Past Symposiums

2019: For the Common Good

Keynote Speaker: Marian Wright Edelman, founder and president of the Children’s Defense Fund

2018: Home

Keynote Speaker: Edwidge Danticat, activist and award-winning author.

2017: Slavery and Justice: from Antiquity to the Present

Keynote speaker: Kelly Brown Douglas, author of Stand Your Ground: Black Bodies and the Justice of God; Professor of Religion at Goucher College

2016: Image

Keynote Speaker: Mark Samels, executive producer of “American Experience,” PBS’s flagship history series

2015: Race in America

Keynote Speaker: Michele Norris, award-wining journalist; host and special correspondent for NPR

2014: Resilience, Sustainability and the Humanities: Re-Imagining the Future

Keynote Speaker: Majora Carter, urban revitalization strategist

2013: Wealth: The Promises and Perils of Abundance

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Geoffrey Galt Harpham, president and director of the National Humanities Center

2012: The Transforming Book

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Anthony Grafton, Henry Putnam University Professor at Princeton University, Fellow of the British Academy and President of the American Historical Association

2011: Friendship

Keynote Speaker: The Honorable James Leach, Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities

2010: Memory

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and Director of the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African American Research at Harvard University

2009: Faith and the Public Square

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Alan Wolfe. Director, Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life

2008: Eyes Wide Open: Engaging Technology with our Humanity

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Edward Tenner, noted scholar and writer on technology and culture

2007: Globalization

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Kent Hill, Senior Administrator of the Bureau of Global Health, US AID

2006: The Power of Human Imagination

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Wendy Wright, author and writer on spiritual formation

2005: E Pluribus unum or The Two Americas?

Keynote Speaker: David McCullough, celebrated American historian

2004: Culture, Community, and Belonging

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Jean Kilbourne, noted media critic

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