Week Eight :: August 10–16

Interfaith Lecture Theme :: The Power of Soft Power

Power is often conflated with might, but increasingly faith traditions, organizations, and individuals are promoting new paradigms for conflict transformation, understanding, and collaboration through shared visions and ideals, restorative practices, relationship-building, and rituals — all the components of soft power.  In this week we will learn from those who are utilizing and advocating for soft power for global peacemaking, reconciliation, and quality of life. 

2 p.m. Lectures

Interfaith Lectures

2 p.m., Monday-Thursday, Hall of Philosophy

The Interfaith Lecture Series is designed to present issues that impact the lived experience of everyday life from theological, religious, spiritual, ethical, and humanitarian perspectives.


  • Monday, August 12, 2019 | 02:00pm

    Bill Moyers

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    Bill Moyers has been recognized as one of the unique voices of our times.  His career in broadcast journalism has spanned five decades and earned him more than 36 Emmy Awards, nine Peabody Awards...

    Location: Hall of Philosophy


  • Wednesday, August 14, 2019 | 02:00pm

    Heather C. McGhee

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    Heather C. McGhee, former president of Demos, is now a Distinguished Senior Fellow there.  She joined Demos in 2002, serving as its president from 2014 through June, 2018.

    Location: Hall of Philosophy


  • Thursday, August 15, 2019 | 02:00pm

    Andrew J. Bacevich

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    Andrew J. Bacevich is professor of history and international relations emeritus at Boston University.  A graduate of the U. S. Military Academy, he served for twenty-three years as a commissioned officer in the United States Army. 

    Location: Hall of Philosophy


  • Friday, August 16, 2019 | 02:00pm

    Simran Jeet Singh

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    Dr. Simran Jeet Singh is an educator, writer, and activist who speaks regularly on issues of diversity, equity, race, and religion. Audiences are inspired by his hopeful vision for a more inclusive, peaceful world. 

    Location: Hall of Philosophy