Public Lectures

Generous gifts make it possible for St. Mary’s Ecumenical Institute to sponsor public lectures by well-known speakers.

The Dunning Memorial Lecture

Each fall a distinguished theologian is invited to deliver an address at St. Mary’s under the auspices of St. Mary’s 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, James D.G. Dunn, and Bishop Rowan Williams. For more information about the Dunning Lectures, including a list of past speakers and lecture titles, please click here.

The John Carroll Lecture on Religion and Society

In addition to lectures sponsored by St. Mary’s Ecumenical Institute, 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.

Occasional Lectures and Symposia

From time to time, St. Mary’s Ecumenical Institute sponsors other public lectures on a variety of topics. Special lecturers have included Bruce Metzger and Christopher Rowland. In fall 2018, the EI celebrated its Jubilee year with an Opening Convocation, which included a lecture by Pulitzer-prize winning historian, Taylor Branch.

Symposia have been held on such topics as the church in the modern world, religion and violence, and the war in Iraq.