Conversations in Christ




Christian Smith Lecture: Why Believe in Universal Human Dignity? Rethinking the Concept for a Likely Dark Future 

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Tuesday, March 31, 2020
Richard E. Winter ’42 Student Center
Grupp Fireside Lounge
7:30 PM

Christian Smith is the William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Sociology and Director of the Global Religion Research Initiative at the University of Notre Dame. Smith is well known for his research focused on religion, adolescents and emerging adults, and social theory. Smith's books, Soul Searching, Souls in Transition, Youth Catholic America, and Lost in Transition, emphasize the interplay of broad cultural influences, family socialization, and religious motivations in forming the spiritual and life experiences and outcomes of American youth. Smith is a leading American theorist of the philosophy of critical realism and the social theory of personalism, which he addresses in such books as What is a Person?, Moral, Believing Animals, The Sacred Project of American Sociology, and To Flourish or Destruct. He has also written on secularism, atheism, and evangelicalism. 



Conversations in Christ & Culture: Past Speakers
  • Elizabeth Bruenig, opinion columnist at The Washington Post
  • James K.A. Smith, professor of philosophy and author
  • Margaret O’Brien Steinfels, writer and editor. 
  • David Bentley Hart, University of Cambridge
  • John F. Haught, PhD, Georgetown University’s Woodstock Theological Center
  • Peter C. Phan, PhD, Georgetown University
  • T. Frank Kennedy, SJ, Canisius Professor at Boston College
  • Brian D. McLaren is an author, speaker, activist and networker among innovative Christian leaders.
  • Fr. Dean Brackley, S.J., University of Central America in El Salvador
  • Lisa Sowle Cahill, Boston College
  • Rev. Francis Clooney, S.J, Harvard University
  • Dr. James Cone, Union Theological Seminary, NYC
  • Dr. Martin Cook, Air Force Academy, Boulder, CO
  • Dr. John Dominic Crossan, Depal University
  • Dr. Lawrence Cunningham, Notre Dame University
  • Avery Cardinal Dulles, S.J., Fordham University
  • Rabbi Elyse Goldstein, Kolel Center in Toronto
  • Joseph Grieboski, Institute on Religion and Public Policy
  • Dolores C. Huerta, Co-founder and Vice President Emeritus
  • Elizabeth Johnson, Fordham University
  • Gustav Niebuhr, Syracuse University
  • Rabbi David Novak, University of Toronto
  • Rev. Mitch Pacwa, S.J., Ignatius Productions
  • Rev. John Pawlikowski, University of Chicago
  • David Robinson, National Director Pax Christi
  • Dr. Ronald Sider, Palmer Theological Seminary
  • Linda E. Thomas, Lutheran School of Theology
  • George Weigel, Ethics and Policy Center Washington D.C.
  • Robert Wuthnow, Princeton University