Bonhoeffer Lectures in Public Ethics

The Lectures are held in North America and Germany in alternating years, with a pause in the year when the International Bonhoeffer Congress is held.

21st Annual Bonhoeffer Lectures in Public Ethics (May 2022)

Everyday Ethics for Exceptional Times May 19-22, 2022 For the first time, the international Bonhoeffer Lectures in Public Ethics will be held at Southern Methodist University and the Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum in Dallas, TX. Plenary speakers: Robin Lovin (SMU University Chair in Ethics Emeritus)Esther Reed (University of Exeter)Charles Mathewes (University of Virginia)Mary Ellen O’Connell (University of [...]

20th Annual Bonhoeffer Lectures in Public Ethics (May 2019)

Advocacy and Resistance in a Divided Time May 31-June 1, 2019 McCormick Theological Seminary, Chicago, Illinois The 20th Annual Bonhoeffer Lectures in Public Ethics featured keynote speakers the Rev. Dr. William J. Barber and Rev. Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove. Drawing on their extensive experience building movements for social change, these speakers addressed the pressing issues of our diverse [...]

19th Annual Bonhoeffer Lectures in Public Ethics (April 2017) 

RE-FORMING THE CHURCH OF THE FUTURE: BONHOEFFER, LUTHER, PUBLIC ETHICS Union Theological Seminary, New York, New York April 7-8, 2017 As this year is the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Protestant Reformation in Germany, the Bonhoeffer Lectures will be Union’s major celebration of that event. The lectures are co-sponsored by Union’s Bonhoeffer Chair of Theology [...]

13th Annual Dietrich Bonhoeffer Lectures in Public Ethics (October 2009)

Genocide: Past and Present October 8­ – 10, 2009 Minneapolis, Minnesota Keynote speaker was retired Canadian Gen. Romeo Dallaire, force commander of the U.N. mission to Rwanda in 1993 and 1994, a period when nearly 1 million people were slaughtered. Other speakers included Suzanne Koepplinger, executive director of the Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center; Mark [...]




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