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Generous gifts make it possible for the Ecumenical Institute of Theology to sponsor the following lectureships:

The Dunning Memorial Lecture
Each fall a distinguished theologian is invited to deliver an address at St. Mary's under the auspices of the Ecumenical Institute. Past Dunning lecturers have included Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Taylor Branch, Monika Hellwig, Geoffrey Wainright, Walter Brueggemann, Richard B. Hays, the late Jaroslav Pelikan, Stanley Hauerwas, Bishop N.T. Wright, and James D.G. Dunn.

The Jewish Chautauqua Society Lectureship
Generous support from the Yale Gordon Trust through the Jewish Chautauqua Society supports the teaching of courses in Jewish studies at the Ecumenical Institute.

The Van Hunter Lectureship
This lectureship for courses in Hebrew Bible and language honors the memory of Rev. Dr. A. Vanlier ("Van") Hunter and was endowed by his students, friends, and colleagues. A distinguished churchman and a professor at St. Mary's for 20 years, Van was Associate Dean of the Ecumenical Institute of Theology until his death in 1992.

Distinguished Faculty Lectureships
The Ecumenical Institute Endowment Fund supports the appointments of distinguished faculty lecturers annually. Recipients of these awards are honored for outstanding teaching and contributions to the academic program of the Ecumenical Institute. The fund also provides for several permanent distinguished lecturers.  Currently, Dr. Stephen Vicchio, Rev. Dr. Tony Hunt, Dr. Brian Berry and Dr. Pat Fosarelli are the permanent distinguished lecturers. Past permanent Dunning Lecturers include Fr. Philip Keane, S.S. and Dr. Olin Moyd who died in 2005.

Occasional Lectures and Symposia
From time to time, the Ecumenical Institute of Theology sponsors other public lectures on a variety of topics. Special lecturers have included Bruce Metzger and Christopher Rowland. Symposia have been held on such topics as the church in the modern world, religion and violence, and the war in Iraq.

The John Carroll Lecture on Religion and Society
In addition to lectures sponsored by the Ecumenical Institute of Theology, each spring St. Mary's Seminary and University also holds the annual John Carroll Lecture, honoring the memory of the first Roman Catholic Bishop of Baltimore, at whose initiation St. Mary's was founded in 1791. The lecture is dedicated to advancing greater understanding of the place and role of religion in human society. Past lecturers have included Robert Wuthnow, Rev. Bryan Hehir, Peter Berger, Margaret O'Brien Steinfels, R. Scott Appleby, Cyprian Davis, O.S.B., and Leon Kass.

Faculty Speakers Service
Many members of the Ecumenical Institute faculty give lectures and other presentations on a wide variety of theological and ethical topics at area churches, schools, colleges, and community agencies. The Faculty Speakers Service links the community to appropriate faculty resources. A brochure and further information may be obtained from the Ecumenical Institute Office of Recruitment and Communication at 410/864-4204.