IDEAS MATTER lectures explore ideas that make a difference in the world. Lecturers are invited to bring their expertise and individual experience into the discussion. This page is intended to provide a brief history of the IDEAS MATTER lecture series, and to highlight some of the interesting ideas which have emerged from these lectures. This is "history" in a rather loose sense. We are more interested in the ideas raised than the actual "history" of our various series. There has been a lecture series each year since 1992. For some of these we have papers which served as the basis for the lectures actually given at that time. In other cases, however, the lecturers have given us permission to use other papers which deal with the same subject.
Each year, a different topic is chosen.
Previous topics have included:(click below or the right column for more information)
- 2011| Responsibilities To Future Generations
- 2009| The UN Declaration of Human Rights at 60
- 2008| Who Owns the Sky? The Tragedy or Triumph of the Commons
- 2007| Does Religion Matter?
- 2006| Borders, Boundaries, Frontiers
- 2005| The Examined Meal
- 2003| Democracy and Dissent
- 2002| Rachel Carson: Legacy and Challenge
- 2001| Biotechnology: Philosophical Perplexities, Ethical Enigmas
- 2000| Minds, Machines and Animals
- 1999| God at 2000
- 1998| The Ethical Legacy of Aldo Leopold
- 1997| Utopian Visions
- 1996| The Rich and the Poor: Inequality in America
- 1995| Jesus at 2000
- 1994| War and Human Nature
- 1993 | Philosophy in the Twentieth Century
- 1992| The Legacy of Conquest of the Americas: Greed, Violence and the debate about Natural Rights