Miller Learning Center, Room 248

"Augustine on Love, Conflict and the Goods We Hold in Common" will be presented by visiting scholar Richard B. Miller. Richard B. Miller is the Laura Spelman Rockefeller Professor of Religious Ethics at the University of Chicago Divinity School. Professor Miller’s research interests include religion and public life, political and social ethics, theory and method in religious thought and ethics, and practical ethics. Author of several books, his recent book, Friends and Other Strangers: Studies in Religion, Ethics, and Culture, seeks to chart and expand the field of religious ethics by exploring the implications of taking a cultural turn in the humanities and social sciences (Columbia University Press, 2016). He is currently at work on two research projects: a critical monograph on the ethics of religious studies, and an intellectual history of “nature” in early modern and modern critical discourses about religion.

The Religion and the Common Good Seminar is an interdisciplinary initiative that builds on existing networks between faculty, students, community members, and other professionals with research, teaching, and service interests in religion’s contribution to the common good.  The seminar explores the ways religious communities reach beyond the bounds of their own community to benefit people of other faiths or of no particular faith, what constitutes the common good from a religious faith perspective, differences between religions in approaching various common goods, how religions prevent or promote common goods within society or segments of society, religious teachings and practices that motivate members to seek the good of others, and inter-religious service for the common good.

The Religion and the Common Good Seminar is presented by the department of religion with support from the Willson Center. For more information, visit:…