Week Two :: July 1–July 8

Interfaith Lecture Theme :: Celebrating the Genius and Soul of a Nation 

Alexis de Tocqueville said, "The greatness of America lies not in being more enlightened than any other nation, but rather in her ability to repair her faults." Today, global and national events challenge us to initiate introspection, self-analysis, and repair, all while celebrating the greatness of our democracy.  In this week of observing our nation’s birthday we will seek to discern the genius and soul of the nation, and ask how they may be authentically embodied and celebrated.  

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2 p.m. Lectures


  • Tuesday, July 04, 2017 | 02:00pm

    Ambassador James A. Joseph

    Location: Hall of Philosophy

    Ambassador James A. Joseph is professor emeritus of the practice of public policy at the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University. He is also leader in residence for the Hart Leadership Program and founder of the United States – Southern Africa Center for Leadership and Public Values...



  • Wednesday, July 05, 2017 | 02:00pm

    Rabbi Arthur Waskow

    Location: Hall of Philosophy

    Rabbi Arthur Waskow, Ph.D., founded (1983) and directs The Shalom Center. In 2014 he received the Lifetime Achievement Award as a Human Rights Hero from T’ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights, and in 2015 the Forward named him one of the “most inspiring” Rabbis.



  • Friday, July 07, 2017 | 02:00pm

    E.J. Dionne Jr.

    Location: Hall of Philosophy

    E.J. Dionne Jr. is a senior fellow at The Brookings Institution and University Professor in the Foundations of Democracy and Culture at Georgetown University, where he teaches in the McCourt School of Public Policy and the Government Department. He has been writing a column for The Washington Post since 1993.