Public Life|Personal Faith

Public Life | Personal Faith Colloquium, Luncheon, and Lecture

The Public Life|Personal Faith series, inaugurated in 2010, is a fundraising and outreach event of Perkins School of Theology in service to the larger community. The lecture and colloquium provide an opportunity for participants to engage scholars on topics related to why and how personal faith shapes public life. “We are called to know, love, and serve God and neighbor in our daily lives through sharing the Gospel of truth, mercy, justice, and love,” explains Dr. John Martin, director of development at Perkins. “Personal faith has practical consequences for the way we think, speak, make choices, and live our public lives.” This luncheon also serves as a major fundraiser for the Center for Religious Leadership, one of the important programs at Perkins. 

More  about the 2016 event: 

The Bolin Family 2016 Public Life | Personal Faith Colloquium, Luncheon, and Lecture, hosted by Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University, will feature Mr. Taylor Branch, for a lecture and colloquium on Friday, February 12. Mr. Branch is an American author and public speaker best known for his landmark trilogy on the civil rights era, America in the King Years. He has returned to civil rights history in his latest book, The King Years: Historic Moments in the Civil Rights Movement (2013). He will be addressing the topic, "How Spiritual Faith Impacted the Civil Rights Movement in America." Aside from writing, Taylor speaks before a wide variety of audiences. He began his career as a magazine journalist for The Washington Monthly in 1970, moving later to Harper's and Esquire. He lives in Baltimore, Maryland. 


The Colloquium, which is free and open to the public, will be held from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. in the Great Hall of Elizabeth Perkins Prothro Hall, 5901 Bishop Boulevard, on the SMU campus. The colloquium offers a time for informal remarks from the speakers as well as Q&A from students, faculty members, and other attendees.

Reservations are required for the Luncheon and Lecture, which will be held from 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. in the Martha Proctor Mack Grand Ballroom, Umphrey Lee Center, 3300 Dyer Street, on the SMU campus. Sponsorship opportunities and individual tickets are now available.

The Public Life | Personal Faith event is sponsored for the fourth consecutive year by the family of Pat and Jane Bolin. Pat Bolin, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer at EagleCorp and Eagle Oil & Gas Co. in Dallas, is a graduate of Southern Methodist University (B.A.’73) and 2010 recipient of the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the SMU Cox School of Business.