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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
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

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

Os Guinness, Author 

May 8, 2020  "Leadership in Tumultuous Times"

Ronald C. White, Author and Historian

March 10, 2020 "The Decadent Society"

Ross Douthat, New York Times Columnists

Discount Code: PEPPERDINE
Ticket Cost: $15.00 
February 20, 2019 "Alienated America" Journalist Tim Carney and The Trinity Forum's Anne Snyder
December 11, 2018 "Faithful Friendship Amidst Difference" Senator Tim Scott and Congressman Trey Gowdy
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 
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
March 15, 2017 "The Benedict Option: A Strategy for Christians in a Post-Christian Nation" Rod Dreher, journalist Video
October 4, 2016 "American Ulysses: A Life of Ulysses S. Grant" Ronald C. White, author and historian  Video
March 2, 2016 "Strong and Weak: Embracing a Life of Love, Risk and True Flourishing" Andy Crouch, author  Video
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  Video
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 video