Conversations in Christ

Joseph J. Naples Conversations in Christ & Culture Lecture and Performance Series


James K.A. Smith

Augustine our Contemporary: A Saint for a Secular Age

Thursday, February 21, 2019
Richard E. Winter ’42 Student Center
Grupp Fireside Lounge
7:30 PM 

James K.A. Smith is professor of philosophy at Calvin College where he holds the Gary & Henrietta Byker Chair in Applied Reformed Theology & Worldview. The award-winning author of Who’s Afraid of Postmodernism? and Desiring the Kingdom, his recent books include How (Not) To Be Secular: Reading Charles Taylor (2014),You Are What You Love: The Spiritual Power of Habit (2016), and Awaiting the King: Reforming  Public Theology (2017). His popular writing has appeared in magazines such as Christianity Today, Books & Culture, and First Things and periodicals such as the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today. Smith is also a Senior Fellow of Cardus and serves as editor of Comment magazine. For more information, visit

Elizabeth Bruenig

Forgiveness in Exile: Living a Faith of Mercy in an Unjust World

Monday, March 11, 2019
Richard E. Winter ’42 Student Center
Grupp Fireside Lounge
7:30 PM

Elizabeth Bruenig is an opinion columnist at The Washington Post, where she writes on Christianity, politics, and public life. Previously, she was an editor for the Post’s Outlook and PostEverything sections, and a staff writer at The New Republic. She received her MPhil in Christian theology at the University of Cambridge, where she studied as a Marshall Scholar. Her essays and reviews have appeared in The Nation, The Atlantic, The Boston Review, Jacobin Magazine, First Things, and many more. She lives with her husband and daughter in Washington D.C. 

Conversations in Christ & Culture: Past Speakers
  • 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