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Greg Epstein in conversation with Bill Moyers

Wednesday, July 12, 2017
02:00pm

Location Hall of Philosophy

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Greg M. Epstein has been serving as the Humanist Chaplain at Harvard University since 2005, and is author of the New York Times Bestselling book, Good without God: What a Billion Nonreligious People Do Believe. He recently served as Vice-President of the 36-member corps Harvard Chaplains, and is currently a member of Boston Mayor Martin Walsh’s inaugural Interfaith Advisory Task Force. A frequently quoted expert on Humanism and community for the nonreligious, Greg’s work has been widely discussed in the national and international media, including the New York Times, CNN, the Boston Globe, and on dozens of radio programs.

In 2005 Greg received ordination as a Humanist Rabbi from the International Institute for Secular Humanistic Judaism, where he studied in Jerusalem and Michigan for five years. He holds a BA (Religion and Chinese) and an MA (Judaic Studies) from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and a Master of Theological Studies from the Harvard Divinity School.

Greg is also the Executive Director of the Humanist Community at Harvard and its Humanist Hub, the first-ever Center for Humanist Life on a University Campus. He has helped establish similar organizations at Yale, Stanford, and other universities, and is currently writing a second book, on the worldwide movement to build inspiring communities for the nonreligious, for Simon and Schuster. For his work pioneering that movement, he received the Humanist Visionary Award from the Foundation beyond Belief in 2013.

He has also served as technical advisor to “The Inclusive America Project,” an initiative of the Aspen Institute co-chaired by former US Secretary of State, Madeleine Albright. From 2007-2010 he chaired the Advisory Board of the national umbrella organization the Secular Student Alliance. Most recently he has enjoyed a very different advisory experience: filling the role of “Spiritual Advisor” on the popular new reality television show “Married at First Sight,” now going into its fourth season on the A&E Network.

In a development unrelated to his TV show about weddings, which premiered in July 2014, Greg and his wife Jackie were married in June 2014. They live in Cambridge, MA. 

Follow Greg on Facebook at facebook.com/gepstein and on Twitter at twitter.com/gregmepstein.


A broadcast journalist for more than four decades, Bill Moyers has been recognized as one of the unique voices of our times, one that resonates with multiple generations. With his wife and creative partner, Judith Davidson Moyers, Bill Moyers has produced such groundbreaking public affairs series as NOW with Bill Moyers (2002-2005), Bill Moyers Journal (2007-2010) and Moyers & Company (2011-2015). Since the company’s founding in 1986, other notable productions have included the landmark 1988 series, Joseph Campbell and the Power of Myth, as well as Healing and the MindThe Language of LifeGenesisOn Our Own Terms: Moyers on Dying, Moyers on Addiction: Close to HomeAmerica’s First RiverBecoming American: The Chinese ExperienceFaith & Reason, and Moyers on America.

Moyers began his journalism career at age 16 as a cub reporter for his hometown daily newspaper in Marshall, Texas. He was a founding organizer and deputy director of the Peace Corps and special assistant to President Lyndon B. Johnson. Moyers served as Johnson’s press secretary from 1965 to 1967.

As publisher of Newsday from 1967 to 1970, Moyers brought aboard writers including Pete Hamill, Daniel Patrick Moynihan, and Saul Bellow, and led the paper to two Pulitzer Prizes. In 1976, he was the senior correspondent for the distinguished documentary series CBS Reports and later a senior news analyst for The CBS Evening News.

For his work, Bill Moyers has received more than 30 Emmys, two prestigious Alfred I. Dupont-Columbia University Awards, nine Peabodys, and three George Polk Awards. In the first year it was bestowed, Moyers received the prestigious Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts by the American Film Institute. A Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, he also received the Career Achievement Award from the International Documentary Association and has been honored by the Television Critics Association for outstanding career achievement.

Moyers was elected to the Television Hall of Fame in 1995. A year later he received the Charles Frankel Prize (now the National Humanities Medal) from the National Endowment for the Humanities “for outstanding contributions to American cultural life.” In 2005, he received the PEN USA Courageous Advocacy Award for his passionate, outspoken commitment to freedom of speech and his dedication to journalistic integrity. He has also been honored with the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences’ Lifetime Achievement Award.

The Museum of Broadcast Communications calls Moyers, “One of the few broadcast journalists who might be said to approach the stature of Edward R. Murrow. If Murrow founded broadcast journalism, Moyers significantly extended its traditions.”

Moyers’ books include such bestsellers as Listening to AmericaThe Power of MythHealing and the MindThe Language of LifeMoyers on America: A Journalist and His Times, and Moyers on Democracy. His most recent book, Bill Moyers Journal: The Conversation Continues, was published in May 2011. He currently serves as president of the Schumann Media Center, a non-profit organization that supports independent journalism.

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