All lectures are free and open to the public, and several present opportunities for interaction with the speakers following their presentations. The series is celebrating its tenth year.
Patrick Carolan, executive director of the Franciscans Action Network, opened the series on Thursday, September 26, with a speech titled "Why Climate Change Should be a Moral Issue for People of Faith." Carolan’s speech was co-sponsored by Hoosier Environmental Council and Center for Interfaith Cooperation.
For those who enjoy political debate, the three-part series titled “American Foreign Policy and Global Leadership in an Age of Partisan Division” that runs from October-December will be of particular interest. Brian Hook, former assistant secretary of state for international organizations (G.W. Bush administration) and former senior foreign policy advisor for Mitt Romney’s 2012 presidential campaign, kicks things off on October 24 with “A Republican Perspective on Obama’s Foreign Policy.”
Next up is Rep. Lee Hamilton, director for the Center on Congress at Indiana University and vice-chair of the 9/11 Commission, addressing “The Challenges to American Foreign Policy” on November 12. Sen. Richard G. Lugar closes the series on December 8 with his annual Global Series address, “An Evolution of American Foreign Policy: Where Do We Go Now?”
“The tenth year of our Global Studies Speaker Series has something for everyone,” Pierre Atlas, Ph.D., associate professor of Political Science and director of The Richard G. Lugar Franciscan Center for Global Studies at Marian University, said. “We have a great mix of politics, the arts, and religious and social issues.”
The series continues on January 29, when world-renowned pianist and composer Dejan Lazic speaks on the topic of “The Global Life of a Modern Musician” Mr. Lazic’s appearance is co-sponsored by the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra.
On February 25, a panel discussion about “Bioethics and Global Health: Challenges for the 21st Century” will feature Jason T. Eberl, Ph.D, Semler Endowed Chair for Medical Ethics at Marian University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine, Eric M. Meslin, Ph.D., Director of the Center for Bioethics at Indiana University’s School of Medicine, and Luann E. Van Campen, Ph.D., Senior Advisor and Head of Bioethics Program for Eli Lilly and Company.
Carolyn Woo, president and CEO of Catholic Relief Services, presents March 25 on “God, Neighbor, Self.” Her speech is co-sponsored by Catholic Relief Services. This marks the eighth consecutive year that Catholic Relief Series has partnered with the Marian University Global Speaker Series.
Archbishop Joseph Tobin, Archdiocese of Indianapolis, wraps up the series on April 16 with a presentation entitled, “The Catholic Church: Catalyst for or Obstacle to a Better World?”. Archbishop Tobin’s speech is co-sponsored by the Archdiocese of Indianapolis.