Earl Lectures 2020

April 18, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Democracy Reimagined: Having a Say in Our Futures Conference & Alumni Awards Banquet

Join us for a transformative day as we engage the vital theme of democracy with our 2020 PSR Professors of Practice, globally recognized experts in technology, business, and arts and culture. The Earl Lectures 2020 conference will be an invaluable opportunity to learn and seek solutions within the issues of democracy, theology, and social responsibility.

Rumman Chowdhury, a global leader for Responsible Artificial Intelligence, explores the “datafication” of our lives and its effect on democratic expression. Kenneth “Hap” Klopp, co‐founder The North Face, explores corporate social responsibility and civility in the political sphere. Jeff Chang, award-winning journalist, author, and co-founder of ColorLines, explores creative practice as a way to confront inequity and work towards racial justice. Read more about the Professors of Practice here.

Register for Democracy Reimagined & Alumni Awards Banquet

About the Earl Lectures

For more than a hundred years, PSR has hosted the Earl Lectures and Leadership Conference, addressing critical theological, pastoral, and social issues of the day.

Founded in 1901 with a gift from Edwin T. Earl, the purpose of the Lectures was, according to PSR’s Board of Trustees, “to aid in securing…the adequate presentation of Christian truth, by bringing to Berkeley, California…eminent Christian scholars to lecture upon themes calculated to illustrate and disseminate Christian thought, and minister to Christian life…” Over the years, the content of the Lectures has reflected the important theological, political, economical, and social trends of their times, with a uniformly high standard of scholarship and boldness.

Lecturers have been Biblical scholars, educators, historians, authors, activists, church leaders, and scholars of literature, among others; some of the featured Lecturers were well-known within their field but little-known outside of it, while others were household names. Some of the names we recognize today include such international figures as Theodore Roosevelt, Elie Wiesel, Howard Thurman, Maya Angelou, Paul Tillich, Alice Walker, and Robert Reich.

The Lectures have taken different forms over the years: sometimes small gatherings held on the PSR campus, other times large gatherings that filled lecture halls at the University of California. For much of the last century, the Lectures were held annually.

Today, rather than standing alone, the Earl Lectures are incorporated into PSR’s key public events. The E. T. Earl fund continues to support public presentation of excellent scholarship through sponsored lectures throughout the year.

Past Earl Lectures