2004 – 2005

September 8

Gillian Martin Sorensen, Lecture: “The U.S. and the U.N.: Can this Marriage Be Saved?”
Victoria Hall, Santa Barbara

The long “marriage” of the U.S. and the U.N. is rocky. The partnership is strained by differences of view on many issues-war and peace, human rights and health, army control and terrorism. How do we reestablish the constructive, committed, active leadership role the U.S. played for decades? What’s at stake if we don’t? What do we gain if we do-in security, respect, and support from the rest of the world? (#9180)
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September 23

Jean Bethke Elshtain, Lecture: “Contemporary American Politics: The Ethical Divide”
Victoria Hall, Santa Barbara

Jean Elshtain explores the connections and divide between our political and ethical convictions. (#9083)
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October 7

Seymour Hersh, Lecture: “Investigating the War on Terrorism: Abu Ghraib and the Underside of the Conflict in Iraq,”
UCSB Campbell Hall
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December 12

Harvey Cox , Lecture: “When Jesus Came to Harvard: Making Moral Choices Today”
Victoria Hall,  Santa Barbara

For fifteen years Harvey Cox taught a course called “Jesus and the Moral Life” to undergraduates at Harvard. The course was consistently ranked as one of the most popular, often enrolling over 1000 students a semester. The overwhelming response was a clear signal of the hunger for guidance in today’s confusing world, where moral guidelines seem to shift daily. In his book, Cox translates the method and messages of the Rabbi of Nazareth into today’s idiom. Cox shows how he extrapolates answers from Jesus’ parables and bridges the gap between the ancient and modern worlds. Sponsored by the Walter H. Capps Center at UCSB. (#9343)
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January 25

Diana L. Eck and Wade Clark Roof, Interview: “Growing Diversity of Religious Thought in America,”
UCSB Kerr Hall

Diana L. Eck is Professor of Comparative Religion and Indian Studies at Harvard University and the author of “New Religions in America.” Professor Eck is interviewed by Professor Wade Clark Roof, Director of the Walter H. Capps Center for the Study of Ethics, Religion and Public Life at UC Santa Barbara. Their conversation centers on the growing diversity of religious thought in America and the impact that this is having on American culture and society. (#9411)
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April 14

Martin E. Marty, Lecture: “Mapping American Spiritualities”
Victoria Hall in Santa Barbara

In this inaugural event in the Martin E. Marty Lectureship on Religion in American Life at the University of California, Santa Barbara, Professor Marty provides a map for those who wish to increase their understanding of the various spiritualities available in America today. He probes what people mean when they identify themselves as spiritual, and explores some of the wildly disparate options and competitive offerings on the ‘spirituality’ front. Martin E. Marty is widely regarded as the most prominent interpreter of American religion and culture today. (#9528)
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May 16

Quang X. Pham, Lecture: “Thirty Years After Vietnam: Myths, Lessons, and Closure”
UCSB Humanities and Social Sciences Building

Quang X. Pham is the author of the memoir, “A Sense Of Duty: My Father, My American Journey.” Through events in his father’s life and his own experiences as a refugee, and later U.S. Marine, he explores the relationship of America and Vietnam and the lasting effects of that war. From the Walter H. Capps Center for the Study of Ethics, Religion and Public Life at UC Santa Barbara. (#9864)
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