Sally Krutzig, News Editor
Since 1974, the University of Dallas has been hosting the Eugene McDermott Lecture, a lecture series named for the late scientist, businessman and philanthropist Eugene McDermott. The university is able to hold these lectures due to a gift from McDermott’s wife, Margaret McDermott.
This year’s speaker is Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, former chief rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth and former head of the United Synagogue, which is the largest synagogue body in the United Kingdom.
Sacks is a world-renowned religious leader, famous for his moral lessons and speeches. He has appeared on numerous radio shows, television talk shows and newspapers. He has 16 honorary degrees and has written over 24 books. In 2005, he was made a knight of Britain by Queen Elizabeth II and, in 2009, he was made a Life Peer in the House of Lords.
“Rabbi Sacks is one of the most prominent voices in the world today insisting on the presence of religion and morality in the public square. He has tirelessly affirmed the unity of Judaism, has delineated and consolidated its common ground with Christianity and Islam, and has opened a dialogue with the secular world, insisting on modernity’s need for an ethics of responsibility,” said English professor Bainard Cowan in an email to students.
Sacks will deliver his lecture, “The Future of Faith: The Judeo Christian Ethic in the 21st Century,” on Wednesday, April 30 at 7 p.m. This talk, which will be held in Lynch Auditorium, is specifically for a UD audience and open to all students and faculty.
He will present another lecture, entitled, “To Heal A Fractured World: The Challenge to Faith in the 21st Century,” at the Dallas City Performance Hall on Thursday, May 1 at 7 p.m. Tickets are just $5 for students.