2007 – 2008

March 22

The War Machine in America
The Rev. Dr. George F. Regas is Rector Emeritus of All Saints Episcopal Church in Pasadena, California and Executive Director of the Regas Institute. As a spiritual progressive who believes passionately that religious communities must stop blessing war and violence, Regas examines the war machine and American exceptionalism that fuels much of the U.S. foreign policy today. (#12994)

April 22

U.S. Intelligence, 9/11, and Iraq: A Whistleblower’s Story

Veteran FBI staff attorney Coleen Rowley details how the FBI dismissed reports from her office that may have led the Bureau to the center of Al Qaeda’s 9/11 plot. (#15113)

May 17

Religion in American Politics: Too Much or Too Little?

Rabbi Michael Lerner, an outspoken advocate of religious pluralism, and Michael Novak, a Roman Catholic social theorist and director of Social and Political Studies at the American Enterprise Institute debate the place of religion in American politics. (#13170)

September 5

Abraham’s Quest: The Common Link Between Judaism, Christianity, And Islam in the Journey Towards Peace

Acknowledged as the common patriarch of Judaism, Christianity and Islam, Abraham links these three cultures throughout the Middle East. William Ury, co-founder and director of the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School, explores ways that programs like the Abraham Path Initiative, which he chairs, can serve as a bridge to a lasting peace in the Middle East and how the story of Abraham has the power to inspire cross-cultural exchange and mutual understanding. (#14354)

September 18

Ann Hastings: Eradicating Global Poverty: Is it Really Achievable

Anne Hastings, Executive Director of Fonkoze, Haiti’s largest microfinance institution, has searched the globe for a solution to the problem of extreme poverty. In countries as far apart as Bangladesh and Haiti efforts to combat even the most extreme types of poverty are now proving effective at relatively little cost per family. Based on her review of experimental and innovative approaches worldwide, Hastings describes the role that microfinance, education, health care, and case management play in eradicating poverty. (#14219)

October 30

The Gospel of Cesar Chavez: My Faith in Action

Mario T. Garcia, author of several books on Mexican American leaders, is the editor of the recently released collection of César Chávez’s reflections on a variety of spiritual topics such as the power of faith, self-sacrifice, nonviolence, social justices, fasting, and pilgrimage. A panel discussion follows introductory remarks. (#14358)

November 18

Lynn Hunt: Inventing Human Rights

Lynn Hunt, UCLA Professor of Modern European History, discusses the genesis of human rights, a concept that only came to the forefront during the eighteenth century. When the American Declaration of Independence declared all men are created equal and the French proclaimed the Declaration of the Rights of Man during their revolution, they were bringing a new guarantee into the world. But why then? How did such a revelation come to pass? (#14182)

December 2

Time for a Course Correction: American Foreign Policy After Iraq

Lee Hamilton, co-chair of the Iraq Study Group and the 9/11 Commission, discusses how America can accomplish its goals in the world while recognizing the limitations of our power. (#14357)

March 16

The Book of Revelation

Elaine Pagels examines the Book of Revelation and asks questions about its origin and importance. Who wrote the Book of Revelation, when, and why? What other “books of revelation”–Jewish and Christian–were written at the time but left out of the Bible? What accounts for the enduring appeal of this book during the past 2000 years, and even today? (#15114)

April 26

Coming Home: Walter Capps’ Vietnam Class Reunion

Walter Capps’ legendary course, “The Impact of the Vietnam War on American Religion and Culture,” was first taught in 1978, was regularly attended by 900 UCSB undergraduates, and was featured three times on CBS’s 60 Minutes. The still popular course has been taught since 1995 by Richard Hecht, Department of Religious Studies, UCSB who will moderate this Vietnam class reunion. (#15108)

April 29

Henry A. Schimberg

Henry A. Schimberg, former CEO of Coca-Cola, discusses the ethical and moral responsibilities of companies and corporate culture. (#15109)

May 8

Jeffrey Sachs

Jeffrey Sachs says high ethical standards within the business and corporate sector are critical not just in some narrow sense but for maintaining a good and just society. (#15110)

May 9

Exploring the Contributions of Walter Capps to the Study of Religion: Religious Studies; International Politics

As a professor of religious studies at the UC Santa Barbara for more than three decades, Walter Capps influenced thousands of students. Many went on to careers in teaching and research and carried his legacy into their own work. Robert Orsi, of Northwestern University, speaks on Capps’ contribution to the ethos and ethics of religious studies; and Giles Gunn, Professor of English and of Global and International Studies, UC Santa Barbara, looks at international politics. (#14967)

May 10

Exploring the Contributions of Walter Capps to the Study of Religion: Vietnam War; Congress

As a professor of religious studies at the UC Santa Barbara for more than three decades, Walter Capps influenced thousands of students. Many went on to careers in teaching and research and carried his legacy into their own work. Richard Hecht, Professor of Religious Studies, UC Santa Barbara, addresses the impact of the Vietnam War, and Edward Linenthal, Professor of History, Indiana University and editor of the Journal of American History, speaks about Capps and Congress. (#14968)

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May 13

Alyce Faye Eichelberger

Alyce Faye Eichelberger discusses her life and travels. (#15111)

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June 1

Faith Informing Politics: Pitfalls and Promise

While religious conservatives sometimes claim the banner of faith-based politics for themselves, Congressman David Price (D-NC) explores the religious and moral roots of politics across the left-right spectrum. He focuses on the passion and conviction that faith brings to politics, the constraints on power (political and otherwise) it inspires, and the theologically-based humility that tempers our engagement. (#15131)

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