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Guy B. Hammond Lectureship in Religious Ethics and Society



The Hammond Lectureship in Religious Ethics and Society was endowed by an anonymous donor in 1995 to honor Guy B. Hammond, who retired in that year, after 38 years of service at Virginia Tech, having served as head of two academic units in the College of Arts and Sciences (the Department of Philosophy and Religion and the Department of Religion) and transition leader of a third (the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies). Dr. Hammond's scholarly interests and accomplishments are represented in his three books: two on the Protestant theologian Paul Tillich (Man in Estrangement and The Power of Self-Transcendence: An Introduction to the Systematic Theology of Paul Tillich) and a third more broadly in the field of religious ethics and society (Conscience and its Recovery: From The Frankfurt School to Feminism). The Hammond Lecturer gives a public address and meets with faculty and students in classes and workshops during a two-day campus visit.


Previous Hammond Lectures

  • 2022 Ashon Crawley, Associate Professor of Religious Studies and African American and African Studies , University of Virginia
  • 2017 Onaje X.O. Woodbine, Visiting Research Scholar, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • 2015 Gary Dorrien, Reinhold Niebuhr Professor of Social Ethics, Union Theological Seminary
  • 2013 Laura S. Nasrallah, Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity, Harvard Divinity School
  • 2011 Peter C. Phan, Ellacuria Chair of Catholic Social Thought, Georgetown University
  • 2009 Bart D. Ehrmann, James A. Grey Distinguished Professor of Religion, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
  • 2007 Jonathan Schofer, Assistant Professor of Comparative Ethics, Harvard Divinity School
  • 2005 Stanley Hauerwas, Gilbert T. Rowe Professor of Theological Ethics, Duke Divinity School
  • 2002 Ronald Cole-Turner, H. Parker Sharp Professor of Theology and Ethics, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary
  • 2000 Elizabeth Bounds, Associate Professor of Christian Ethics, Candler School of Theology, Emory University
  • 1999 Kate Geneva Cannon, Associate Professor of Religion, Temple University
  • 1996 Jean Bethke Elshtain, Laura Spelman Rockerfeller Professor of Social and Political Ethics, University of Chicago