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The Dialogue Center (Chaplain's Office) presents

44 years in prison a story of Prosecutorial Misconduct!

a talk and discussion with

Clarence Safwat Davis

In 1972 Clarence Davis was convicted of first-degree murder in the death of a North Philadelphia bartender. In 2008, evidence was uncovered that the state had offered leniency to two witnesses used to convict Davis. Then the witness who identified Davis as the shooter recanted his testimony. The Superior Court ordered a new hearing, and a judge on appeals vacated Davis’ sentence.  Davis comes to Lehigh to tell his story for the first time in public.

Thursday, April 21, 2016 @ 4:10 p.m. Neville III




Sponsored by the Dialogue Center; The Humanities Center; The Program in Health, Medicine and Society;
The Departments of Philosophy and Religion Studies


A talk and discussion with Professor Dennis Cooley, Professor of Philosophy and Ethics,
and Associate Director of the Northern Plains Ethics Institute at North Dakota State University.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014
4:10 p.m.
Linderman Library, Scheler Family Humanities Forum (Room 200)

All Welcome

This event meets the 5 x 10 requirement for Identity Development




The Dialogue Center presents a “Difficult Dialogue” Talk


So What’s Going on in the Catholic Church?


An open discussion with an expert observer

of the Roman Catholic Church

Kenneth Briggs

Former Religion Editor, New York Times

and author of


Holy Siege:  The Year that Shook Catholic America

Double Crossed: Uncovering the Catholic Church's Betrayal of American Nuns


Wednesday, March 6, 2013

4:10 p.m.

Maginnes 101




All Welcome

This talk is sponsored by the Dialogue Center of the Chaplain’s Office,  Journalism and Religious Studies


The Dialogue Center 
Presents a “Difficult Dialogue” 
Endless Warfare: 
Where are DRONES Taking Us?
a talk by 
Nick Mottern

Director of the 2012 “Know Drones” Tour

Nick Mottern is director of the nation-wide “Know Drones” Tour.  He comes to Lehigh to talk about drone warfare. A graduate of the Columbia School of Journalism and a Viet Nam veteran, he has been a reporter for the Providence Journal and Evening Bulletin, a researcher for a US Senate Committee on Nutrition and Human Needs, a lobbyist for Bread for the World, and a writer and organizer of tours dealing with US involvement in Africa.  A visitor to many of the world’s war zones, he is author of the book,Suffering Strong.


4:10  p.m.
Thursday, September 20
Maginnes 101


All Welcome


The Visiting Lecturers Committee and the Dialogue Center

A Death Row Innocent—Executed
a talk by 
Rev. Joseph B. Ingle

Joe Ingle, twice nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize and recipient of numerous humanitarian awards, has had a long career working with inmates on death rows in the South.  In his new book, Inferno: A Southern Morality Tale, Rev. Ingle tells the story of Philip Workman, a man who spent 26 years on Tennessee’s death row and was finally executed despite overwhelming evidence that he did not murder the police officer he was convicted of killing. Sister Helen Prejean says of Ingle’s book:  “It is the most detailed, intimate and complete look at a death row prisoner I have encountered.  It raises fundamental questions about our moral fabric as a nation.”

Wednesday, September 12
4:10 p.m.
Sinclair Auditorium
(7 Asa Drive on the Lehigh Campus)

All Welcome:  Free and Open to the Public


Fall 2011

The Chaplain’s Forum/Difficult Dialogues

Lehigh University


Presents a Talk


Released from Death Row: 

A Story of Wrongful Conviction, the Death Penalty and American Justice


Ray Krone


Since the death penalty resumed in 1976, 136 people convicted of capital murder and sentenced to death have been released from death row because they were wrongly convicted and found to be actually innocent.  Ray Krone, a Pennsylvania resident, was the 98th such person to be exonerated.  He comes to Lehigh to tell his amazing story of wrongful conviction, his life on death row, and his personal experience with America’s broken criminal justice system. 


Thursday, September 14

4:10 p.m.

Maginnes Hall, 102


All are Welcome

Sponsored by the Chaplain’s Office/Dialogue Center


The Difficult Dialogue Series sposnored and organized by the Dialogue Center began April 22, 2010 with special guest, Dr. LeRoy Carhart.  Information below.  Future Dialogues will be advertised to the campus and informatoin made available in this space.  As the inaugural speaker, Dr. Carhart was given a certificate of appreciation for his work in advancing education about the work he does in women's repeoductive health.



Difficult Dialogues

A program of the Center for Dialogue, Ethics and Spirituality


A talk, discussion, and dialogue with

Dr. LeRoy Carhart



Dr. LeRoy Carhart is the Nebraska physician who has twice gone before the United States Supreme Court to challenge the Nebraska legislature’s so called ‘partial birth’ abortion ban.  He was successful in the first landmark case, Stenberg v. Carhart, but lost in a second challenge, Gonzales v. Carhart. Interviewed by numerous news outlets and media, including Newsweek, CNN and PBS, honored by many women’s advocacy groups and recipient of an ethics in reproductive health award from Harvard University, Dr. Carhart has been described as “a grandfather, a husband of over 40 years, a former Air Force surgeon, a Republican, a feminist, a Methodist” and an abortion provider who was a close friend and professional colleague of the late Dr. George Tiller of Wichita, Kansas.


April 22, 2010

Maginnes 480

4:10 p.m.


Spring 2012


Lehigh University
The Visiting Lectures Committee, The Center for Dialogue, Ethics and Spirituality, The Office of International Affairs, and 
The Globalization and Social Change Initiative


“The Evolution of an American Islam”
a lecture by

Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf

       Monday, April 16
                                                7:30 p.m.
          Packard Lab Auditorium 101

Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, named one of Time magazine's 100 most influential people in the world, is author of the acclaimed book, What's Right with Islam: A New Vision for Muslims and the West and a new book, Moving the Mountain. The Muslim leader who was at the center of the controversy over the proposed building of an Islamic Center near Ground Zero in New York City, Imam Rauf founded the Cordoba Initiative, which has worked to build bridges between Muslims and American society and resolve conflicts between Islam and the West.

Free and open to the public.  Book signing following lecture.  All are Welcome.

Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf


Rauf, center, talked with students in the Dialogue Center in the afternoon before his public appearance.

As Lloyd Steffen, left, looks on, Rauf talks with students including (from left) graduate student Gina Mason, Samantha Orlan '14, Paige McDonald '14, and Anne Marie Kerchberger '14 in the Dialogue Center



Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf will be coming to campus on April 16 to give a lecture on "The Evolution of an American Islam". The lecture will be held in Packard Lab 101 at 7:30 p.m.



All are welcome.


This “Difficult Dialogue” is a program of the Center for Dialogue, Ethics and Spirituality. Funding has been provided by a grant to Lehigh University from Spiritual Youth for Reproductive Freedom, a program of the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice.