A full-length documentary of the dig, The Mona Lisa of Galilee, has been produced by Biblical Productions, Ltd. of Israel and has appeared on TV worldwide. Dr. Meyers also served as a principal consultant for WNET's award-winning series, Civilization and the Jews, and was part of the original planning group that conceptualized the show. He also served as academic advisor and on-screen host for a 1993 film on the Dead Sea Scrolls, The Enigma of the Dead Sea Scrolls. Dr. Meyers and his wife, Dr. Carol Meyers, have appeared frequently on the A&E Channel in the series Mysteries of the Bible. Dr. Meyers served as on-screen consultant and advisor to the PBS Frontline show From Jesus to Christ. He appeared on the BBC/Discovery Channel series on the historical Jesus, Son of Man, and also appeared on a History Channel special on Masada, and with the History Channel on a special on the James Ossuary controversy in the spring of 2003. He recently filmed with the BBC/Discovery Channel in Jerusalem for the TV film, “‘Jesus’ Family Tree,” and on a History Channel special on “Canon” in Scripture. He also served as an advisor and on-screen expert for the NOVA special, “The Bible’s Buried Secrets.” Dr. Meyers has also appeared with National Geographic in several shows on topics relating to Second Temple Judaism and the archaeology of the Land of Israel. Eric M. Meyers is a graduate of Dartmouth College, holds an M.A. in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies from Brandeis University, and received the Ph.D. with distinction from Harvard University in Near Eastern Languages and Literatures, specializing in Bible, Jewish History, and archaeology. He served as Professor since 1979 on the faculty of Duke University, presently serving there as Bernice and Morton Lerner Emeritus Professor of Judaic Studies and Archaeology. He served as Director of the Graduate Program in Religion at Duke; was instrumental in the founding of the Cooperative Program in Judaic Studies at Duke and UNC-Chapel Hill, serving as Director until 1987, and as Director of The Center for Judaic Studies at Duke. Other significant positons he has held include Director of the W. F. Albright School of Archaeological Research in Jerusalem; First Vice President for Publications of the American Schools of Oriental Research; editor of the prestigious and award-winning magazine, Biblical Archaeologist; associate editor of the Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research; President of the American Schools; and Director of the Annenberg Research Institute in Philadelphia. Dr. Meyers has been a fellow at Wolfson College, Oxford University, and at Princeton University; a member of the Center of Theological Inquiry at Princeton Theological Seminary; a visiting Professor at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York, Williams College, Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universtät, Frankfurt am Main; in Judaic Studies at the Free University of Berlin; and at the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome with his wife Carol in spring of 2017. Recognized with numerous awards and honors, Dr. Meyers has authored or co-authored 15 books, edited 20 others, and has published approximately 370 scholarly papers, reports, and reviews in the field of Hebrew Bible and Biblical Archaeology and Jewish History. Some of his recent works have been co-authored with his wife Carol. He served as editor-in-chief of The Oxford Encyclopedia of Archaeology of the Near East (5 vols.), and as co-author of the Cambridge Companion to the Bible. Active in many learned societies, including the Association of Jewish Studies, the Society of Biblical Literature, the American Academy of Religion, and the Archaeological Institute of America, he is also active in the Jewish Heritage Foundation of North Carolina, serving as President, as well as a singer in and member of the Board of Directors of the Triangle Jewish Chorale.
CLSC Author Presentation: Elizabeth Rush,   Hall of Philosophy
With every passing day, and every record-breaking hurricane, it grows clearer that climate change is neither imagined nor distant?and that rising seas are transforming the coastline of the United States in irrevocable ways. In Rising, Elizabeth Rush guides readers through places where this change has been most dramatic, from the Gulf Coast to Miami, and from New York City to the Bay Area. For many of the plants, animals, and humans in these places, the options are stark: retreat or perish in place. Weaving firsthand testimonials from those facing this choice?a Staten Islander who lost her father during Sandy, the remaining holdouts of a Native American community on a drowning Isle de Jean Charles, a neighborhood in Pensacola settled by escaped slaves hundreds of years ago?with profiles of wildlife biologists, activists, and other members of these vulnerable communities, Rising privileges the voices of those too often kept at the margins. Elizabeth Rush is also the author of Still Lifes from a Vanishing City: Essays and Photographs from Yangon, Myanmar. Her work explores how humans adapt to changes enacted upon them by forces seemingly beyond their control, from ecological transformation to political revolution. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in The New York Times, The Guardian, Harpers, Guernica, Granta, Orion, Creative Nonfiction, The Washington Post, Le Monde Diplomatique and The New Republic, among others.
Interfaith Lecture Series:Rabbi Deborah Waxman    Hall of Philosophy
.Week Four: Rabbi Deborah Waxman (Reconstructionist Judaism) The First Woman Rabbi to head a Jewish congregational union and a Jewish seminary, Rabbi Deborah Waxman, Ph.D., became president of Reconstructing Judaism in 2014. Since then, she has drawn on her training as a rabbi and historian to be the Reconstructionist movement’s leading voice in the public sphere. Through visiting numerous congregations (more than 50 at last count), making public appearances in person and online, and in writing for the Forward, The Times of Israel, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Huffington Post and other news outlets, Rabbi Waxman is projecting a vision of Judaism that embraces all people and inspires Jews to be strong allies to the most vulnerable among us. Since Rabbi Waxman has assumed her leadership role, Reconstructing Judaism has undertaken a number of major initiatives, including revising the rabbinical college’s curriculum, building even stronger relationships with congregational leadership, innovating Judaism for the 21st century, bolstering Reconstructionist Judaism’s ties to Israel and opening a second summer camp. Rabbi Waxman has taught courses on Reconstructionist Judaism and practical rabbinics since 2002 at the college, where she is the Aaron and Marjorie Ziegelman Presidential Professor. Waxman is a cum laude graduate of Columbia College, Columbia University, and a recipient of a rabbinical ordination and a Master of Arts in Hebrew letters from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in 1999. She earned a Ph.D. in American Jewish history from Temple University in May 2010. In 2016, Rabbi Waxman was named to the annual “Forward 50” list of most influential Jews by the Forward, a pre-eminent American Jewish publication. In naming her to this list, the Forward remarked: “In the long communal conversation over how to relate to Jews who marry non-Jews, those in the ‘be welcoming’ camp won a major battle this year, thanks in large part to Rabbi Deborah Waxman.”
Interfaith Lecture Series: Rev. Elaine D. Thomas    Hall of Philosophy
Rev. Elaine D. Thomas, M.S. has worked in the metaphysical field for 49 years as a medium, healer, spiritual counselor, and teacher, primarily at the Lily Dale Assembly in Western New York, founded in 1879, the world's original and largest Center for the Religion of Spiritualism. Elaine was a student of Rev. Edith Sandy Wendling, renowned medium and teacher, who herself was a student of Sir Arthur and Lady Conan Doyle. Elaine received training that was rich in the traditions of Spiritualism’s foremost early thinkers. Ordained in 1974, as a Spiritualist minister, her commitment as a student of spiritual truth is an ongoing process. In 1988, Elaine co-founded and became co-director of the School of Spiritual Healing and Prophecy in Cassadaga, NY, located next to Lily Dale. In 1975, Elaine completed her undergraduate program in education at the University of Buffalo. Her seven years of teaching as a Reading Specialist in public schools gave Elaine experience in developing creative educational strategies, based upon the individual needs and abilities of her students. This led her to create an educational environment where students of all ages could again become aware of their spiritual gifts and how to use them every day for themselves and others. In 1981, Elaine completed her Master’s degree in counseling at Canisius College, in Buffalo, NY. She focused her studies on grief counseling, and her personal experience with the transformative gifts that mediumship and spiritual healing can bring to all. Elaine has been a guest on TV and radio, including the Oprah Network’s Beyond Belief and the HBO movie No One Dies in Lily Dale. www.revelainethomas.com
Interfaith Lecture Series: Adam Jortner    Hall of Philosophy
Adam Jortner, Goodwin-Philpott Professor of History at Auburn University, is a specialist in the early American republic, with particular emphasis on religion and politics. In 2019, he will complete a series of lectures for Audible, entitled God and the Founding Fathers. This series of twelve lectures on the religions of Ben Franklin, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and others addresses longstanding myths and realities about faith and the American founding. His first book, The Gods of Prophetstown (Oxford, 2012), chronicled the rise and fall of the Shawnee Prophet Tenskwatawa. Gods tells the history of a virtual Native American state within the boundaries of territorial Indiana—a state complete with a border, a capital, and a national religion. The story of this forgotten place and religion formed the backdrop and central story of the otherwise-incomprehensible War of 1812. Gods won the 2013 James Broussard Prize from the Society of Historians of the Early American Republic for the best first book on U.S. History. His second blood, Blood from the Sky: A Political History of American Miracles (Virginia, 2017), provided a history of the theology of miracles and their political use in America. Blood from the Sky was based on over ten years’ research and includes significant revisions of the standard histories of Shakers, Native American prophets, and Mormons. Choice Reviews declared that “by vividly illustrating the breadth and significance of the miraculous for Americans, Jortner makes a welcome and valuable contribution to the history of the country’s formative period.” Adam is a frequent contributor to NPR’s BackStory and a former member of the script team on PBS’s Where in Time is Carmen Sandiego?
Interfaith Lecture Series:Philip Gulley    Hall of Philosophy
.Week Five: Philip Gulley (Religious Society of Friends / Quaker) Philip Gulley is a Quaker pastor, writer, and speaker from Danville, Indiana. He has written 22 books, including the Harmony series recounting life in the eccentric Quaker community of Harmony, Indiana and the best-selling Porch Talk essay series. Gulley’s memoir, I Love You, Miss Huddleston: And Other Inappropriate Longings of My Indiana Childhood, was a finalist for the Thurber Prize for American Humor. In addition, Gulley, with co-author James Mulholland, shared their progressive spirituality in the books If Grace Is True and If God Is Love, followed by Gulley’s books If the Church Were Christian and The Evolution of Faith. In Living the Quaker Way: Timeless Wisdom for a Better Life Today, Gulley offers the opportunity to participate in a world in which the values of the Quaker way bring equity, peace, healing, and hope. Living the Quaker Way invites readers to encounter the defining commitments of the Religious Society of Friends–simplicity, peace, integrity, community, and equality, and shows how those ideals can be incorporated in personal and public life to bring renewal and eliminate the clutter that is keeping us from deeper spirituality. In his most recently published work of non-fiction, Unlearning God: How Unbelieving Helped Me Believe, Gulley describes the process of spiritual growth, especially the re-interpretation of the earliest principles we learned about God. Gulley teaches the reader to let go, or unlearn these burdensome obstacles in their faith, so that they can forge a more authentic relationship with God. Gulley’s latest fictional series continues the exploits of Sam Gardner, first introduced in the Harmony series. The new Hope series includes A Place Called Hope, A Lesson in Hope, and A Gathering in Hope, his most recent fictional release.
Interfaith Lecture Series: Pastor Don Mackenzie, Rabbi Ted..    Hall of Philosophy
Pastor Don Mackenzie, Rabbi Ted Falcon, and Imam Jamal Rahman—now known as the Interfaith Amigos—were brought together by the tragedies of 9/11. They had no plan to make their arrangement a formal one; they simply came together to support one another through those difficult times. Their meetings became weekly, their friendship deepened. They began doing presentations together and wrote a book, then a second, and a third. Over the past seventeen years, they have brought their unique blend of spiritual wisdom and humor to audiences in the U.S., Canada, Israel-Palestine and Japan. Their first book, Getting to the Heart of Interfaith (Skylight Paths, 2009), brought them international attention, including coverage by the New York Times, CBS News, the BBC, and various NPR programs. Karen Armstrong calls their “exuberant and courageous” second book, Religion Gone Astray: What We Found at the Heart of Interfaith (Skylight Paths, 2011), “an inspiration for all of us in these sadly polarized times.” Their third book, Finding Peace Through Spiritual Practice (Skylight Paths, 2016), looks at the specific issues we face in a pluralistic society and the spiritual practices that can help us transcend the roadblocks to effective collaboration on the critical issues of our time. Pastor Don Mackenzie, PhD, is devoting himself to interfaith work after retiring as Minister and Head of Staff of University Congregational United Church of Christ in Seattle. Previously he served congregations in Hanover, New Hampshire, and Princeton, New Jersey. A graduate of Macalester College, Princeton Theological Seminary, and New York University, his interest in interfaith work began while a student at Macalester and continued while teaching in Lebanon in the year prior to the Six-Day War in 1967. His country music band, Life's Other Side, has sung at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville. Rabbi Ted Falcon, PhD, is a Reform rabbi with a doctorate in clinical psychology, who explores the frontiers of a universal spirituality in his work as spiritual therapist, teacher, and writer. He has taught Jewish traditions of Kabbalah, meditation and spirituality since the 1970s. Ordained at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati, he founded meditative synagogues in Los Angeles in 1978 and in Seattle in 1993. He is the author of A Journey of Awakening: Kabbalistic Meditations on the Tree of Life and co-author, with David Blatner, of Judaism For Dummies. Imam Jamal Rahman is co-founder and Muslim Sufi Minister at Interfaith Community Sanctuary and adjunct faculty at Seattle University. Originally from Bangladesh, he is a graduate of the University of Oregon and the University of California, Berkeley. He has a passion for interfaith work and travels often, teaching classes, workshops and retreats locally, nationally and internationally. His books include Spiritual Gems of Islam and The Fragrance of Faith: The Enlightened Heart of Islam. The Interfaith Amigos openly address the usual taboos of interfaith dialogue — the “awkward” parts of each tradition — in order to create a more authentic conversation.
Interfaith Lecture Series: Rabbi Bob Alper    Hall of Philosophy
There’s a reason why Sirius/XM satellite radio plays Rabbi Bob Alper’s bits several times daily, often sandwiched between Bob Newhart and Jerry Seinfeld: Bob’s unique background – he’s an ordained rabbi who served congregations for fourteen years and holds a doctorate from Princeton Theological Seminary – prepared him well for a twenty-seven year comedy career with wonderfully unique material presented in a way that’s intelligent, sophisticated, and 100% clean. Audiences adore him, from an SRO crowd at the prestigious Montreal Comedy Festival to a standing ovation before over 3,000 people at New York’s famed Chautauqua Institution. He’s even appeared at Hollywood’s IMPROV and THE COMEDY STORE. Bob performs all across North America and England, at corporate events, theatres, non-profits, conventions, private parties, churches, and, naturally, synagogues. And he’s done over 200 shows with his Arab and Muslim comedy partners, at a variety of venues, but primarily colleges and universities. The New York Times reported the comics “...had the audience convulsing.” Bob’s 90-minute stand-up act is fast-paced, with impeccable timing and material that’s definitely sharp yet gentle and unhurtful. In addition, he offers an informative, hilarious event called “The Spirituality of Laughter,” which is particularly appropriate for religious organizations, civic groups, school and hospital in-services, etc. The rabbi-comedian draws tremendous media attention, and, among others, has been seen on The Early Show, The Today Show, Good Morning America, Showtime, the BBC, CNN, and was featured on Extra, TV's top-rated entertainment program, immediately following a segment on the size of Jennifer Lopez's buttocks. He was recently named “Honorary Comedic Advisor to the Pope,” winning an international contest launched on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.” In addition to being a full-time stand-up comic and conducting annual High Holyday services, Bob is the author of three books that further showcase his considerable talents: Life Doesn't Get Any Better Than This, an inspirational collection that The Detroit Free Press called “a volume of spiritual gems;” the award-winning full-color cartoon book A Rabbi Confesses; and the recently-published Thanks. I Needed That, more stories that touch readers with their warmth, humor, and wisdom. He’s also produced two best-selling comedy CDs as well as a DVD. Bob resides in rural Vermont with his wife Sherri, a psychotherapist. Professionally, he makes people laugh, while she helps people cry. View Bob Alper's website
Interfaith Lecture Series: Susan Sparks    Hall of Philosophy
As a trial lawyer turned standup comedian and Baptist minister, Susan Sparks is America’s only female comedian with a pulpit. A North Carolina native, Susan received her B.A. at the University of North Carolina and a law degree from Wake Forest University. After ten years as a lawyer moonlighting as a standup, she left her practice and spent two years on a solo trip around the world, including working with Mother Teresa’s mission in Calcutta, climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro, and driving her Jeep Wrangler solo from NYC to Alaska. Upon returning home, she entered Union Theological Seminary in New York City, where she earned a Master of Divinity and wrote an honors thesis on humor and religion. In May 2007 Susan was installed as the 15th Senior Minister of the historic Madison Avenue Baptist Church in New York City. She was the first woman pastor in its 170-year history and she remains there to this day. (Y'all come visit!) A featured TEDx speaker, Susan's work with humor, healing, and spirituality has been featured in O (The Oprah) Magazine, the New York Times, and on such networks as ABC, CNN, CBS, and the History Channel. A professional comedian, Susan tours nationally with a stand-up Rabbi and a Muslim comic in the Laugh in Peace Tour. She is also an internationally known preacher and speaker whose wide-ranging clients include the World Bank, colleges and universities, resorts such as Canyon Ranch, religious conventions, and national/regional gatherings for cancer survivors and caregivers (Susan is a breast cancer survivor). In addition to her speaking and preaching, Susan writes a nationally syndicated column through GateHouse Media distributed to over 600 newspapers reaching over 21 million people in 36 states. She is the author of the award-winning book, Laugh Your Way to Grace: Reclaiming the Spiritual Power of Humor, and her second book, Preaching Punchlines: The Ten Commandments of Standup Comedy, is due to be released in the summer of 2019. Susan is the 20th recipient of the John L. Haber Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Arts given by the University of North Carolina (and comedian/alum Lewis Black), as well as a recipient of the Intersections International Award for interfaith work to promote justice and reconciliation among diverse communities. Most importantly, Susan and her husband Toby love to fly-fish, ride their Harleys, eat good BBQ, and root for North Carolina Basketball and the Green Bay Packers.
Interfaith Lecture Series: Gilbran Saleem    Hall of Philosophy
Gibran Saleem was born into a traditional Pakistani Muslim household in the US and grew up along the east coast of America. He started comedy while attending graduate school at New York University studying Psychology. While finishing his Master’s thesis on extroversion, Gibran slowly began performing on the side, and his obsession with comedy grew stronger and stronger. He was soon individually handpicked as an MVP nominee on the national TBS Rooftop Comedy College Competition, and was a 2-time recipient of the UCB (Upright Citizens Brigade) diversity scholarship. Gibran is the only comedian ever to be selected as a finalist for both the Stand-Up NBC and NBC Late Night program, where he was 1 of 6 individuals hand-selected over 1,000 submissions. Gibran has been featured on MTV, TV Land, Comedy Central, Popcorn Flix, PBS, CUNY TV, VOA, Huffington Post, and Cosmopolitan. He performed his stand-up television debut on Gotham Comedy Live for AXS TV, and was featured on Season 2 of Better Things on FX. Gibran was also the focus of an international documentary on NHK TV calledAsian Dreamers: Brown is Funny. He has toured nationally in festivals, colleges, and clubs across the country, and has also performed overseas in South Korea and Japan during a comedy tour for the troops. Gibran is currently working on a short film that he wrote and created calledGibranistan, and will soon be launching his comedy-meets-positive-psychology podcast Everybody Fails. He is based in Brooklyn, NY, where he is a regular performer at clubs across the city as well as at the legendary Comedy Cellar. This week he comes to CHQ as the third member of “The Laugh in Peace Tour” with Rabbi Bob Alper and Rev. Susan Sparks.
Interfaith Lecture Series: Rabbi Saul J. Berman    Hall of Philosophy
.Week Six: Rabbi Saul J. Berman (Orthodox Judaism) Rabbi Saul J. Berman was ordained at Yeshiva University, from which he also received his B.A. and his M.H.L. He completed a degree in law, a J.D., at New York University, and an M.A. in Political Science at the University of California at Berkeley. He spent two years studying Mishpat Ivri in Israel at Hebrew University and at Tel Aviv University. Rabbi Berman was the Rabbi of Congregation Beth Israel in Berkeley, California, from 1963 to 1969. He was an early leader in the Soviet Jewry movement and, an active participant in the Civil Rights movement, he was present and was arrested at the demonstrations in Selma, Alabama in 1965. From 1969 to 1971 Rabbi Berman was the spiritual leader of the Young Israel of Brookline, Mass. In 1971 Rabbi Berman was appointed Chairman of the Department of Judaic Studies of Stern College for Women of Yeshiva University. Under his leadership over the next thirteen years, it grew into the largest undergraduate Department of Jewish Studies in the United States. In 1984 Rabbi Berman accepted the position as Senior Rabbi of Lincoln Square Synagogue in Manhattan, where he served until 1990. In 1990 Rabbi Berman returned to academic life, as Associate Professor, and then as Professor of Jewish Studies at Stern College, where he continues to teach; and also as an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University School of Law where, as the Nathan and Rose Rotter Fellow in Talmudic Law, he teaches seminars in Jewish Law. From 1997 until 2006 Rabbi Berman served as Director of Edah, an organization devoted to the invigoration of modern Orthodox ideology and religious life. Aside his academic appointments, Rabbi Berman served as Director of Continuing Rabbinic Education at Yeshivat Chovevei Torah from 2007 to 2009. In 2009-2010 he was a Fellow of the Tikvah Center for Law and Jewish Civilization at New York University Law School. Rabbi Berman is a contributor to the Encyclopedia Judaica and is the author of numerous articles which have been published in journals such as Tradition, Judaism, Journal of Jewish Studies, Dinei Yisrael, and others. His book Boundaries of Loyalty: Testimony against Fellow Jews in Non-Jewish Courts was recently published by Cambridge University Press. He is married to Shellee Berman, and they have four children, four in-law children, and eight grandchildren, five living in New York and three living in Modiin, Israel.
Interfaith Lecture Series: Dr. Abdallah S. Daar    Hall of Philosophy
Dr. Abdallah S. Daar, O. C. FRS (C), D. Phil, FRCS, FRCP, is Emeritus Professor of Global Public Health and of Surgery at the University of Toronto and a Permanent Fellow of the Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study. His other recent appointments include being Senior Scientist at University Health Network Research Institute and at the Research Institute of the Hospital for Sick Children; and Chief Scientific and Ethics Officer and Chair of the Scientific Advisory Board at Grand Challenges Canada. Professor Daar was the founding Chair of the Board of the Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases (2009-2011) and was Chair of the Advisory Board of the United Nations University International Institute of Global Health. He was also a member of the Board of Directors of Genome Canada and a Member of the United Nations Secretary-General's Scientific Advisory Board. After medical schools in Uganda and London, England, he went to the University of Oxford, where he did postgraduate clinical training in surgery and also in internal medicine, a doctorate in transplant immunology, and a fellowship in organ transplantation. He was on the faculty of the Nuffield Dept. of Surgery at Oxford University for several years before going to the Middle East to help start two medical schools. He was the foundation chair of surgery at Sultan Qaboos University in Oman for a decade before moving to the University of Toronto in 2001. Professor Daar's academic career has spanned biomedical sciences, organ transplantation, surgery, global health, and bioethics. He has worked in various advisory or consulting capacities with the UN, the World Health Organization and UNESCO; was a member of the African Union High Level Panel on Modern Biotechnology; and is currently a member of its High Level African Panel on Emerging Technologies. Daar is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, the Academy of Sciences for the Developing World (TWAS), the Islamic World Academy of Sciences, the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences, and the New York Academy of Sciences, and is a Senior Fellow of Massey College, University of Toronto. He has been a member of UNESCO's International Bioethics Committee and of the Ethics Committee of the Human Genome Organization. His international awards include the Patey Prize of the Surgical Society of Great Britain, the Hunterian Professorship of the Royal College of Surgeons of England, the UNESCO Avicenna Prize for Ethics of Science, and the Anthony Miller Award for Excellence in Research in Public Health Sciences at the University of Toronto. He holds the official world record for performing the youngest cadaveric-donor kidney transplant. His current major research focus is on the Developmental Origins of Health and Disease; and on ameliorating global health inequities through building scientific capacity, especially in Africa, where he works with the African Academy of Sciences and the African Union. He has published over 400 papers in peer-reviewed journals and as chapters in various books. He has also published six books including The Grandest Challenge: Taking Life-Saving Science from Lab to Village, which he co-wrote with Peter Singer. In 2017 Abdallah Daar received one of Canada’s highest awards for public service, being named an Officer of the Order of Canada. In September 2018 Abdallah released his seventh book, Garment of Destiny, which will form the basis of his lecture at Chautauqua on Grace, inspired by his Swahili Muslim heritage.
Interfaith Lecture Series: Katherine Ozment    Hall of Philosophy
Katherine Ozment is the author of Grace Without God: The Search for Meaning, Purpose, and Belonging in a Secular Age. She is an award-winning journalist who has worked in publishing for more than twenty-five years, including as a senior editor at National Geographic, for which she once rode a donkey through the deserts of Israel and Jordan for several weeks on assignment. Her essays and articles have been widely published in such venues as National Geographic, The New York Times, and Spirituality & Health. Grace Without God was named a Best Book of the Year by Publishers Weekly and Spirituality & Health and won the 2017 First Place Award for Excellence in Nonfiction Religion Books from the Religion News Association. Born in Arkansas, she has lived on both coasts and now resides with her husband and three children in Chicago. Grace Without God tells the story of the recent and dramatic rise in religious disaffiliation across the United States. To tell this story, Ozment spent three years observing, researching, and writing about the “Nones,” the shorthand term for those who check “None of the Above” when asked their religious affiliation. In recent years, that group has grown to twenty-five percent of the U.S. adult population (and thirty-nine percent of Millennials). Grace Without God examines the forces, large and small, that have led so many people to leave religion, and then goes on to explore what they’re doing instead. Ozment’s is a hopeful, if complex, tale of the many ways secular Americans are creating new communities, rituals, and sources of meaning—and how these new approaches are changing the fabric of American society.
CLSC Author Presentation: Sarah Ruhl,   Hall of Philosophy
In 2012, Sarah Ruhl was a distinguished author and playwright, twice a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Max Ritvo, a student in her playwriting class at Yale University, was an exuberant, opinionated, and highly gifted poet. He was also in remission from pediatric cancer. Over the next four years?in which Ritvo’s illness returned and his health declined, even as his productivity bloomed?the two exchanged letters that spark with urgency, humor, and the desire for connection. Reincarnation, books, the afterlife as an Amtrak quiet car, good soup: in Ruhl and Ritvo’s exchanges, all ideas are fair, nourishing game, shared and debated in a spirit of generosity and love. Studded with poems and songs, Letters from Max is a deeply moving portrait of a friendship, and a shimmering exploration of love, art, mortality, and the afterlife. Sarah Ruhl is a playwright, two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist, Tony Award nominee, and author of the book 100 Essays I Don’t Have Time to Write, which was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. She has been the recipient of many awards, including the MacArthur Fellowship and the Whiting Writers’ Award. She is currently on the faculty of the Yale School of Drama and lives in Brooklyn with her family. Max Ritvo (1990–2016) was the author, with Sarah Ruhl, of Letters from Max. He was also the author of two collections of poems, Four Reincarnations and The Final Voicemails, which were published by Milkweed Editions in 2016 and 2018. His chapbook, Aeons, was chosen by Jean Valentine to receive the Poetry Society of America Chapbook Fellowship in 2014. Ritvo’s poetry has also appeared in The New Yorker and Poetry, among many other publications.
Bill Moyers    Hall of Philosophy
In addition to this lecture, Bill Moyers will also be moderating lectures happening Aug. 13-Aug. 15. Bill Moyers has been recognized as one of the unique voices of our times. His career in broadcast journalism has spanned five decades and earned him more than 36 Emmy Awards, nine Peabody Awards, six Alfred I. DuPont Columbia University Awards, the National Humanities Medal from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the PEN USA Courageous Advocacy Award, the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, and the Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts from the American Film Institute. He and his wife and creative partner, Judith Davidson Moyers, have been responsible for such acclaimed PBS series as Joseph Campbell and the Power of Myth; On Our Own Terms-Moyers on Death and Dying; Close to Home—Moyers on Addiction and Recovery; America’s First River—the Story of the Hudson River; The Language of Life; Genesis: A Living Conversation; Faith & Reason; The Wisdom of Faith with Huston Smith; Amazing Grace; and, until their retirement in 2015, the weekly television series NOW with Bill Moyers (2002-2004), Bill Moyers Journal (2007-2010), and Moyers & Company (2013-2015). Their award-winning investigative documentaries include The Secret Government—the Constitution in Crisis; Trade Secrets—A Moyers Report on Chemicals and Public Health; Capitol Crimes – Net at Risk – Whose Internet is It?; Buying the War: How the Press Enabled the Invasion of Iraq; Pesticides in Our Children’s Food; Two American Families: Our Struggling Middle Class; and Free Speech for Sale—How Money is Changing Politics. Most recently the Moyers team received the Robert F. Kennedy Humanitarian Award for their documentary reporting on the culture of cruelty in New York City’s largest and most notorious jail, Rikers, as well as the Cannes Festival Award for Diversity. Bill Moyers graduated from the University of Texas, studied at New College Divinity School at the University of Edinburgh, and received his Master of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Texas. Before beginning his prolific career with public television he worked as liaison in 1960 between John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson, became a founding organizer of the Peace Corps and its first deputy director, and served as Special Assistant for domestic policy to President Lyndon B. Johnson and then White House Press Secretary before resigning to become publisher of New York’s Newsday. He was also Senior Correspondent for the CBS documentary series CBS Reports founded by Edward R. Murrow, and for five years was senior news analyst of the CBS Evening News. He is president of the Schumann Media Center, a non-profit organization for the support of independent journalism. Judith Davidson Moyers served for l7 years as a trustee of the State University of New York, including five years as vice-chair of the board; a trustee of Hofstra University; a member of the White House Commission on Children; a delegate to the United States Commission to UNESCO, and an advisor to the Corporation for Entertainment and Learning, producer of the highly-acclaimed series Walk Through the Twentieth Century and Creativity. She was the first woman to moderate executive seminars at the Aspen Institute for the Humanities. In l987 she became president and executive producer of Public Affairs Television, the Moyers’s independent production company. The Moyers have three grown children and five grandchildren, and live in New York City
Interfaith Lecture Series: Moderator: Bill Moyers, speaker..    Hall of Philosophy
Hardy Merriman is President of the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict (ICNC). For over 15 years, he has focused on how ordinary people engage in nonviolent civil resistance—using tactics such as strikes, boycotts, civil disobedience, mass demonstrations and other acts of noncooperation—to win rights, freedom and justice. He presents to activists and organizers from around the world and speaks widely with academics, journalists, and members of international organizations. From 2016-18 he also served as an adjunct lecturer at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. Hardy Merriman’s writings have been translated into numerous languages. He has contributed to many books, including Is Authoritarianism Staging a Comeback?; Civilian Jihad: Nonviolent Struggle, Democratization, and Governance in the Middle East; andWaging Nonviolent Struggle: 20th Century Practice and 21st Century Potential. He also co-authored A Guide to Effective Nonviolent Struggle, a training curriculum for activists, and has written about external assistance to nonviolent movements and the role of nonviolent action in countering terrorism. Bill Moyers has been recognized as one of the unique voices of our times. His career in broadcast journalism has spanned five decades and earned him more than 36 Emmy Awards, nine Peabody Awards, six Alfred I. DuPont Columbia University Awards, the National Humanities Medal from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the PEN USA Courageous Advocacy Award, the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, and the Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts from the American Film Institute. He and his wife and creative partner, Judith Davidson Moyers, have been responsible for such acclaimed PBS series as Joseph Campbell and the Power of Myth; On Our Own Terms-Moyers on Death and Dying; Close to Home—Moyers on Addiction and Recovery; America’s First River—the Story of the Hudson River; The Language of Life; Genesis: A Living Conversation; Faith & Reason; The Wisdom of Faith with Huston Smith; Amazing Grace; and, until their retirement in 2015, the weekly television series NOW with Bill Moyers (2002-2004), Bill Moyers Journal (2007-2010), and Moyers & Company (2013-2015). Their award-winning investigative documentaries include The Secret Government—the Constitution in Crisis; Trade Secrets—A Moyers Report on Chemicals and Public Health; Capitol Crimes – Net at Risk – Whose Internet is It?; Buying the War: How the Press Enabled the Invasion of Iraq; Pesticides in Our Children’s Food; Two American Families: Our Struggling Middle Class; and Free Speech for Sale—How Money is Changing Politics. Most recently the Moyers team received the Robert F. Kennedy Humanitarian Award for their documentary reporting on the culture of cruelty in New York City’s largest and most notorious jail, Rikers, as well as the Cannes Festival Award for Diversity. Bill Moyers graduated from the University of Texas, studied at New College Divinity School at the University of Edinburgh, and received his Master of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Texas. Before beginning his prolific career with public television he worked as liaison in 1960 between John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson, became a founding organizer of the Peace Corps and its first deputy director, and served as Special Assistant for domestic policy to President Lyndon B. Johnson and then White House Press Secretary before resigning to become publisher of New York’s Newsday. He was also Senior Correspondent for the CBS documentary series CBS Reports founded by Edward R. Murrow, and for five years was senior news analyst of the CBS Evening News. He is president of the Schumann Media Center, a non-profit organization for the support of independent journalism. Judith Davidson Moyers served for l7 years as a trustee of the State University of New York, including five years as vice-chair of the board; a trustee of Hofstra University; a member of the White House Commission on Children; a delegate to the United States Commission to UNESCO, and an advisor to the Corporation for Entertainment and Learning, producer of the highly-acclaimed series Walk Through the Twentieth Century and Creativity. She was the first woman to moderate executive seminars at the Aspen Institute for the Humanities. In l987 she became president and executive producer of Public Affairs Television, the Moyers’s independent production company. The Moyers have three grown children and five grandchildren, and live in New York City.
Interfaith Lecture Series: Moderator: Bill Moyers, Speaker..    Hall of Philosophy
Heather C. McGhee, former president of Demos, is now a Distinguished Senior Fellow there. She joined Demos in 2002, serving as its president from 2014 through June, 2018. A recognized thought leader on the national stage, McGhee, now as a Distinguished Senior Fellow, continues to advance the vision of an equal say and an equal chance through her writing, public speaking and media appearances. McGhee is writing a major book to be published in 2019 about the personal, economic and societal costs of racism to everyone in America, including white people. She serves as a contributor to NBC News, and frequently appears on shows such as Meet the Press. Her opinions, writing, and research have appeared in numerous outlets, including The New York Times, The Nation, and The Hill. She has received New York University’s McSilver Award for Leaders in the Fight against Poverty, and Citizen Action of New York’s Progressive Leadership Award. Over the years, McGhee’s work has had a profound influence on public policies and issues. Her efforts at Demos as both staff member and president have led to achievements that include: landmark consumer protections to rein in credit card abuses and save consumers over $50 billion in fees; critical contributions to policies that rewrote the rules for how financial institutions operate; billions in wage increases at large companies and for government contractors; four million low-income voters registered at DMVs and public agencies; and pro-democracy reforms, such as public campaign financing, same-day registration, and automatic voter registration, won in a dozen states and Washington, D.C. McGhee currently serves on the boards of the Center for Working Families, Consumer Reports, and Indivisible. She holds a B.A. in American Studies from Yale University and a J.D. from the University of California at Berkeley School of Law. Bill Moyers has been recognized as one of the unique voices of our times. His career in broadcast journalism has spanned five decades and earned him more than 36 Emmy Awards, nine Peabody Awards, six Alfred I. DuPont Columbia University Awards, the National Humanities Medal from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the PEN USA Courageous Advocacy Award, the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, and the Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts from the American Film Institute. He and his wife and creative partner, Judith Davidson Moyers, have been responsible for such acclaimed PBS series as Joseph Campbell and the Power of Myth; On Our Own Terms-Moyers on Death and Dying; Close to Home—Moyers on Addiction and Recovery; America’s First River—the Story of the Hudson River; The Language of Life; Genesis: A Living Conversation; Faith & Reason; The Wisdom of Faith with Huston Smith; Amazing Grace; and, until their retirement in 2015, the weekly television series NOW with Bill Moyers (2002-2004), Bill Moyers Journal (2007-2010), and Moyers & Company (2013-2015). Their award-winning investigative documentaries include The Secret Government—the Constitution in Crisis; Trade Secrets—A Moyers Report on Chemicals and Public Health; Capitol Crimes – Net at Risk – Whose Internet is It?; Buying the War: How the Press Enabled the Invasion of Iraq; Pesticides in Our Children’s Food; Two American Families: Our Struggling Middle Class; and Free Speech for Sale—How Money is Changing Politics. Most recently the Moyers team received the Robert F. Kennedy Humanitarian Award for their documentary reporting on the culture of cruelty in New York City’s largest and most notorious jail, Rikers, as well as the Cannes Festival Award for Diversity. Bill Moyers graduated from the University of Texas, studied at New College Divinity School at the University of Edinburgh, and received his Master of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Texas. Before beginning his prolific career with public television he worked as liaison in 1960 between John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson, became a founding organizer of the Peace Corps and its first deputy director, and served as Special Assistant for domestic policy to President Lyndon B. Johnson and then White House Press Secretary before resigning to become publisher of New York’s Newsday. He was also Senior Correspondent for the CBS documentary series CBS Reports founded by Edward R. Murrow, and for five years was senior news analyst of the CBS Evening News. He is president of the Schumann Media Center, a non-profit organization for the support of independent journalism. Judith Davidson Moyers served for l7 years as a trustee of the State University of New York, including five years as vice-chair of the board; a trustee of Hofstra University; a member of the White House Commission on Children; a delegate to the United States Commission to UNESCO, and an advisor to the Corporation for Entertainment and Learning, producer of the highly-acclaimed series Walk Through the Twentieth Century and Creativity. She was the first woman to moderate executive seminars at the Aspen Institute for the Humanities. In l987 she became president and executive producer of Public Affairs Television, the Moyers’s independent production company. The Moyers have three grown children and five grandchildren, and live in New York City.
Interfaith Lecture Series: Speaker:Andrew J. Bacevich , Mo..    Hall of Philosophy
Andrew J. Bacevich is professor of history and international relations emeritus at Boston University. A graduate of the U. S. Military Academy, he served for twenty-three years as a commissioned officer in the United States Army. He received his Ph. D. in American diplomatic history from Princeton. Before joining the faculty of Boston University in 1998, he taught at West Point and at Johns Hopkins. Dr. Bacevich is the author of the forthcoming book Age of Illusions: America after the Cold War. Earlier books include Twilight of the American Century (2018); America’s War for the Greater Middle East: A Military History (2016); Breach of Trust: How Americans Failed Their Soldiers and Their Country (2013); Washington Rules: America’s Path to Permanent War (2010); The Limits of Power: The End of American Exceptionalism (2008); and The New American Militarism: How Americans Are Seduced by War (2005). His essays and reviews have appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, Harper’s, Foreign Affairs, New Left Review, The Nation, The New Republic, and The London Review of Books among other publications. Bill Moyers has been recognized as one of the unique voices of our times. His career in broadcast journalism has spanned five decades and earned him more than 36 Emmy Awards, nine Peabody Awards, six Alfred I. DuPont Columbia University Awards, the National Humanities Medal from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the PEN USA Courageous Advocacy Award, the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, and the Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts from the American Film Institute. He and his wife and creative partner, Judith Davidson Moyers, have been responsible for such acclaimed PBS series as Joseph Campbell and the Power of Myth; On Our Own Terms-Moyers on Death and Dying; Close to Home—Moyers on Addiction and Recovery; America’s First River—the Story of the Hudson River; The Language of Life; Genesis: A Living Conversation; Faith & Reason; The Wisdom of Faith with Huston Smith; Amazing Grace; and, until their retirement in 2015, the weekly television series NOW with Bill Moyers (2002-2004), Bill Moyers Journal (2007-2010), and Moyers & Company (2013-2015). Their award-winning investigative documentaries include The Secret Government—the Constitution in Crisis; Trade Secrets—A Moyers Report on Chemicals and Public Health; Capitol Crimes – Net at Risk – Whose Internet is It?; Buying the War: How the Press Enabled the Invasion of Iraq; Pesticides in Our Children’s Food; Two American Families: Our Struggling Middle Class; and Free Speech for Sale—How Money is Changing Politics. Most recently the Moyers team received the Robert F. Kennedy Humanitarian Award for their documentary reporting on the culture of cruelty in New York City’s largest and most notorious jail, Rikers, as well as the Cannes Festival Award for Diversity. Bill Moyers graduated from the University of Texas, studied at New College Divinity School at the University of Edinburgh, and received his Master of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Texas. Before beginning his prolific career with public television he worked as liaison in 1960 between John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson, became a founding organizer of the Peace Corps and its first deputy director, and served as Special Assistant for domestic policy to President Lyndon B. Johnson and then White House Press Secretary before resigning to become publisher of New York’s Newsday. He was also Senior Correspondent for the CBS documentary series CBS Reports founded by Edward R. Murrow, and for five years was senior news analyst of the CBS Evening News. He is president of the Schumann Media Center, a non-profit organization for the support of independent journalism. Judith Davidson Moyers served for l7 years as a trustee of the State University of New York, including five years as vice-chair of the board; a trustee of Hofstra University; a member of the White House Commission on Children; a delegate to the United States Commission to UNESCO, and an advisor to the Corporation for Entertainment and Learning, producer of the highly-acclaimed series Walk Through the Twentieth Century and Creativity. She was the first woman to moderate executive seminars at the Aspen Institute for the Humanities. In l987 she became president and executive producer of Public Affairs Television, the Moyers’s independent production company. The Moyers have three grown children and five grandchildren, and live in New York City.
CLSC Author Presentation: Kanishk Tharoor,   Hall of Philosophy
In one of this collection’s singularly imaginative stories, despondent diplomats entertain themselves by playing table tennis in zero gravity?for after rising seas destroy Manhattan, the United Nations moves to an orbiting space hotel. In other tales, a team of anthropologists treks to a remote village to record a language’s last surviving speaker intoning her native tongue; and Genghis Khan’s marauding army steadily approaches an unnamed city’s walls. With exuberant originality and startling vision, Tharoor cuts against the grain of literary convention, drawing equally from ancient history and current events. His world-spanning stories speak to contemporary challenges of environmental collapse and cultural appropriation, but also to the workings of legend and their timeless human truths. Whether refashioning the romances of Alexander the Great or confronting the plight of today’s refugees, Tharoor writes with distinctive insight and remarkable assurance. Swimmer Among the Stars announces the arrival of a vital, enchanting talent. Kanishk Tharoor’s journalism and fiction have been published in The New York Times, The Guardian, The Atlantic, The Nation, The Paris Review, and The New Yorker, and his work has been nominated for the National Magazine Award. He is the presenter and writer of the BBC radio series "Museum of Lost Objects" and a columnist for the Hindustan Times and the Hindu Business Line in India. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and son.
Interfaith Lecture Series: Arvind-Pal S. Mandair    Hall of Philosophy
.Week Eight: Arvind-Pal S. Mandair (Sikhism) Dr. Arvind-Pal S. Mandair teaches at the University of Michigan, where he is Associate Professor in Sikh Studies in the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures. Dr. Mandair holds doctoral degrees in the fields of Chemistry and Philosophy/Religion; has held endowed chairs in Sikh Studies at the University of Michigan and Hofstra University (NY); and he has taught in the US and the UK. His research interests traverse a wide range of academic disciplines, including cross-cultural philosophy (European and Asian), philosophy of religion, translation theory, postcolonial theory and political theory, and the history and theory of religions. His early work was heavily focused on the critical study of translation as a site of cultural encounter in the 19th and 20th century construction of religion. His current teaching interests include a course on Race and Religion, and a new course exploring the intersections of Neuroscience and Asian theories of Mind and Consciousness. Arvind Mandair’s book publications include Religion and the Specter of the West: Sikhism, India, Postcoloniality and the Politics of Translation; Sikhism: A Guide for the Perplexed; and Secularism and Religion-Making (with Markus Dressler). He is co-translator and co-author of the acclaimed translations of Sikh scripture: Teachings of the Sikh Gurus: Selections from the Scriptures. He has also published numerous articles in top journals of religion including JAAR, Religion, History of Religions, Sophia, Method and Theory in the Study of Religion, and many others. Arvind Mandair is founding editor of the journal Sikh Formations: Religion, Culture, and Theory published by Routledge, and also serves on the editorial advisory board of journals such as Culture and Religion and Religions of South Asia. Editor of the new book series Routledge Critical Sikh Studies, he is currently working on several monographs in the areas of cross-cultural philosophy, violence, and philosophy of religion.
Interfaith Lecture Series: Debby Irving    Hall of Philosophy
Debby Irving brings to racial justice the perspective of working as a community organizer and classroom teacher for 25 years without understanding racism as a systemic issue or her own whiteness as an obstacle to grappling with it. As general manager of Boston’s Dance Umbrella and First Night, and later as a classroom teacher in Cambridge, Massachusetts, she struggled to make sense of tensions she could feel but not explain in racially mixed settings. In 2009, a graduate school course, Racial and Cultural Identities, gave her the answers she’d been looking for and launched her on a journey of discovery. Debby now devotes herself to working with white people exploring the impact white skin can have on perception, problem solving, and engaging in racial justice work. A graduate of the Winsor School in Boston, she holds a BA from Kenyon College and an MBA from Simmons College. Her first book, Waking Up White, tells the story of how she went from well-meaning to well-doing. Waking Up White is the book Debby Irving wishes someone had handed her decades ago. By sharing her sometimes cringe-worthy struggle to understand racism and racial tensions, she offers a fresh perspective on bias, stereotypes, manners, and tolerance. As she unpacks her own long-held beliefs about colorblindness, being a good person, and wanting to help people of color, she reveals how each of these well-intentioned mindsets actually perpetuated her ill-conceived ideas about race. She also explains why and how she’s changed the way she talks about racism, works in racially mixed groups, and understands the racial justice movement as a whole. Exercises at the end of each chapter prompt readers to explore their own racialized ideas. Waking Up White's personal narrative is designed to work well as a rapid read, a book group book, or support reading for courses exploring racial and cultural issues.
Interfaith Lecture Series: Rev. angel Kyodo williams    Hall of Philosophy
Once called “the most intriguing African-American Buddhist” by Library Journal, and “one of our wisest voices on social evolution” by Krista Tippett, Rev. angel Kyodo williams Sensei, is an author, maverick spiritual teacher, master trainer and founder of Center for Transformative Change. She has been bridging the worlds of personal transformation and justice since the publication of her critically-acclaimed book, Being Black: Zen and the Art of Living with Fearlessness and Grace. Being Black was hailed as “an act of love” by Pulitzer Prize winner Alice Walker and “a classic” by Buddhist teacher Jack Kornfield. Her new co-authored book, Radical Dharma: Talking Race, Love & Liberation, is a powerful wake-up journey that is igniting communities — activist, Buddhist, and beyond — to have the conversations necessary to become more awake and aware of what hinders liberation of self and society. The Radical Dharma events that have emerged from the book: Connections, Circles and Conversations, have initiated profound healing and deepened commitment to dismantling oppression across lines of race, class, gender, sexual orientation, and other divides. Ordained as a Zen priest, she is a Sensei, only the second black woman recognized as a teacher in the Japanese Zen lineage. She is a social visionary that applies wisdom teachings and embodied practice to intractable social issues at the intersections where race, climate, and economic justice meet. She coined the name for the field of Transformative Social Change and sees it as America’s next great movement. In recognition of her work, Rev. angel received the first Creating Enlightened Society Award from the international Shambhala Community. For over 20 years, she has been putting into practice her unwavering belief that the key to transforming society is transforming our inner lives. She has developed comprehensive systems for illuminating both practical personal change and the profoundly liberating potential of mindfulness meditation, yoga, and somatic practices coupled with wisdom teachings. Calling for a paradigm shift that “changes the way change is done,” Rev. angel envisions the building of a presence-centered social justice movement as the foundation for personal freedom, a just society and the healing of divisions of race, class, faith and politic. Both fierce and grounded, she is known for her unflinching willingness to both sit with and speak uncomfortable truths with love. Her work has been widely covered, including in the New York Times, Boston Globe, Ms., Essence and Buddhadharma. angel notes, “Love and justice are not two. Without inner change, there can be no outer change. Without collective change, no change matters.” Whether in writing, teaching, or speaking, her voice is unique. She was made for these times.
Interfaith Lecture Series: Jennifer Eberhardt    Hall of Philosophy
Dr. Jennifer Eberhardt is a professor of psychology at Stanford. She has a Ph.D. from Harvard, and is the recipient of many prestigious awards, including a 2014 MacArthur “genius” award. She has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and was named one of Foreign Policy’s 100 Leading Global Thinkers. Author of BIASED: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice That Shapes What We See, Think, and Do, she is widely considered one of the world’s leading experts on racial bias. Dr. Eberhardt was one of the first social science researchers to apply her research on implicit bias to law enforcement, and President Obama’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing quoted her testimony in its call for implicit bias training at all levels of law enforcement. She is co-founder and co-director of SPARQ (Social Psychological Answers to Real-world Questions), a Stanford Center that brings together researchers and practitioners to address significant social problems. SPARQ not only addresses social problems in the area of criminal justice, but also in health, education, and business. With SPARQ, Dr. Eberhardt has worked with the Oakland Police Department on improving police-community relations. California’s former Attorney General, Kamala Harris, and the Department of Justice used pilot versions of her trainings on implicit bias to develop a statewide training program for law enforcement officials. She is also part of a federal monitoring team overseeing the New York City Police Department’s reform efforts in the aftermath of a judge’s ruling to end controversial “stop and frisk” practices. Professor Eberhardt has consulted for Airbnb, Nextdoor, and other businesses who have read her research and reached out to see how social science can be applied to reduce bias in the business world. The hallmarks of her work are: unsettling research revealing the long, pernicious reach of unconscious racial bias, and an unrelenting commitment to use her findings to develop positive solutions in our contemporary world. Interest has built in Dr. Eberhardt’s work through media coverage of her research in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, Discover Magazine, WIRED, Vox, and Slate. Her work has been featured on the BBC, PBS, and NPR as well as in popular books, such as NPR correspondent Shankar Vedantam’s The Hidden Brain and Michelle Alexander’s The New Jim Crow.
CLSC Author Presentation: Joy Harjo,   Hall of Philosophy
A musical, magical, resilient volume from one of our most celebrated and essential Native American voices: In these poems, the joys and struggles of the everyday are played against the grinding politics of being human. Beginning in a hotel room in the dark of a distant city, we travel through history and follow the memory of the Trail of Tears from the bend in the Tallapoosa River to a place near the Arkansas River. Stomp dance songs, blues, and jazz ballads echo throughout. Lost ancestors are recalled. Resilient songs are born, even as they grieve the loss of their country. Called a "magician and a master" (San Francisco Chronicle), Joy Harjo is at the top of her form in Conflict Resolution for Holy Beings. Joy Harjo’s eight books of poetry include How We Became Human: New and Selected Poems and She Had Some Horses, and her memoir Crazy Brave won the American Book Award, among other honors. She is the recipient of the Poetry Foundation’s Ruth Lilly Prize for Lifetime Achievement and the Wallace Stevens Award from the Academy of American Poets for proven mastery in the art of poetry. A renowned musician, Harjo performs with her saxophone internationally. The stunning second novel from National Book Award finalist Andrew Krivák is a heartbreaking, captivating story about a family awaiting the return of their youngest son from the Vietnam War. In a small town in Pennsylvania’s Endless Mountains Hannah and her son Bo mourn the loss of the family patriarch, Jozef Vinich. They were three generations under one roof. Three generations, but only one branch of a scraggy tree; they are a war-haunted family in a war-torn century, from World War I through the Vietnam War, where Hannah’s prodigal younger son, Sam, has been reported missing in action. Bo is left to grieve but also to hope for reunion, to create a new life, to embrace the land and work its soil through the seasons. The Signal Flame is a stirring novel about generations of men and women and the events that define them, brothers who take different paths, the old European values yielding to new world ways, and the convalescence of memory and war. Andrew Krivák’s first novel, The Sojourn, was a finalist for the National Book Award, and received the Dayton Literary Peace Prize for fiction and the inaugural Chautauqua Prize in 2012. He is also the author of a memoir about his time in the Jesuit order, A Long Retreat: In Search of a Religious Life, and editor of The Letters of William Carlos Williams to Edgar Irving Williams, 1902-1912.
Interfaith Lecture Series: The Very Rev. Samuel G. Candler    Hall of Philosophy
.Week Nine: The Very Rev. Samuel G. Candler (Progressive Christianity) The Very Rev. Samuel G. Candler is Dean of the Cathedral of St. Philip in the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta, GA. Dean Candler received his B.A. degree, cum laude, from Occidental College, in Los Angeles, California. In 1982, he graduated magna cum laude from Yale University Divinity School (and Berkeley Divinity School at Yale, its Episcopal component). Ordained deacon in 1982, and priest in 1983, Dean Candler has served churches in Marietta and Cumming, Georgia; and in Summerville, South Carolina. Immediately before he was called to St. Philip's, he was Dean of Trinity Cathedral in Columbia, South Carolina, from 1993-1998. Sam Candler loves the community and diversity of parish life. An amateur pianist, he had intended to become a jazz musician before he was called into the priesthood. Thus, he values the role of music in prayer, and he has served on Liturgy and Music Committees in several dioceses. He also loves the outdoors, where he also finds community and diversity. Having grown up in rural areas, he continues to fish, hunt, hike, and observe the stars as much as possible. In South Carolina, he was a member of the Governor's Commission on Race Relations; and he believes that the Church must continue its social and civic call to justice for all. His vision for St. Philip's Cathedral is that it continues to grow as a passionate and vibrant community of Christian faith, serving the city and diocese of Atlanta. Dean Candler has lectured and preached in England, Costa Rica, and Canada, besides many places in the United States. Known for his optimistic and progressive vision of traditional Christian church life (and life in the Episcopal Church), he is also committed to interfaith relationships of good faith. He is a member of The Faith Alliance (the interfaith network in the city of Atlanta) and World Pilgrims (a group committed to taking Jews, Christians, and Muslims on interfaith pilgrimages together). Finally, Dean Candler presents lectures on religion and science, and on environmental sustainability and earth stewardship. Besides his sermons and articles, Sam Candler writes a commentary called "Good Faith and the Common Good," (www.goodfaithandthecommongood.org); and he is a writer for Episcopal Cafe (www.episcopalcafe.com). Dean Candler is joined in his life and ministry with Boog, his wife, who is a preschool teacher and an interpreter for the deaf. She, too, grew up on a farm, in Maryland. They have three grown children.

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