Interfaith Lecture Series

Interfaith Lecture Series

3 Seasons

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.

About Chautauqua Institution: Chautauqua Institution is a community on the shores of Chautauqua Lake in southwestern New York state that comes alive each summer with a unique mix of fine and performing arts, lectures, interfaith worship and programs, and recreational activities. As a community, we celebrate, encourage and study the arts and treat them as integral to all of learning, and we convene the critical conversations of the day to advance understanding through civil dialogue. CHQ Assembly is the online expression of Chautauqua Institution's mission.

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Interfaith Lecture Series
  • Kelly James Clark

    Episode 1

    Originally broadcast at 1:00 p.m. ET Monday, June 28, 2021.

    Kelly James Clark, Ph.D. (University of Notre Dame), is former Senior Research Fellow at the Kaufman Interfaith Institute at Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, MI. He has held visiting appointments at Oxford University, the ...

  • Fenggang Yang

    Episode 2

    Originally broadcast at 1:00 p.m. ET Tuesday, June 29, 2021.

    Fenggang Yang is Professor of Sociology and the founding Director of the Center on Religion and the Global East at Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, as well as the founding Editor of the Review of Religion and Chinese Society...

  • Robin R. Wang

    Episode 3

    Originally broadcast at 1:00 p.m. ET Wednesday, June 30, 2021.

    Robin R. Wang is Professor of Philosophy at Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, and The Berggruen Fellow (2016-17) at The Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (CASBS), Stanford University. Her teaching and resea...

  • Rev. Dr. Katharine Rhodes Henderson

    Episode 4

    Originally broadcast at 1:00 p.m. ET Monday, July 5, 2021.

    The Rev. Dr. Katharine Rhodes Henderson is president of Auburn Seminary, a multi-faith leadership development and research institute that has become an essential institution in advancing the multi-faith movements for justice.

    Author of ...

  • Margarita Simon Guillory

    Episode 5

    Originally broadcast at 1 p.m. ET Tuesday, July 6, 2021.

    Margarita Simon Guillory is well engaged in envisioning the future of religion in America. Associate Professor of Religion and African American Studies at Boston University, where she teaches American religious history, digital religion, a...

  • Gary Laderman

    Episode 6

    Originally broadcast at 1:00 p.m. ET Wednesday, July 7, 2021.

    Gary Laderman, the Goodrich C. White Professor of American Religious History and Cultures at Emory University, has been described as “an exceptional speaker: lively, informed, and made for Chautauqua! The Future of Religion in America...

  • Dr. Robert Michael Franklin, Jr

    Episode 7

    Originally broadcast at 1:00 p.m. ET Monday, July 12, 2021.

    Dr. Robert Michael Franklin, Jr. is President-Emeritus of Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA, having served there from 2007 to 2012. Currently a Senior Advisor to the President of Emory University, he is the James T. and Berta R. Laney P...

  • Heather McGhee

    Episode 8

    Originally broadcast at 1:00 p.m. ET Tuesday, July 13, 2021.

    Heather McGhee has devoted her life to the focus of our Week Three theme: The Ethical Foundations of a Fully Functioning Society. Heather designs and promotes solutions to inequality in America, and her most recent book, The Sum of U...

  • Cherie Harder

    Episode 9

    Originally broadcast at 1:00 p.m. ET Wednesday, July 14, 2021.

    Cherie Harder serves as President of the Trinity Forum. Prior to joining the Trinity Forum in 2008, Ms. Harder served in the White House as Special Assistant to the President and Director of Policy and Projects for First Lady Laura ...

  • Eboo Patel

    Episode 10

    Originally broadcast at 1:00 p.m. ET Monday, July 19, 2021.

    Dr. Eboo Patel is the Founder and President of Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC), a non-profit organization working to make interfaith cooperation a social norm in America. He is a respected leader on national issues of religious diversity, ...

  • Michael Martin

    Episode 11

    Originally broadcast at 1:00 p.m. ET Tuesday, July 20, 2021.

    Michael Martin is the executive Director of the Native American Community Services of Erie and Niagara Counties, Inc. He is an Onondaga of the Beaver Clan (Haudenosaunee) from the Six Nations of the Grand River territory in Southern O...

  • Gary Phillip Zola

    Episode 12

    Originally broadcast at 1:00 p.m. ET Wednesday, July 21, 2021.

    Gary Phillip Zola is the Executive Director of The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives (AJA) and the Edward M. Ackerman Family Distinguished Professor of the American Jewish Experience & Reform Jewish History at...

  • Michael Krasny

    Episode 13

    Originally broadcast at 1:00 p.m. ET Monday, July 26, 2021.

    Michael Krasny Ph.D. is well-known and well-loved for his signature and captivating sense of humor, a gift that has defined and blessed his illustrious career. He is delighted to be leading the Interfaith Week’s focus on Laughter as He...

  • Leighann Lord

    Episode 14

    Originally broadcast at 1:00 p.m. ET Tuesday, July 27, 2021.

    Leighann Lord has been a stand-up comedian for 25 years (she says she started when was 10), and Comedy has literally taken her around the world and back again, from Baghdad to Brooklyn (she just kids about Brooklyn, ‘cause she really c...

  • Benji Lovitt

    Episode 15

    Originally broadcast at 1:00 p.m. ET Wednesday, July 28, 2021.

    The Department of Religion is pleased to announce that Benji Lovitt will present the Interfaith Lecture on Wednesday, July 28, during Week Five focusing on the theme The Authentic Comedic Voice: Truth Born of Struggle: ...

  • Brian D. McLaren

    Episode 16

    Originally broadcast at 1:00 p.m. ET Monday, August 2, 2021.

    Brian D. McLaren is an author, speaker, activist, and public theologian. A former college English teacher and pastor, he is a passionate advocate for “a new kind of Christianity” – just, generous, and working with people of all faiths...

  • Edgar Rodriguez

    Episode 17

    Originally broadcast at 1:00 p.m. ET Tuesday, August 3, 2021.

    Edgar Rodriguez serves concurrently as Police Chief of Moville Police Department and lead Pastor of New Hope Evangelical church in Moville, Iowa. In both vocations he embodies the best for what can be expected and hoped.

    Born in Pie...

  • Jose Arellano and Steve Avalos

    Episode 18

    Originally broadcast at 1:00 p.m. ET Wednesday, August 4, 2021.

    Jose Arellano was born in Duarte, CA, just east of Los Angeles. Growing up, he and his family moved around Los Angeles County a lot. Jose enjoyed and excelled in school and was placed in the Gifted and Talented Education Program at ...

  • Buffalo Day

    Episode 19

    Originally broadcast at 3:00 p.m. ET Friday August 6, 2021.

    12th Annual Buffalo Day at Chautauqua "Building a Culture of Empathy: From Franciscan Spirituality to Schweitzer"s 'Reverence for Life' Ethic"

    This interfaith conversation features panelists Fr. Jud Weiksnar, OFM pastor at Ss. Columba...

  • Joan Chittister

    Episode 20

    Originally broadcast at 1:00 p.m. ET Monday August 9, 2021.

    Joan Chittister is one of the most articulate social analyst and influential religious leaders of this age. For over 40 years she has dedicated herself to advocating for universal recognition of the critical questions impacting the glo...

  • Benjamin M. Friedman

    Episode 21

    Originally broadcast at 1:00 p.m. ET Tuesday August 10, 2021.

    Benjamin M. Friedman is the William Joseph Maier Professor of Political Economy, and formerly Chairman of the Department of Economics, at Harvard University. He joined the Harvard faculty in 1972.

    Mr. Friedman’s newest book, publi...

  • Ross Douthat

    Episode 22

    Originally broadcast at 1:00 p.m. ET Wednesday August 11, 2021.

    Ross Douthat joined The New York Times as an Op-Ed columnist in April 2009. His column appears every Tuesday and Sunday. Previously, he was a senior editor at The Atlantic and a blogger on its website.

  • Ori Z. Soltes

    Episode 23

    Originally broadcast at 1:00 p.m. ET Monday August 16, 2021.

    Most people sense and recognize another dimension beyond the physical plane of our existence and call the personal inner reality that this dimension connotes the human “soul,” known also as the “Spirit” or “Life Force.” Recognition of...

  • Dr. Bruce Greyson

    Episode 24

    Originally broadcast at 1:00 p.m. ET Tuesday, August 17, 2021.

    Dr. Bruce Greyson is Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences at the University of Virginia School of Medicine. He served on the medical school faculty at the Universities of Michigan, Connecticut, and Virginia....