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

Andrew Solomon
Writer and lecturer on politics, culture and psychology
Radical Compassion

Carrie Newcomer, Parker J. Palmer, and Gary Walters
What We Need Is Here: Hope, Hard Times, and the Human Possibility

Krista Tippett
Public radio show host, author, journalist
The Adventure of Civility

Dr. Paul Farmer
Medical anthropologist and physician
To Heal the World

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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