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Evening Conversations in Washington, DC

"The Moral Sense in Politics and Policy"

Trinity Forum


In partnership with the Trinity Forum, the School of Public Policy hosts "Evening Conversations" that highlight the intersection of faith and public policy, held at The National Press Club in the nation's capital.

As the School of Public Policy continues to expand its presence in Washington, DC, in Spring 2013, the School of Public Policy and the Trinity Forum announced a four-part lecture series to formally continue the "Evening Conversations" with a series entitled, "The Moral Sense in Politics and Policy." The series brings distinguished scholars, writers, and practitioners to discuss topics pertaining to faith and the public square.

Date Evening Conversation Speaker Media
October 30, 2023 The Unlikely Heroism of Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain

Ronald C. White, author and historian

Unlikely Heroism Event Video 
May 7, 2021 Lincoln in Private: Leadership Behind Closed Doors, with Dr. Ron White

Dr. Ron White, Author, Historian, and Trinity Forum Senior Fellow

Lincoln in Private Video
April 9, 2021 All the Lonely People: isolation, connection, & the Common Good

Ryan Streeter, Director of Domestic Policy Studies, American Enterprise Institute
Francie Broghammer, Resident Physician, UC Irvine Medical Center

All the Lonely People Video
August 28, 2020 Engaging Politics with Love and Truth

Justin Giboney, Executive Director for the AND campaign
Shirley Hoogstra, President of the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities

Engaging Politics Video
May 15, 2020  "Calling & Community in a Post-Pandemic World"

Os Guinness, Author 

Calling & Community Video
May 8, 2020  "Leadership in Tumultuous Times"

Ronald C. White, Author and Historian

Leadership in Tumultuous Video
March 10, 2020 "The Decadent Society"

Ross Douthat, New York Times Columnists

Discount Code: PEPPERDINE
Ticket Cost: $15.00 
Decadent Society Video
February 20, 2019 "Alienated America" Journalist Tim Carney and The Trinity Forum's Anne Snyder
Alienated America Video
December 11, 2018 "Faithful Friendship Amidst Difference" Senator Tim Scott and Congressman Trey Gowdy
Faithful Friendship Video
May 7, 2018 "Has Liberalism Failed?" David Brooks, columnist for the New York Times and Patrick Deneen, Associate Professor of Political Science and the David A. Potenziani Memorial Chair of Constitutional Studies at the University of Notre Dame 
Has Liberalism Failed Video
December 4, 2017 "Reforming Public Theology" James K. A. Smith, author and professor of philosophy and Gary and Henrietta Byker Chair in Applied Reformed Theology and Worldview, Calvin College

Michael Wear, founder of Public Square Strategies LLC
Reforming Public Theology Video
March 15, 2017 "The Benedict Option: A Strategy for Christians in a Post-Christian Nation" Rod Dreher, journalist Benedict Option Video
October 4, 2016 "American Ulysses: A Life of Ulysses S. Grant" Ronald C. White, author and historian American Ulysses Video
March 2, 2016 "Strong and Weak: Embracing a Life of Love, Risk and True Flourishing" Andy Crouch, author No Longer Available
June 30, 2015 "A Hobbit, A Wardrobe, and A Great War: How World War 1 Inspired J. R. R. Tolkien and C. S. Lewis to Recover Heroism, Friendship, and Faith for the Modern Age" Joe Loconte, associate professor of history, The King's College; former Distinguished Visiting Professor, Pepperdine University No Longer Available
February 25, 2014 "Presentation on his book, The Locust Effect: Why the End of Poverty Requires the End of Violence" Gary Haugen, president and CEO, International Justice Mission No longer available
October 17, 2013 "Presentation on his book, Playing God: Redeeming the Gift of Power" Andy Crouch, author No longer available
March 28, 2013 "The Strange Persistence of Guilt in a Post-Religious World: How it Affects our Public Life, and What We Can Do About It" Bill McClay, Senior Fellow, Trinity Forum; widely acclaimed expert on American intellectual and cultural history; 2009-2010 William E. Simon Distinguished Visiting Professor, Pepperdine University No longer available
September 18, 2012 "Presentation on his book, A Free People's Suicide: Sustainable Freedom and the American Future" Os Guinness, author; social critic; founding Senior Fellow, Trinity Forum No longer available
April 17, 2012 "Presentation on his book, Bad Religion: How We Became a Nation of Heretics" Ross Douthat, op-ed columnist for the New York Times; former senior editor at the Atlantic C-SPAN Bed Religion Video