Speaker:Richard Dawkins, Charles Simonyi Chair of Public Understanding of Science, Oxford University
Summary by Ian MacMullen, Edmond J. Safra Graduate Fellow in Ethics
With Harvard's Lowell Lecture Hall full to overflowing, Professor Richard Dawkins opened the first of two Tanner Lectures by observing that the widespread prevalence of religion is a puzzle for Darwinians. Religious behavior, viewed from the perspective of evolutionary theory, appears wasteful, a case of "Baroque uselessness." Many precious...
Starr Auditorium, Belfer Building, Kennedy School of Government
Speaker:J. Bryan Hehir, President, Catholic Charities USA and Distinguished Professor of Ethics and International Affairs, Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University
Summary by Kyla Ebels Duggan, Edmund J. Safra Fellow in Ethics
Father Bryan Hehir began his lecture by announcing three ambitious purposes: to examine the development and content of the just war theory, to assess its implications in our current context, especially with respect to the conflict in...
Speaker: Simon Schama, University Professor, Columbia University Moderator: Mark Kishlansky, Frank Baird Professor of History, Harvard University Commentator: K. Anthony Appiah, Professor of African-American Studies and of Philosophy, Harvard University
Speaker:J. Bryan Hehir, President, Catholic Charities USA and Distinguished Professor of Ethics and International Affairs, Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University Panelist: Amy Gutmann, Provost; Laurance S. Rockefeller Professor of Politics; former Director, University Center for Human Values, Princeton University Panelist: Michael McConnell, Presidential Professor of Law, The College of Law, University of Utah
Speaker: Wolf Lepenies, Rektor of the German Institute for Advanced Study, Berlin Moderator: Maria Tatar, John L. Loeb Professor of Germanic Languages and Literature, Harvard University Commentator: Stanley Hoffmann, Douglas Dillon Professor of the Civilization of France; Chairman, Center for European Studies; Paul and Catherine Buttenwieser University Professor, Harvard University