June 5, 2017 | Jean Porter, "What should we fear? Courage and cowardice in public life"


Moral theologian Jean Porter will give the talk "What should we fear? Courage and cowardice in public life" on Monday, June 5, 2017 at 7pm in the Swift Hall 3rd Floor Lecture Hall at the University of Chicago. An audience Q & A will be followed by a reception in the Swift Hall Common Room.

This talk is free and open to the public. Registration is required.

The talk and Q&A will be livestreamed here at 7pm central time.


Jean Porter is the John A. O’Brien Professor of Theological Ethics at the University of Notre Dame. Her research focuses on the moral theory of Thomas Aquinas, seen in the context of his scholastic interlocutors, on the one hand, and contemporary moral philosophy and theology, on the other. She has written on scholastic theories of natural law, Thomisitc virtue theory, and philosophical and theological views on legal theory. She is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a past President of the Society of Christian Ethics. She is a scholar with the project Virtue, Happiness, & the Meaning of Life. Read more about Jean Porter here.

This event is made possible by a generous grant from the John Templeton Foundation, and is the keynote for our June 2017 working group meeting. Thank you to our co-sponsors, the University of Chicago Divinity School, Martin Marty Center, and Lumen Chrisit Institute.

Swift Hall is located centrally in the Quadrangle of the University of Chicago. You may find this UChicago interactive map useful as you plan your visit.

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RSVP here.

If you need assistance in order to fully participate in this event, contact Valerie Wallace, Associate Director, Communications at vwallace@uchicago.edu.

Photo of St. Peter's Square in Vatican City by Sarah Tarno.