Interfaith Lecture Series

Interfaith Lecture Series

2 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

    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 University of St. Andrews, and the University of Notre Dame. ...

  • Fenggang Yang

    Episode 2

    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. He was elected and served as the President of the Society fo...

  • Robin R. Wang

    Episode 3

    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 research center on Chinese and Comparative Philosophy, particularly o...

  • Rev. Dr. Katharine Rhodes Henderson

    Episode 4

    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 God’s Troublemakers: How Women of Faith are Changing the Wor...

  • Anthony B. Pinn

    Episode 5

    Anthony B. Pinn is the Agnes Cullen Arnold Professor of Humanities and professor of religion at Rice University. He is also Professor Extraordinaius at the University of South Africa. Dr. Pinn is the founding director of the Center for Engaged Research and Collaborative Learning, and the inaugu...

  • Gary Laderman

    Episode 6

    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 is his area, and he does very interesting work on contemporary...

  • Dr. Robert Michael Franklin, Jr

    Episode 7

    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 Professor in Moral Leadership there as well. Previously servi...

  • Eboo Patel

    Episode 8

    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, civic engagement, and the intersection of racial equity and i...

  • Michael Martin

    Episode 9

    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 Ontario, but was born and raised in Buffalo, New York, and curr...

  • Gary Phillip Zola

    Episode 10

    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 Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) in ...

  • Michael Krasny

    Episode 11

    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 Healing.

    A scholar and Professor of English Language and Lite...

  • Leighann Lord

    Episode 12

    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 can’t afford to live in Brooklyn), but she IS coming to Chautau...

  • Benji Lovitt

    Episode 13

    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 14

    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 for the common good.

    Brian is a faculty member of The Livin...

  • Joan Chittister

    Episode 15

    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 global community. Courageous, passionate, and charged with ener...

  • Benjamin M. Friedman

    Episode 16

    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, published by Knopf in January 2021, is Religion and the Rise of Capi...

  • Ross Douthat

    Episode 17

    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.

    He is the author of The Deep Places: A Memoir of Illness and Dis...

  • Ori Z. Soltes

    Episode 18

    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 this inner reality is the basis of most religions but remains...

  • Dr. Bruce Greyson

    Episode 19

    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.

    Dr. Greyson was a co-founder and President of the Internation...

  • Mirabai Starr

    Episode 20

    Mirabai Starr, who has lived her life immersed in the world of spirituality, will provide the perfect voice and insight to complete the week’s focus on The Human Soul: Our Ineffable Mystery.
    An award-winning author of creative non-fiction and contemporary translations of sacred literature, Mirab...