21st Annual Bonhoeffer Lectures in Public Ethics: Everyday Ethics for Exceptional Times

BonhoefferFor the first time, the international Bonhoeffer Lectures in Public Ethics will be held at Southern Methodist University and the Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum in Dallas, TX, on May 19-21, 2022. The theme of the Lectures is “Everyday Ethics for Exceptional Times.”

We hope you'll join us for one or all of these sessions over the course of three days in Dallas. More than 15 internationally-renowned scholars will meet to consider not only larger questions of morality related to the timely issues of the modern state and medical institutions, but also those timeless questions of everyday ethics emphasized by Dietrich Bonhoeffer such as family, church politics, money, and human flourishing.


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About the Lectures

Rotating annually between the United States and Germany, and originally conceived as part of the Bonhoeffer Chair program at Union Theological Seminary in New York City, the Bonhoeffer Lectures in Public Ethics are one of the most important parts of the life of the Bonhoeffer societies worldwide.

Event Schedule

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Thursday, May 19

"An Overview of the Mandates and Everyday Life"

5:00 - 6:00 pm cocktails | 7:00 pm program
Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum | 300 N Houston St, Dallas TX 75202

Friday, May 20

The Modern State: Moral Problems and Promises

9:00 - 10:45 am
SMU Dallas Hall, McCord Auditorium (3rd floor) | 3225 University Blvd, Dallas TX 75205

  • Introduction by Rita Kirk, William F. May Endowed Director of the Cary M. Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility at SMU
  • Robin Lovin (SMU University Chair in Ethics Emeritus)
  • Esther Reed (University of Exeter)

Break

11:00 am - 12:30 pm
SMU Dallas Hall, McCord Auditorium (3rd floor)

Lunch Break

 

2:00 - 3:30 pm
SMU Fondren Science building, Room 133 | 3215 Daniel Ave, Dallas TX 75205

 

7:00 - 8:30 pm | Evening plenary lecture
SMU Dallas Hall, McCord Auditorium (3rd floor)

  • American Academy of Religion President Marla Frederick (Emory University's Candler School of Theology) and a response from Erica Ramirez (Auburn Seminary)

Saturday, May 21

The Church, Medical Institutions, and Everyday Life

9:00 - 12:00 pm | Southern Methodist University Campus

 

2022 Sponsors

This year’s Lectures are generously sponsored by Auburn Seminary, the Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum, Faith Commons, Perkins School of Theology, the Cary M. Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility at Southern Methodist University, the Northern Texas - Northern Louisiana Synod, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, the Luther Center of North Texas, Cynthia and David Krause, and the Mr. and Mrs. Philip Ritter Charitable Fund.