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Annual Brady Lecture Series,2014

April 28, May 1, 5


John Evans Alumni Center 1800 Sheridan Road

Covetousness and Capitalism - Brady Lecture Series

Distinguished Visiting Professor

Steven Kelts




April 28

Enclosure, Inprovement and Agricultural Commerce int he 17th Century

May 1

"Something new, profitable and of value to mankind"

The Country Response to Financial Innovation

May 5

Revolutionary Republican, Republican Revolutionary







The Department of Classics in Weinberg College of Arts & Sciences and the Alumnae of Northwestern University present

Elliniko Theatro’s
Socrates Now

A theatrical recreation of Plato’s Apology of Socrates with Emmy Award winner Yannis Simonides.

Performed over 300 times in 15 countries, this one-man show brings Socrates’ brilliance, humor

and arrogance to life. The event includes a post-performance open discussion. Free and open to

the public.

Thursday, December 5, 2013 | 7:00 pm
Josephine Louis Theater

Northwestern University
20 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston, Illinois

Additional sponsors: Department of Political Science | Brady Scholars Program in Ethics and

Civic Life | Department of Philosophy | Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities Workshop in Classical Receptions | Graduate Classics Cluster | Nicholas D. Chabraja Center for Historical Studies



Annual Brady Lecture Series, 2013

May 6, 9, 13


John Evans Alumni Center 1800 Sheridan Road


Distinguished Visiting Professor

Andrea Westlund



The Autobiographical Perspective

Self-Governance and Self-Care

Who Do We Think We Are?

These lectures explore the role of autobiographical story-telling in our moral lives, with a focus on questions

of self-understanding,personal autonomy, and moral transformation.








Annual Brady Lecture Series, 2012

Brady Distinguished Visiting Professor, Erna Smith, presented two University-wide lectures to the community

"What Color is the News?  Journalism, Ethics and Race in a Digital Age"


Erna Smith has taught journalism since 1989 and has been a professor of professional practice at the University of Southern California's Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism since 2008. She directs the college's graduate internship program in Cape Town, South Africa. Prior to coming to Annenberg, Smith chaired the journalism department at San Francisco State University and was senior director of its Center for Integration and Improvement of Journalism. She worked

for 15 years as a reporter, editor and copy editor at several newspapers, including the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the Minneapolis Star and The Wall Street Journal.



On Tuesday, May 8, Professor Erna Smith before discussed

TV news coverage of the 1992 civil unrest in Los Angeles




On Wednesday, May 9, "Framing Race in the Digital Age: The Shooting of Trayvon Martin"







Annual Brady Lecture Series, 2011

Brady Distinguished Visiting Professor, Paul Lauritzen

"Professional Responsibility in an Age of Terror"


Professor Lauritzen examined the debates among various professional groups about the

proper role professionals should play in the war on terror. 


"Students, Inmates and the Impulse to Change the World"

Wednesday, November 3, 5:00 - 6:30

McCormick Tribune Center

Professor Michael DeWilde
Director of Community Working Classics
College Students Offer Intensive, Introductory Level College Courses in the Liberal Arts to Prison Inmates

"When we talk, I discover I can travel out of prison, sometimes even out of America. The fullness of our conversation is the road out of prison, the road back home."

Terrence, former Muskegon Correctional Facility inmate



This departure from the traditional classroom, 'working with a population students ordinarily know little about, raises questions usually encountered only casually and theoretically in the university:

       Why are people poor?  Incarcerated?

       What is the relation of education - especially the humanities - to justice?  To


       What is the proper balance between individual rights and the individual's   

       responsibility to address, or promote, the common good?

       Why does race seem to play such a big role in our work?

       How much power do we have to change societal conditions we find disturbing?

       Are the humanities as fundamental to a notion of "the good life" as we've been


       What don't we know about how other people live and work and think, that we   


Michael DeWilde is Director of both the Business Ethics Center and the Community Working Classics program at Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, MI. He is also an Associate Professor of Philosophy. The Community Working Classics program, which brings courses in the humanities to inmates and Job Corps residents, received the 2002 national award for *Excellence and Innovation in Philosophy Programs* from the American Philosophical Association. From 2005-2007 it was the recipient of a major grant from the Kellogg Foundation, as well. Prof. DeWilde's latest article, published in the July 2010 issue of Philosophical Practice is titled "Art, Aristotle, and Ambiguity: Notes from an Accidental Consultant." For many years, he has consulted with West Michigan businesses around issues of values clarification, conflict resolution, and change management. His work has been featured in the New York Times and Inc. Magazine, among other places. His teaching was recognized with a Pew Teaching Excellence award in 2007. He holds degrees from Harvard University and Grand Valley State University.


Annual Brady Lecture Series, 2010

Brady Distinguished Visiting Professor, Robert Audi

"Democratic Authority and the Separation of Church and State"







"The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks"

Rebecca Skloot

Wednesday, March 10, 2010


On Wednesday, March 10, the Center for Bioethics, Science and Society in collaboration with African American Studies, The Brady Program, The Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities, Medical Humanities and Bioethics Program and Science in Human Culture hosted best selling author, Rebecca Skloot to present "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks", which the New York Times called “A thorny and provocative book about cancer, racism, scientific ethics and crippling poverty".  After reading excerpts from her book, Ms. Skloot joined Dr. Celeste Watkins-Hayes, Northwestern University Associate Professor of African American Studies and Sociology, to discuss the story of the life of an "unwitting donor" of HeLa cells.






Rebecca Skloot takes questions from the audience




Interdisciplinary Conversations:

Psychology & Religion

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

The second of three panel discussions took place Wednesday, March 3 at the McCormick Tribune Center Forum.  Dan McAdams, Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychology at Northwestern University and James W. Jones, Rutgers University Professor of Religion specializing in Psychology and Religion, were joined by professors in Northwestern's Department of Religious Studies, Christine Helmer, Christian Theology; Robert Orsi, Grace Craddock Nagle Chair in Catholic Studies; George Bond, Department Chair and Professor of Religion, specializing in Buddhist studies and the history of religion.



Interdisciplinary Conversations:

Moral Philosophy and Religious Studies

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

The first in a series of panel discussions of interdisciplinary conversations, sponsored by the Department of Religious Studies and the Brady Program in Ethics and Civic Life, was held Wednesday, November 4, 2009 at the John Evans Alumni Center. 

Panelists included Robert Audi, David E. Gallo Chair in Ethics, and Professor of Philosophy at the University of Notre Dame, and Brady Distingished Visiting Professor 2009 - 2010;  Sondra Wheeler, Martha Ashby Carr Professor of Christian Ethics, Wesley Theological Seminary, Washington, D.C., and Brady Visiting Research Professor 2009 - 2010; and Cristina Traina, Associate Professor of Religious Studies, Northwestern University.  The discussion was moderated by Laurie Zoloth, Director of the Center for Bioethics, Science, and Society, and Professor of Medical Ethics and Humanities, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, Professor of Religion and Director of the Brady Scholars Program in Ethics and Civic Life, Northwestern University.



           Panelists Sondra Wheeler, Robert Audi, and Cristina Traina           



                                         Moderator, Laurie Zoloth

"We believe that interdisciplinary work is one of the best features of life at Northwestern, our determination to include the widest possible set of speech partners in the social conversation at the heart of our academic community.  We need to hear one another's arguments, both as scholars and as citizens, we need to learn, and being teachers, we always hope to teach."




                   Sondra Wheeler responds to questions from the audience





    Christine Helmer, Department of Religious Studies, continues the conversation   

    with students



                 George Bond, Chair of the Department of Religious Studies

                with Sandy Goldberg, Chair of the Department of Philosophy








Wednesday, May 12, 2010, 3:30 pm - 5 pm

John Evans Alumni Center

1800 Sheridan Road, Evanston

David Cella

Chair, Department of Medical Social Sciences, Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Feinberg School of Medicine - Northwestern University

Robert Orsi

Professor of Religion, Grace Craddock Nagle Chair in Catholic Studies, Northwestern University

Laurie Zoloth

Director of the Center for Bioethics, Science, and Society, and Professor of Medical Ethics and Humanities, Feinberg School of Medicine - Northwestern University, Professor of Religion and Director of the Brady Scholars Program in Ethics and Civic Life, Northwestern University