Speakers' Series

This grant is meant not only to promote new research on virtue in public life, it is also aimed at fostering awareness and appreciation for civic virtue among the general public.

To this end, the project will host a Speakers' Series titled, "Faith and Civic Virtue in Public Life." Five high-profile speakers will deliver a public lecture at the University of Oklahoma campus.

Each speaker we host will participate in several meals with members of the University of Oklahoma community and other community members.

Public Lectures

September 20, 2019 - Public Lecture with Professor Lewis Gordon

Title: “Racism, Anti-truth, and Other Challenges of Citizenship in Communities of Learning”
Time: 2:00 PM
Meacham Auditorium, University of Oklahoma
900 Asp Ave., Norman, OK 73019

Lewis R. Gordon is Professor of Philosophy at UCONN-Storrs; Honorary President of the Global Center for Advanced Studies; the 2018–2019 Boaventura de Sousa Santos Chair in Faculty of Economics of the University of Coimbra, Portugal; and Chair of Global Collaborations for the Caribbean Philosophical Association. He also is a musician and public intellectual who performs and speaks across the globe. Read more

February 2021, Public Lecture with Rick Lowe

More Information coming soon.

Rick Lowe is a Houston-based artist and professor of art at the University of Houston. He has exhibited and worked with communities nationally and internationally. His work has appeared in: the Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston; Museum of Contemporary Arts, Los Angeles; Neuberger Museum, Purchase, New York; Phoenix Art Museum; Kwangju Biennale, Kwangju, Korea; the Kumamoto State Museum, Kumamoto, Japan; the Venice Architecture Biennale; and Documenta 14, Kassel, Germany and Athens, Greece. He is best known for his Project Row Houses community-based art project that he started in Houston in 1993.Read More

April 1, 2021 Public Lecture with Serene Jones

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A highly respected scholar and public intellectual, the Rev. Dr. Serene Jones is the 16th President of the historic Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York. The first woman to head the 182-year-old institution, Jones occupies the Johnston Family Chair for Religion and Democracy. She is a Past President of the American Academy of Religion, which annually hosts the world’s largest gathering of scholars of religion. Read More

TBD - Public Lecture with Krista Tippett

Title: “The Adventure of Civility”

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Krista Tippett is a Peabody Award-winning broadcaster and New York Times bestselling author. As the creator and host of public radio’s On Being (www.onbeing.org), which airs on over 400 public radio stations nationwide and globally via podcast, Tippett takes up the great animating questions of human life: What does it mean to be human, and how do we want to live? Krista and her guests reach beyond the headlines to explore meaning amidst the political, economic, cultural, and technological shifts of twenty-first century life. Read More

TBD Public Lecture with James Sidanius

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Jim Sidanius is the John Lindsley Professor of Psychology in memory of William James and of African and African American Studies in the departments of Psychology and African and African American Studies at Harvard University. His primary research interests include the political psychology of gender, institutional discrimination and the evolutionary psychology of intergroup conflict. Read More