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Public Lectures

Our mandate is to educate the whole people of God—and that includes the Christian community of Vancouver and beyond. We offer free public lectures by our own world-class faculty, and by visiting scholars, teachers, and authors from around the world.

We host two regular lecture series—Summer Lectures and the Laing Lectures—as well as special events throughout the year.

Most of our lectures are recorded and available as audio downloads through RegentAudio.com

Summer Lectures

In the Spring and Summer Sessions, we host lectures every week to highlight the research of our regular faculty and our visiting summer lecturers. Due to closure of the College related to Covid-19, all of our Summer 2020 lectures will be streamed online. Please see specific lecture posts for the livestream link.

Next Public Lecture
Mar
12
Friday, 12:30PM

Disability, Technology, and Human Flourishing

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With Eleanor McLaughlin

Being human in our technological age requires not merely technical skills but—more importantly—intellectual capacity to navigate a rapidly changing philosophical milieu. Join us this winter for our online lecture series, Human Flourishing in a Technological Age, to learn from leading scholars about key aspects of what it means to be human in a technological age: personhood, embodied cognition, leisure, transhumanism and more.

Please join us on Friday, March 12 as we welcome Dr. Eleanor McLaughlin who will give the lecture "Disability, Technology, and Human Flourishing."

Dr. McLaughlin will assess the role of technology for human flourishing of people with disabilities in two steps. First, she will define human flourishing as depending in large part on our relationships with others, suggesting that, despite Christian theology's historical failure to understand this relational core of human flourishing, evidenced by the church's supporting the us/them divide between people with and without disabilities, there are nevertheless resources within theology that can help overcome this divide, and thus strengthen relationships between all people. Drawing on Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s idea that in the biblical Genesis narrative the limit given to Adam and Eve symbolises God’s grace to humans, and on Deborah Creamer’s ‘limitness’ model in disability theology, Dr. McLaughlin proposes an important distinction between our ontological limitedness, and our encounter with specific limits that prevent us from flourishing. Dr. McLaughlin then will employ this distinction between ontological limitness and specific limits in assessing the value of technological enhancement for disabled persons. This distinction allows an evaluation of technology which is positive when technology’s role is to help us overcome specific limits preventing us from flourishing (particularly in helping us build relationships with others), but which is negative when technology seeks to eradicate the ontological limitedness which gives us the potential to experience God’s grace in our embodied life.

Dr. Eleanor McLaughlin is the Programme Leader for the Postgraduate Programmes in Theology, Imagination, and Culture at Sarum College. She holds a DPhil from the University of Oxford and a master’s degree from the University of Geneva. Ellie’s research interests include disability theology, medical ethics, the theology of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, and the interface between loving and being limited by the Other. She is the author of Unconscious Christianity in Dietrich Bonhoeffer's Late Theology: Encounters With the Unknown Christ (Lexington Books/Fortress Academic, 2020) and "Dietrich Bonhoeffer and the Death of God Theologians," in Engaging Bonhoeffer: The Impact and Influence of Bonhoeffer’s Life and Thought, ed. by Matthew D. Kirkpatrick (Fortress Press, 2016), and co-author of "Love in Religion: An Annotated Bibliography," available online at https://loveinreligion.org/resources.

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Upcoming Public Lectures
Mar
18
Thursday, 12:30PM

Art and Faith: A Theology of Making

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With Iwan Russell-Jones
With Makoto Fujimura

A discussion with artist Mako Fujimura about his new book, Art and Faith: A Theology of Making.

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Mar
22
Monday, 9:00AM

A Conversation with Historian & Author Tom Holland

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With Iwan Russell-Jones
With Tom Holland

Regent College Bookstore welcomes historian and author Tom Holland who will be discussion his recent book,Dominion: How the Christian Revolution Remade the World.

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Mar
24
Wednesday, 12:00PM

Refuge Reimagined: Biblical Kinship in Global Politics

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With Jeffrey Greenman
With Mark Glanville
With Luke Glanville

The Regent College Bookstore welcome Dr. Luke Glanville and Dr. Mark Glanville for the launch of their book Refuge Reimagined: Biblical Kinship in Global Politics.

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Mar
25
Thursday, 12:00PM

A Conversation with Author Laura Fabrycky

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With Iwan Russell-Jones
With Laura Fabrycky

The Regent College Bookstore will host a conversation with author Laura Fabrycky about her recent book Keys to Bonhoeffer's Haus: Exploring the World and Wisdom of Dietrich Bonhoeffer.

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Apr
2
Friday, 12:30PM

Work and Leisure in a Technological World

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With Clark Elliston

Dr. Clark Elliston will give a lecture at Regent College as part of the Human Flourishing in a Technological Age lecture series.

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Apr
9
Friday, 12:30PM

Living in the Midst of Death: Theological Reflections on Aging and Technology

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With Michael Mawson

Dr. Michael Mawson will give a lecture at Regent College as part of the Human Flourishing in a Technological Age lecture series.

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Apr
16
Friday, 12:30PM

Remaining Focused: Human Flourishing in the Emergent Techno-Culture

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With Brent Waters

Dr. Brent Waters will give a lecture at Regent College as part of the Human Flourishing in a Technological Age lecture series.

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