The Rev. Michael C. McFarland, S.J. Center for Religion, Ethics and Culture sponsors and supports programming that explores basic human questions of meaning, morality, and mutual obligation. Following the principle that faith and learning are partners in liberal education, the McFarland Center's programs foster dialogue that respects differences and provide a forum for intellectual exchange that is interreligious as well as interdisciplinary, intercultural, and international in scope.
Spring 2014 Events
Check out our calendar of free public lectures and learning opportunities for students and faculty. Celebrated Italian writer, feminist and activist Dacia Maraini discusses her recent book on "Clare of Assisi: In Praise of Disobedience"; sociologist Lisa Dodson talks about American poverty and a moral underground; American legal scholar and theologian Cathleen Kaveny considers the right and wrong way to deliver prophetic rhetoric in the public square; distinguished Harvard Divinity professor Elizabeth Schüssler Fiorenza muses on the Apocalypse — and much more!
Watch online! Former President of Ireland Calls for a 'Listening Church'
Mary McAleese, the popular former president of Ireland from 1997 to 2011, draws on her personal and religious history, her experience governing, and her study of canon (church) law to make the case for a change in the governance of the Catholic Church.
Browse our video collection
Most of the McFarland Center's programs are video or audio recorded and made available online within a few days. Browse our catalog of recordings under "Listen and Learn" and check out our new site on iTunes U, featuring themed collections of our most popular talks.