Past Events 2010

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"Rediscovering the American Soul: A Conversation with Jacob Needleman"

A forum with the best-selling author and San Francisco State University philosopher (Homewood, AL). See photos and video.

"Philosophy as a Spiritual Search"

An A. Gerow Hodges Lecture in Ethics & Leadership by Dr. Jacob Needleman, directed to Samford undergraduates (Homewood, AL).

"Financial Reform After the Wall Street Meltdown"

A forum with Bill Johnston, retired president of the New York Stock Exchange, including a panel discussion with faculty from the Brock School of Business (Homewood, AL). See video.

The Oxford Conclave on Global Higher Education

A retreat for U.S. college and university presidents, chaired by Samford President Andrew Westmoreland and directed by Mann Center Director John C. Knapp (Oxford University, UK). See photos.

"Women in Politics: From Suffrage to Shattering the Glass Ceiling"

An A. Gerow Hodges Lecture in Ethics & Leadership by Eleanor Clift, contributing editor of Newsweek (Birmingham, AL). See photos and video.

"How to Avoid Leadership Failure"

An A. Gerow Hodges Lecture in Ethics & Leadership by David Ratcliffe, Chairman and CEO of Southern Company, one of America's largest producers of electricity (Birmingham, AL). See video.

Birmingham Rotaract Club

A professional development seminar by Dr. John Knapp on Leadership and Public Trust (Birmingham, AL).

Birmingham Business Alliance

A panel presentation by Dr. John Knapp on Emotional Intelligence and Leadership (Birmingham, AL).

Theological Educators for Presbyterian Social Witness

A panel presentation by Dr. John Knapp (Atlanta, GA).

Alabama Association of Nonprofits

A panel presentation on Ethics & Nonprofit Governance for the Continuing Legal Education conference (Birmingham, AL).

Caux Round Table

The Scholars Retreat on the Social Teachings of the Abrahamic Religious Traditions, an international gathering of scholars exploring the relevance of Christian, Jewish and Islamic teachings for the global economy. Co-sponsored by the Mann Center (Caux, Switzerland). See photos.

"Civility in a Fractured Society"

A forum on civility featuring Jim Leach, Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities; co-sponsored by the Mann Center, Alabama Humanities Foundation, and the Birmingham Area Consortium on Higher Education (Homewood, AL). See photos and video.

Leadership Birmingham

A graduation speech for the class of 2010 (Birmingham, AL).

Alabama Environmental Health Association

A presentation to the AEHA annual conference (Hoover, AL).

Vestavia Hills Chamber of Commerce

A presentation to the monthly luncheon (Vestavia Hills, AL).

"Becoming More Inclusive of People with Disabilities"

A presentation by Carolyn Cartwright, Senior Vice President, SunTrust Banks (Homewood, AL). See photos and video.

The Breakfast Club

A presentation to a gathering of women leaders (Birmingham, AL).

Ethics Week, University of Mississippi

A keynote presentation for Ethics Week (Oxford, MS).

National Funding Association

A presentation to the monthly luncheon (Nashville, TN).

Faculty Development Workshop

A presentation on the moral development of college students (Homewood, AL).

2010 Health Ethics and Law (HEAL) Conference at Samford

A presentation by Dr. John Knapp on "Ethics Code Design: Emerging Best Practices" (Birmingham, AL). See photos.

Young Business Leaders

Three sessions on topics related to Christian ethics (Birmingham, AL).

"Currency or Character"

A presentation by Wes Cantrell, retired Chairman and CEO of Lanier Worldwide and author of two recent books on ethical business leadership (Birmingham, AL). See photos and video.

"The Missing Girls of China and India: What Can Be Done?"

A conference co-sponsored with the Cumberland School of Law Center for Biotechnology, Law and Ethics, featuring Susan Greenhalgh, Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Irvine; Valerie M. Hudson, Professor of Political Science at Brigham Young University; Sunil K. Khanna, Associate Professor of Anthropology at Oregon State University; Feng Wang, Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Irvine; and David M. Smolin, Professor of Constitutional Law, Cumberland Law School (Birmingham, AL). See photos and video.

Lecture by Dr. John Knapp

A lecture at the Siegel Institute for Leadership, Ethics and Character at Kennesaw State University (Kennesaw, GA).

"What Does the Bible Say About Immigration?"

A panel discussion co-sponsored by the Mann Center and Beeson Divinity School, featuring Daniel Carroll, Professor of Old Testament, Denver Seminary and author of Christians on the Border; Isabel Rubio, Executive Director of The Hispanic Interest Coalition of Alabama; Osvaldo Padilla, Assistant Professor, Beeson Divinity School; and John Knapp, Professor and Director of the Mann Center (Birmingham, AL). See photos.



Drayton Nabers, Jr.

Brooks Hall, 227A


C. Cameron Collins 
Program Manager
Brooks Hall, 227B

Mitzi Lafferty  
Administrative Assistant
Brooks Hall, 227
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