Spring Mendenhall Lecturer is Ethics Prof. John Roth
February 15, 2008
February 15, 2008, Greencastle, Ind. - John K. Roth, Robert and Carolyn Frederick Distinguished Visiting Professor of Ethics at DePauw, will present the University's Mendenhall Lecture on Tuesday, March 4. The topic of Dr. Roth's presentation, which is free and open to the public, is "What Else? Reflections on the Places of Religion and Ethics in the Church-Related College." The speech will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Gobin Memorial United Methodist Church.
Named the 1988 U.S. National Professor of the Year by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, John Roth is the Edward J. Sexton Professor of Philosophy at Claremont McKenna College, where he is the founding director of the Center for the Study of the Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights. He also serves on the faculty of Claremont Graduate University.
DePauw's Mendenhall Lectures, which were inaugurated in 1913, were endowed by the Reverend Doctor Marmaduke H. Mendenhall. His desire was to enable the University to bring to campus "persons of high and wide repute, of broad and varied scholarship" to address issues related to the academic dialogue concerning Christianity. Although Mendenhall was a pastor in the North Indiana Annual Conference of what was then called the Methodist Episcopal Church, one of the parents of the United Methodist Church, he explicity dictated that lectures be selected without regard to denominational divisions. The endowment has allowed DePauw to bring theological and religious scholars of international repute to campus for nearly a century.Back