Justice Education

Greg Jones and Clayton Spencer
Greg Jones & Clayton Spencer

On May 13, 2024, we hosted a conversation on purpose with Belmont University president Greg Jones and former Bates College president Clayton Spencer.

Parker Palmer
Parker Palmer

On April 15, 2024, Parker Palmer discussed education and vocation. Parker Palmer is a bestselling author, an activist, and an educator.

Sarah Schnitker
Sarah Schnitker

Sarah Schnitker, Associate Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience and Director of the Science of Virtues lab at Baylor University, discussed the relationship between the virtues of patience and courage as they relate to pursuing justice.

Ricardo Nuila
Ricardo Nuila

On February 26, 2024, physician and author Ricardo Nuila discussed Hope & Peril in American Medicine.

Roosevelt Montas
Roosevelt Montás

On January 22, 2024, Roosevelt Montás, professor, author and Director of the Freedom and Citizenship Program at Columbia University, discussed Freedom, Citizenship and Liberal Learning.

John Silvanus Wilson
John Silvanus Wilson

On November 13, 2023, former Morehouse College president John Silvanus Wilson discussed Universities, Democracy & Lessons from HBCUs.

Rana Awdish
Rana Awdish

On September 28, 2023, Rana Awdish, MD gave the opening keynote at the Virtues & Vocations workshop, “From Pre-Health to Profession: Medicine for Flourishing.” Dr. Awdish spoke on Healing with Intention. To access a password to view this recording, please contact Erin Miller at

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Laurie Patton
Laurie Patton

On September 18, 2023, Middlebury President Laurie Patton discussed The Higher Calling of Education.

Brandon Vaidyanathan, Lydia Dugdale, and Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove
Hope, Human Flourishing, and Higher Education

On August 28, 2023, we hosted a panel discussion on hope with Lydia S. Dugdale, MD, Professor of Medicine and Director of the Center for Clinical Medical Ethics at Columbia University; Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove, Assistant Director at Yale University’s Center for Public Theology and Public Policy; and Brandon Vaidyanathan, Catholic University of America sociology professor and founder of Beauty at Work.

Nii Addy
Nii Addy

On May 22, 2023, Nii Addy, Associate Professor of Psychiatry and of Cellular and Molecular Physiology and Director of Scientist Diversity and Inclusion at Yale School of Medicine discussed Mental Health & Human Flourishing.

Dave Evans

On April 17, 2023, Dave Evans, co-founder of the Stanford Life Design Lab, co-founder of Electronic Arts and co-author of the #1 New York Times-bestselling book Designing Your Life discussed how students and professionals can pursue purpose in their lives and work.

Karen Bohlin

On March 20, 2023, Karen Bohlin, educator and senior scholar at Boston University’s Center for Character and Social Responsibility, joined us for a conversation on Educating for Character: Why Practical Wisdom Matters.

Margaret Plews-Ogan, MD

On February 13, 2023 professor of medicine at UVA Health Margaret Plews-Ogan, MD joined us for a conversation about “Wisdom & Medicine.”

Michael Lamb

On January 30, 2023, Michael Lamb, author and executive director of the program for leadership & character at Wake Forest University, joined us for a conversation on Hope & Character.

Anika Prather

On December 5, 2022, educator and author Anika Prather, PhD, discussed “Education & Liberation.”

Stephen Trzeciak, MD

On November 7, 2022, Stephen Trzeciak, MD, co-author of Compassionomics and Wonder Drug, joined us to discuss compassion and medicine.

Brandon Vaidyanathan

On October 10, 2022 Sociology professor Brandon Vaidyanathan discussed his “Beauty at Work” project and how beauty is relevant to things like science, justice, morality, food, faith, work, and other aspects of our lives.

James Ryan

On September 26, 2022 University of Virginia President James Ryan discussed “Character, Higher Education & Democracy.”

Zena Hitz

On May 16, 2022 St. John’s Tutor and author of Lost in Thought, Zena Hitz, joined us to discuss “educating for flourishing.”

Taya Cohen

On April 25, 2022 Carnegie Mellon University Tepper School of Business Associate Professor Taya Cohen discussed “Honesty and Moral Character at Work.”

Rosalyn Berne

On March 21, Rosalyn Berne, UVA Professor and Director of the Online Ethics Center, discussed Ethics Education for Engineers.

Victor Montori

On February 28, Victor Montori, Professor of Medicine at the Mayo Clinic, the author of the book Why We Revolt discussed “Careful and Kind Care in Medicine.”

Mary Gentile

On January 31, 2022 at noon, Darden Professor Mary Gentile discussed “Giving Voice to Values.”

John Inazu

On December 13, 2021 at noon, Washington University at St. Louis Professor of Law & Religion, John Inazu, discussed “Pluralism & the Purpose of Higher Education.”

Howard Gardner

On November 29, 2021 at noon, Harvard Graduate School of Education Professor, Howard Gardner, discussed the question “What is Good Work?”

Samantha Boardman

On October 25, 2021 at noon, psychiatrist and author of Everyday Vitality, Samantha Boardman, discussed “Human Flourishing & Everyday Vitality.”

Katy Milkman

On September 20, 2021 at noon, Wharton Business School Professor and Co-Director of the Behavior Change for Good Initiative, Katy Milkman, discussed her book, How to Change, and how it connects with virtue and higher education.

Nicki Washington

On May 25, 2021, Duke University Computer Science Professor Nicki Washington discussed the importance of cultural competence in computer science. “Why should computer science care about identity?”

Gilda Barabino

On May 18, 2021, Olin College President Gilda Barabino discussed engineering education: “How can engineering create cultures of belonging?”

Bill Damon

On May 11, 2021, Bill Damon, Stanford University Professor of Education and author of The Path to Purpose, discussed the connection between purpose and character: “What is the Connection between Purpose and Character?”

Barry Schwartz

On May 4, 2021, Barry Schwartz, professor of psychology and author of books such as Practical Wisdom and Why We Work discussed the the need for practical wisdom and how it can be cultivated in higher education: “How can higher education cultivate practical wisdom?”

Johann Neem

On April 27, 2021, Johann Neem, professor of history at Western Washington University and author of several books on education discussed the purpose of colleges and universities: “What’s the Point of College?”

Erin Cech

On April 20, 2021, University of Michigan sociology professor Erin Cech discussed “the passion principle” and inequality in the workplace: “Does telling students to pursue their passion foster inequality?”

James Arthur

On April 13, 2021, James Arthur, Professor and Founding Director of the Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues, discussed contextualizing virtues in education: “How does the Jubilee Centre Contextualize Character Virtues?”

Father Greg Boyle

On April 6, 2021 Father Greg Boyle, Founder of Homeboy Industries and author of Tattoos on the Heart, discussed kinship and community: “What Does Kinship have to do with Good Work?”

Francis Su

On March 30, 2021Francis Su, Professor of Mathematics and author of Mathematics for Human Flourishing, discussed how studying math can cultivate character and flourishing: “What Does Math have to do with Character?”

Shoshana Zuboff

“What is the Moral Responsibility of Engineers?” – On March 23, 2021, Shoshana Zuboff, Harvard Business School Professor and author of The Age of Surveillance Capitalism, discussed moral responsibility in the digital age.

Rana Awdish
Dr. Rana Awdish

“What Makes a Good Doctor?” – On March 16, Dr. Rana Awdish, physician and author of In Shock discussed medicine and rethinking how we train doctors as part of the series Reimagining Education: Conversations on Character, Commitment & Community.

Anthony Jack

“Why Does Higher Education Struggle with its Commitment to Equity?” – On March 9, 2021, Anthony Jack, Harvard Professor of Education and author of The Privileged Poor: How Elite Colleges Are Failing Disadvantaged Students discussed equity and higher education.

Nathan Hatch, Robert Franklin, Jr., and Clayton Spencer

“Purpose and Character in Higher Education”– On February 3, 2021, Wake Forest University President Nathan Hatch, author and former Morehouse College President Robert Franklin, Jr., and Bates College President Clayton Spencer discussed the current state of higher education and their involvement in initiatives to make issues of purpose and character central to education.

Medicine Roundtable

On January 20, 2021, Virtues & Vocations hosted a meeting on character in medicine with Joseph Jackson, MD (Associate Dean in the Duke University School of Medicine and Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics) in conversation with Lydia Dugdale, MD, MAR (Professor of Medicine and Director, Columbia Center for Medical Ethics), Reeni Abraham, MD (Associate Professor of Medicine and Co-Director, Internal Medicine Clerkship, University of Texas – Southwestern Medical Center) and Andrea Leep Hunderfund, MD (Associate Professor of Neurology, Mayo Clinic).

Dr. Vivek Murthy

As part of the Good Reason: Purpose & Public Policy workshop at Duke University, Virtues & Vocations welcomed Dr. Vivek Murthy, the 19th Surgeon General of the United States, nominee to be the 21st Surgeon General and co-chair of President Biden’s COVID-19 Advisory Board. Dr. Murthy spoke on Character, Community, and Public Health.

Engineering Roundtable

On Nov 18, 2020, Virtues & Vocations hosted a meeting on character in engineering with Ravi Bellamkonda, the Vinik Dean of the Pratt School of Engineering at Duke University, Olga Pierrakos, the Founding Chair of the Department of Engineering at Wake Forest University, and Richard Miller, the Founding President of Olin College of Engineering.

Andrew Delbanco

“What is Higher Education For?”-  On Tuesday, September 22, 2020 Suzanne Shanahan, Nannerl O. Keohane Director of the Kenan Institute for Ethics and Associate Research Professor in Sociology and Andrew Delbanco had a conversation on Higher Education. Andrew Delbanco is a professor at Columbia University and president of the Teagle Foundation.

Tressie McMillan Cottom

On Tuesday, August 25, 2020, Tressie McMillan Cottom discussed Race & Purpose in Higher Education. Tressie McMillan Cottom is an associate professor at the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Information and Library Science, a senior research professor with the UNC Center for Information, Technology, and Public Life, and a faculty affiliate at Harvard University’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society. She is also the bestselling author of Thick: And Other Essays and Lower Ed: The Troubling Rise of For-Profit Colleges in the New Economy.

Elwood L. Robinson

On Tuesday August 18, 2020, Elwood L. Robinson, Chancellor of Winston Salem State University, discussed “Lessons from HBCUs on Cultivating Purpose & Community.”

Emily Esfahani Smith

On Tuesday August 4, 2020, Emily Esfahani Smith, journalist and author of The Power of Meaning discussed “Social Upheaval and the Search for Meaning & Purpose.”

Nancy Koehn

On Tuesday July 28, 2020, Nancy Koehn, a historian at the Harvard Business School and author of Forged in Crisis: The Power of Courageous Leadership in Turbulent Times discussed “Character & Leadership in a Crisis.”

Yuval Levin

On Tuesday July 21, 2020, Yuval Levin, Director of Social, Cultural, and Constitutional Studies at the American Enterprise Institute and bestselling author of the recent release A Time to Build: From Family and Community to Congress and the Campus, How Recommitting to Our Institutions Can Revive the American Dream discussed “Why Institutions Matter for our Future.”

Angela Duckworth

On July 9, 2020, Angela Duckworth, Founder & CEO of Character Lab, Professor of Psychology at Penn, and bestselling author of Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance discussed “Cultivating Resilience for the Road Ahead.”