Past Speakers

What kind of speakers does LSUS feature?

Our Programming Committee members tirelessly search for inspiring speakers to produce a thought-provoking set of programs each year. Illustrative of these is the following list of distinguished speakers and their topics who visited us during the 2014-2015 year.  

(Please see Service Schedule for the current season's speaker schedule.)

 

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Senator Daniel Biss  (Illinois State Senator, 9th District)

"What Has to Change to Enable More Bipartisanship at Both State and National Levels?"

 

Mr. Gabriel Halpern (Director of Yoga Circle)

"The Householder Life: Grace Under Fire"

 

Dr. Scott Paeth (Associate Professor of Religious Studies, Director, Center for Interreligious Engagement, DePaul University)

"The Roots of Unitarianism in the 4th Century"

"Religion, Realism and Ethics: Reinhold Niebuhr for the 21st Century"

 

Mr. Jim Kenney (Co-Founder and Director of Common Ground, Deerfield)

"Spirituality and/or Religion?"

 

Dr. Robert Farra (Director, Solutions for Depression and Anxiety, Dept. of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, NorthShore University Health System and Clinician Educator, Pritzker School of Medicine, University of Chicago)

"Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction"

 

Dr. Stephen Asma (Prof. of Philosophy and Distinguished Scholar, Columbia College Chicago)

"Chinese Democracy?"

"Capitalism in a Confucian Communist Context"

 

Ms. Paula Butturini (Author, Former Chicago Tribune and UPI Foreign Correspondent)

"Keeping the Feast: One Couple's Story of Love, Food, and Healing"

 

Mr. Ed Gogol (President, Hemlock Society of Illinois)

"Compassion at the End of Life: The Aid-in-Dying Movement"

 

Dr. Margaret Lee (Outgoing President, Oakton Community College)

"Democracy's Colleges: The Sustainable Alternative to Spiraling Costs in Higher Education"

 

Senator Biss

Senator Biss

Gabriel Halpern

Gabriel Halpern

Scott Paeth

Scott Paeth

Jim Kenney

Jim Kenney

Robert Farra

Robert Farra

Steve Asma

Steve Asma

Paula Butturini

Paula Butturini

Ed Gogol

Ed Gogol

Margaret Lee

Margaret Lee