New College Lectures
In 1986 the College set up a Trust to conduct an annual series of public lectures. This resulted in the formation of the New College Lectures. Each New College lecturer is asked to take up some important issue or aspect of contemporary society and to comment on it from the standpoint of their Christian faith and professional expertise. These lectures have become an important public event and have attracted large interest and generated much discussion. The 2012 New College Lectures were presented by Professor James K.A. Smith from Calvin College in the USA.
Many of the New College Lectures have been published in a variety of ways.
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The annual New College Lectures will be presented in 2013 by Professor Stanley Hauerwas from Duke University. The overall theme of the lecture series will be ‘The Work of Theology: Thinking, writing and acting politically’
In the series he will reflect on his own life and development as a theologian set against the work of other theologians, literary theorists, philosophers and ethicists.
The Lectures will be held at New College within the University of New South Wales on the 17th, 18th and 19Th September at 7.00pm each evening. Further details will be provided closer to this event.
Professor Stanley Hauerwas is an American theologian, ethicist and public intellectual. He currently teaches at Duke University serving as the Gilbert T. Rowe Professor of Theological Ethics at Duke Divinity School with a joint appointment at Duke University Law School. He is considered by many to be one of the world's most influential living theologians and was named "America's Best Theologian" by ‘Time Magazine’ in 2001. His work is frequently read and debated by scholars in fields outside of religion, theology, or ethics, including political philosophy, sociology, history and literary theory.
New College Lectures History
The inaugural New College lectures were delivered in 1987 by Professor Malcolm Jeeves of the University of St Andrews, Scotland. In subsequent years lecturers have come from Australian and overseas universities as well as the wider community. The 2005 New College Lecture series had the largest audiences in the history of the lectures with the important topic of ‘Church and State’ addressed by The Hon John Anderson, The Hon Kevin Rudd and Rev Dr Andrew Cameron (Moore College). Over 850 people attended over two nights to hear this landmark lecture series.