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History

Beginning in 1987, the lecture has explored themes of commonality and difference between the Jewish and Christian traditions with leading scholars, writers, and theologians. Upon the 25th anniversary, this rich history of academic inquiry and spiritual exploration provided the backdrop to embark on a wider vision of conversations. In 2011, the lecture series was renamed the Weinstein-Rosenthal Forum on Faith, Ethics, and Global Society. As part of the new vision, the Forum was dedicated to furthering our engagement with global faith traditions and exploring how these traditions inform our understanding of the world around us.

The University is deeply grateful for the continued dedication of the Weinstein and Rosenthal families. We look forward to the dynamic conversations the Forum brings to our campus community each year.

Past Speakers

2015
Barbara Brown Taylor
Bestselling author, professor, and Episcopal priest
Learning to Walk in the Dark

2014
James Barrat
Documentary film producer
Our Final Invention: Artificial Intelligence and the End of the Human Era

2013
Dr. Michael Sandel
Harvard University
What Money Can't Buy: The Moral Limits of Markets

2012
Dr. John W. Kinney and The Rev. Benjamin P. Campbell
Virginia Union University and Richmond Hill
From Hurt to Healing: Forgiveness and Hope in Metropolitan Richmond

2011
Eboo Patel
Interfaith Youth Core
Acts of Faith: Interfaith Leadership in a Time of Global Religious Crisis

2010
Dr. Peter J. Gomes
Harvard Divinity School
Joy and Delight: A Biblical Vision of Human Sexuality

2009
Dr. Jon D. Levenson
Harvard Divinity School
The Binding of Isaac and the Crucifixion of Jesus

2008
Dr. Mary C. Boys
Union Theological Seminary in City of New York
Questions That Touch the Heart of our Faith: The Cross in Light of Jewish-Christian Dialogue

2007
Dr. Amy-Jill Levine
Vanderbilt University Divinity School
Hearing the Parables through Jewish Ears

2006
Dr. Marcus J. Borg
Oregon State University
Jesus: From Jewish Mystic to Christian Lord

2005
Rabbi Harold S. Kushner
Rabbi laureate of Temple Israel of Boston
What Adam and Eve Can Teach Judaism and Christianity

2004
Dr. Elaine Pagels
Princeton University
Beyond Belief: an Evening with Elaine Pagels

2003
Bruce Feiler
Author and commentator
Can We All Get Along? Building Bridges Among the Religions in the Twenty-First Century

2002
Dr. Charles A. Kimball
Wake Forest University
Claiming the Promises of God: Obstacles & Opportunities for Children of Abraham

2001
Rabbi Jonathan Pearl
Jewish Televimages Resource Center
Popular Television’s Jewish Images and Jewish-Christian Relations

2000
Martin Goldsmith
National Public Radio’s Performance Today
The Inextinguishable Symphony: A True Story of Music and Love in Nazi Germany

1999
Elie Wiesel
Holocaust survivor, Recipient of Nobel Peace Prize
Understanding Each Other

1998
Karen Armstrong
Former Catholic Nun, Religion scholar, Author
Jerusalem: Landscape and Memory

1997
Dr. Marc Saperstein
George Washington University
Jews and Christians: Intolerance and Creative Competition in the Middle Ages

1996
Dr. Martin E. Marty
University of Chicago
Jewish-Christian Relations: A Half-Century of Progress, Problems, and Promise

1995
Rabbi Burton L. Visotzky
The Jewish Theological Seminary of America
Jots and Tittles: Jewish and Christian Interpretation of Scripture

1994
Dr. Walter J. Harrelson
Wake Forest University
Christian Readings and Misreadings of Hebrew Scriptures

1993
Dr. Deborah E. Lipstadt
Emory University
Denying the Holocaust:: The Secret Assault on Truth and Memory

1992
The Right Reverend John S. Spong
Bishop, Episcopal Diocese of Newark
The Gospels as Examples of Christian Midrash

1991
Rabbi David N. Saperstein
Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism
Religion in American Public and Political Life

1990
Father Robert F. Drinan, S.J.
Georgetown University Law Center
Jewish and Christian Relationships in the 1990s

1989
Rabbi A. James Rudin
American Jewish Committee
The Jewish and Christian Stake in Religious Pluralism

1988
Dr. James A. Sanders
Ancient Biblical Manuscript Center for Preservation and Research at Claremont
One God and the Bible

1987
Dr. Michael J. Cook
Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion
Evolving Jewish Views of Jesus