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The Joseph J. Naples Conversations in Christ and Culture Lecture Series presents Christian Smith, PhD, on “Why Believe in Universal Human Dignity: Rethink the Concept for a Likely Dark Future” on Tuesday, March 31 at 7:30 p.m. in Grupp Fireside Lounge.

Smith is the William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of Sociology and Director of the Global Religion Research Initiative at the University of Notre Dame. He is well known for his research focused on religion, adolescents and emerging adults, and social theory. Smith’s books, Soul Searching, Souls in Transition, Young Catholic America, and Lost in Transition, emphasize the interplay of broad cultural influences, family socialization and religious motivations in forming the spiritual and life experiences and outcomes of American youth.

Smith is a leading American theorist of the philosophy of critical realism and the social theory of personalism, which he addresses in such books as What is a Person?, Moral, Believing Animals, The Sacred Project of American Sociology, and To Flourish or Destruct. He has also written on secularism, atheism and evangelicalism.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Philip Reed, PhD, professor of philosophy, at 716.888.2609 or

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Submitted by: Philip Reed, PhD, professor, Philosophy