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The Lost Art of Democratic Argument: What’s Become of Civility?


Michael Sandel, Harvard political philosopher and best-selling author 

discusses this question at Ladue Chapel on Monday, October 8 – 7 p.m.


In these deeply divided times, is it possible to reason together, in public, about hard ethical and political questions?  Harvard political philosopher and bestselling author, Michael Sandel shows us how, challenging audiences to examine the ethical dilemmas we all confront in politics and in our everyday lives.

Sandel will address topics including:

  • Restoring civility to difficult ethical discussions
  • Does religion belong in politics?
  • Examining ethical dilemmas that we confront in our personal lives
  • Why are politics today so bitter and partisan, and what can we do about it?

One of Foreign Policy’s Top 100 Global Thinkers, Sandel has been described as “the most relevant living philosopher,” “a rock-star moralist” (Newsweek), and “the most famous philosopher in the world.” (New Republic). His writings on justice, democracy, morals, and markets have been translated into 27 languages.

Sandel was born to a Jewish family, graduated from Brandeis University with a bachelor’s degree in politics (1975). He received his doctor of philosophy from Oxford (1981). He is a professor at Harvard where his legendary course Justice has enrolled over 15,000 students and was the university’s first course to be made freely available online and on television. It has been viewed by tens of millions of people around the world, including in China, where Sandel was named the “most influential foreign figure of the year” (China Newsweek).

Sandel will present a lecture, The Lost Art of Democratic Argument: What’s Become of Civility? as part of the

Lee Institute Speaker Series on Monday, October 8 at 7:00 p.m. at Ladue Chapel Presbyterian Church,

9450 Clayton Road, Ladue, MO  63124. The 45-minute presentation will be followed by a 15-minute question

& answer discussion, book signing, and a reception. Left Bank Books will have a selection of Sandel’s books available at the event. The event is free and open to all.

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In 1995, Ladue Chapel established the Lee Institute in response to a gift from E. Desmond Lee. The Institute, supported by an endowment from the Lee Foundation and by Ladue Chapel, seeks to provide stimulus and education for persons in the Ladue Chapel congregation and the Greater St. Louis community in order to:
• Foster spiritual and religious growth;
• Create public awareness of critical issues; and
• Inspire further study, action and service that can make a difference in the world.

The Lee Institute Speaker Series is free & open to the public. We are a handicap accessible facility. All events are held at Ladue Chapel Presbyterian Church. For more information on a particular event, or to be placed on the Lee Institute mailing list, please leave a message for the Executive Director of the Lee Institute at 314-993-4771 ext. 3111.

Past Presenters
The public lecture series has brought many wonderful speakers to Ladue Chapel. In the past, we have been honored to host the following:

2016 – Dr. Faisal Khan – Public Health is Everyone’s Business!

2016 – Sherry Turkle – Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age

2015 – Launching a Career of Service: Danny Ludeman and Concordance Academy

2014 – A Community Conversation: Batya Abramson-Goldstein, Rev. Dr. David Greenhaw, Dr. Ghazala Hayat, Timothy O’Leary, and Rev. Starsky Wilson; Moderated by Robert Duffy – From Klinghoffer to Ferguson and Beyond

2014 – Dr. Mehnaz M. Afridi – Contemporary Issues of Muslim Women

2013 – Dr. Jeffrey L. Stout – Ends and Means in the Struggle for a Just Society

2013 – Stephen Prothero – Our Uncommon Creed: Reflections on the World’s Religion and American Politics

2012 – Brian D. McLaren – Why Did Jesus, Moses, the Buddha and Mohammed Cross the Road?

2012 – Dr. R. Marie Griffith – Religion, Sex, and Politics: An American History

2011 – Bob Abernethy – The Life of Meaning: Reflections on Faith, Doubt, & Repairing the World

2011 – “Living Green” – Chris Cedergreen – Living Green: Building a Sustainable Future

2010 – Greg M. Epstein – Good Without God: What a Billion Non-Religious People Do Believe

2010 – Talia Leman – The Power of ANYone: What I Have Learned on My Journey

2009 – Peter Hessler – Instant Cities: Life in a Chinese Factory Town

2009 – David Robertson & Fred Bronstein – The Role of the Arts in the Quality of Life and Education

2009 – Lynne Twist – Money and the Soul’s Journey: The Miracle of Sufficiency

2008 – Ranya Idliby, Suzanne Oliver, Priscilla Warner – The Faith Club: Three Women Search for Understanding

2008 – Nicholas D. Kristof – Reporting from Darfur: the First Genocide of the 21st Century

2007 – Minnijean Brown Trickey – Return to Little Rock: A 50th Anniversary Memoir

2007 – Ivy Beckwith – The Role of the Family in the Spiritual Formation of Children

2007 – Kathleen Norris – The Desert In Bloom: A Geography of Hope

2007 – Bruce Feiler – Can’t We All Get Along? Building Bridges for the 21st Century

2006 – Dr. Peter H. Raven – Biodiversity and Stewardship: Our Common Responsibility

2005 – David Gergen – Eyewitness to Power: Leadership in America

2005 – Huston Smith – Why Religion Matters – Now More Than Ever

2004 – John Stossel – Give Me a Break: The Media and How We Did It Wrong

2004 – Dr. Elaine Pagels – The Discovery of the Gnostic Gospels: New Views of Jesus and His Message

2004 – Episcopal-Presbyterian Charitable Health & Medical Trust – Health & Faith in St. Louis: A Community Story

2003 – Rabbi Susan Talve – Building Community in a Fragile World

2003 – Rev. Dr. John Claypool, Ph.D. – Mending the Heart

2003 – Laura S. Mendenhall – 21st Century Stewardship & Mission

2003 – Raymond Roberts, Ph.D. – Religion and Morality in America’s Public Schools

2003 – Hamilton Jordan – No Such Thing as a Bad Day

2002 – Dr. Jane E. Smith, Ph.D. – Building Success Through Public Service

2002 – Joyce Rupp – Spiritual Transformation of the Liberated Heart

2002 – Rev. Peter J. Gomes – Outer Turmoil – Inner Strength: A Strategy for Troubled Times

2001 – E.J. Dionne, Jr. – Issues of the Faith-Based Initiative

2001 – Rosalynn Carter – Helping Someone with Mental Illness

2000 – Morris Dees – Hope and Tolerance in the New Century

2000 – Rev. Dr. Robert Raines – Wake Up and Live: Essential Steps of Creative Living and Mid-Life and Beyond: Passage into the Elder Season

2000 – William H. Willimon – The Oddness of Being Christian

1999 – Jonathan Kozol – Amazing Graces in the Lives of Children

1999 – Bill Moyers – Genesis and the Millennium

1998 – General Colin L. Powell – Challenges of a Changing World

1998 – Senator John C. Danforth – Exploring Ideas for Change: Including Everybody

1997 – Senator Nancy Kassebaum Baker – Public Service for the Common Good

1997 – Dr. Thomas G. Long – The Word We Cannot Say: Sin

1996 – Dr. Walter Brueggemann – Cadences Toward Home: The Contemporary Church in Exile

1996 – Dr. Cornel West – Race Matters

1995 – A.E. Hotchner – Shameless Exploitation in Pursuit of the Common Good