Lecture Archive



Embrace the Pain: Living with the Repugnant Cultural Other
Alan Jacobs, Distinguished Professor of Humanities in the Honors Program, Baylor University
January 29, 2018

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FALL 2017

The Reformation at 500: The Forgotten Key to America’s Crisis in Freedom
Os Guinness, Author and Social Critic
October 12, 2017


Prozac and Jesus: A Christian Psychiatrist’s Perspective on Mental Health Medication and Following God
Dr. Warren Kinghorn, Associate Research Professor of Psychiatry and Pastoral and Moral Theology at Duke University Medical Center and Duke Divinity School, the co-director of the Theology, Medicine, and Culture Initiative at Duke Divinity School, and a staff psychiatrist at the Durham VA Medical Center
September 20, 2017



Getting Medieval with C.S. Lewis
Dr. Chris Armstrong, Director, Opus: The Art of Work, Wheaton College
April 18, 2017


In Praise of Ordinary Work
Dr. Chris Armstrong, Director, Opus: The Art of Work, Wheaton College
April 17, 2017


Social Protest Art and the Work of Georges Rouault
Nicholas Wolterstorff, Noah Porter Professor Emeritus of Philosophical Theology, Yale University
March 30, 2017
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Exhausted From Your Insta-Snap-Tweet-Texting Life?: Sociological and Theological Reflections on Technology
Felicia Wu Song, Associate Professor of Sociology, Westmont College
February 21, 2017


FALL 2016

City of Man: The Practice of Politics Before, During and After the 2016 Election
Peter Wehner, Author and Senior Fellow of the Ethics and Public Policy Center
November 3, 2016
Co-sponsored by Duke’s Program in American Grand Strategy, POLIS and the Kenan Institute for Ethics

Faith and Votes: Beardsley and Feaver Solve All the Word’s Problems
Kyle Beardsley, Associate Professor of Political Science, Duke University
Peter Feaver, Professor of Political Science and Public Policy, Duke University
October 12, 2016
Co-sponsored by Duke Cru
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Genesis and Genetics: Friends or Foes?
Praveeen Sethupathy, Professor of Genetics at UNC-Chapel Hill
April 7, 2016
Co-sponsored by Duke Cru and the Center for Genomic and Computational Biology


Markets, Government, and the Church
Rebecca Blank, Chancellor, University of Wisconsin
March 30, 2016
Co-sponsored by Duke Economics, the Kenan Institute for Ethics, Duke Divinity School, and Duke POLIS
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The Unfree Exercise of Religion: A World Survey of Discrimination against Religious Minorities
Jonathan Fox, Professor of Political Studies at Bar-Ilan University
February 9, 2016
Co-sponsored with Duke’s program in American Grand Strategy


FALL 2015

Does God Matter in the Conversation about Race?
William Tate, Dean of the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences and Vice Provost for Graduate Education, Washington University in St. Louis
Wahneema Lubiano, Associate Professor of African & African-American Studies and Literature, Duke University
Co-sponsored by the Veritas Forum and Duke campus ministries
November 4, 2015
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Why Place Matters: Geography, Memory, Embodiment
William McClay, Professor of History of Liberty at University of Oklahoma
October 29, 2015


Are Robots People Too? The Intersection of AI, Human Identity, and Theology
John Wyatt, Professor Emeritus of Ethics and Perinatology, University College London
September 29, 2015
Co-sponsored by InterVarsity’s Graduate Christian Fellowship at NC State
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Faith in the White House – A Conversation with Michael Gerson and Mac McCorkle
Michael Gerson, nationally syndicated columnist and former top aide to President George W. Bush
Pope “Mac” McCorkle, Associate Professor of the Practice of Public Policy and Director of Graduate Studies in the Master of Public Policy Program
September 17, 2015
Co-sponsored by Religions and Public Life at the Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke University
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Food and the Least of These
Laura Meitzner Yoder, Director of the Human Needs and Global Resources program at Wheaton College
April 11, 2015
Co-sponsored with Servants with a Heart


Confident Pluralism: Surviving and Thriving Through Deep Difference
John Inazu, Associate Professor of Law and Political Science at Washington University in St. Louis
March 25, 2015

The Movies and America: What the Academy Award Nominees for Best Picture Tell Us about Ourselves
Drew Trotter, Executive Director, Consortium of Christian Study Centers
March 1, 2015
Co-sponsored with the North Carolina Study Center


A Forum on Education: Dreaming Big for All Children
Featuring Nicole Baker Fulgham, Founder and President of The Expectations Project, and a panel of local experts
February 12, 2015
Co-sponsored with Trinity School of Durham and Chapel Hill
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FALL 2014

Political Reconciliation: An Ethic for Contemporary Global Politics
Daniel Philpott, Professor of Political Science and Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame
October 29, 2014
Co-sponsored with Duke’s Program in American Grand Strategy


Distinguished Christian Scholar Lecture: Making Things: The Gift of Subcreation
Frederick P. Brooks, Jr., Kenan Professor in the Department of Computer Science at UNC-Chapel Hill
September 23, 2014
Co-sponsored with InterVarsity Graduate and Faculty Ministries at Duke and UNC



Playing God? – Medical Technology and the Future of Humanity</>
John Wyatt, Professor Emeritus of Ethics and Perinatology, University College London
April 23, 2014


And the Truth Shall Make You Free: Religious Persecution, National Security, and Christian Liberty
William Inboden, Executive Director of the William P. Clements, Jr. Center for History, Strategy, and Statecraft at the University of Texas-Austin
March 31, 2014
Co-sponsored by Duke’s program in American Grand Strategy


Are We Merely Machines? An MIT Professor’s Look at Humanity, Technology, and God
Rosalind W. Picard, Founder and Director of the Affective Computing Research Group at the MIT Media Laboratory
January 29, 2014
Co-sponsored by The Veritas Forum and Duke campus ministries
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FALL 2013

Seeking Justice for the Poor in a Broken World
Holly Burkhalter, VP of Government Relations & Advocacy, International Justice Mission
October 24, 2013
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Three Arguments for the Dependence of Morality and Human Dignity upon Religion
John Hare, Professor of Philosophical Theology, Yale Divinity School
September 26, 2013
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Living Faith: Everyday Religion and Mothers in Poverty
Susan Sullivan, Assistant Professor of Sociology, College of the Holy Cross
September 19, 2013
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