2019-2020 Visiting Experts:
Dean Lawrence Edward Carter, Sr.
In the Legacy of Gandhi & King: The Baptist Preacher's Buddhist Teacher (watch video)
Lawrence Edward Carter, Sr. — founding dean of Martin Luther King International Chapel at Morehouse Colle— discusses the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Mahatma Gandhi as well as his new book The Baptist Preacher's Buddhist Teacher.
Dr. Moshe Y. Vardi
The Hungarian Holocaust (watch video)
Moshe Y Vardi — a University Professor and the George Distinguished Service Professor in Computational Engineering at Rice University — discusses the Hungarian Holocaust, of which both his parents were survivors, as well as its aftermath.
2018-2019 Visiting Experts:
Dr. Seyyed Hossein Nasr
Dr. Seyyed Hossein Nasr on Role of Thinking in Islam: Past, Present, and Future (read the interview)
Seyyed Hossein Nasr — a prominent Islamic philosopher and one of the most important and foremost scholars of Islamic, Religious and Comparative Studies — discusses his insights on Islam and the modern world, his criticism of and solutions to Western approaches, importance of traditionalism, the role of thinking in Islam, and his own personal search.
Dr. John Esposito
The Challenges to Pluralism Today (listen to interview)
Dr. John Esposito - Professor of International Affairs and Religion at Georgetown University and Director of their Bridge Initiative, that connects the academic study of Islamophobia with the public square - discusses his insights on Pluralism, Globalization, Religious Fundamentalism, Islam, the Media, Journalism, and Media Bubbles. This interview was conducted by Sahil Badruddin and published for the Boniuk Institute in May of 2019.
Jeremy Waldron and Jonathan Turley
Hate Speech and the 1st Amendment (watch video)
Should hate speech receive the same constitutional protection as other speech? Should the US regulate hate speech? Should we try to balance the harms of hate speech and the harms to free speech? How should we define hate speech?
Rice University’s Boniuk Institute presents distinguished 1st Amendment scholars Jeremy Waldron and Jonathan Turley as they discuss these questions in a dialogue moderated by Rice University President David Leebron.
City of Gods
Scholar Scott Hanson will explore both the possibilities and limitations of America's contemporary religious diversity.
Past Experts have Included:
The Spiritual Child (watch video)
Psychologist Lisa Miller presented a workshop open to parents, educators and teens which addressed the link between spirituality and adolescent health
Women's Education and Empowerment
Former First Lady of the United Kingdom, Chancellor of the Asian University for Women, and Founder for the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women addressed women's education and empowerement as part of the Women's Leadership Series.
Religion and Diplomacy
US Special Representative for Religion and Global Affairs Shaun Casey discussed the importance of religion and diplomacy in the US State Department's foreign policy strategy.
Revolution in Syria and Iraq
United Nations refugee expert Wa'el Alzayat spoke about the growing crisis in Iraq and Syria.
Passion, Reason & Religion: Forming Positive Identities from Cradle to College (watch video)
Parenting expert Dr. Sylvia Rimm explaned how reason and religion provide balance to passion in helping youth discover their unique ways to leave our world a better place.
Tolerance as Political Philosophy
Scholar Ranier Forst exploree the tension over the meaning of tolerance - a political concept developed by minds such as John Locke.