Christ Church Cathedral

Past Taft Lectures

As funded by the Taft Memorial Fund


Chuck Collins (November 2017)

Matthew Desmond, P.h.D. (May 2017)

James H Cone, P.h.D. (November 2016)

Adam Kahane (May 2016)

Cincinnati Preschool Promise (November 2015)

Cornel West, P.h.D. (May 2015)

Nicolas Kristof (November 2014)

Glennon Doyle Melton (May 2014)

Building an Ethical Economy (2010*)

Radical Abundance: A Theology of Sustainability (2009*)

Religion & Violence: The Roots of Conflict (2008*)

God’s Unfinished Future: Why It Matters Now (2007*)

Anatomy of Reconciliation: Violence to Healing (2006*)

Ronald F. Ferguson, P.h.D. (2004)

Dr. Cornel West & The Rev. Susan K. Smith (2002)

The Honorable Donna E. Shalala (1999)

The Rev. Dr. Peter J. Gomes (1998)

Jonathan Kozol (1996)

Anna Quindlen (1995)

C. Everett Koop, M.D.  (1994)

The Rt. Rev. & Rt. Honorable George Carey (1992)

Rabbi Edwin Friedman (1992)

Thomas Friedman (1991)

Bishop Desmond Tutu (1990)

Rabbi Michael Berenbaum (1989)

U.S. House of Representative Barbara Jordan (1988)

*Trinity Institute


Taft Lecture Series

About The Taft Lecture Series


Funded by The Charles P. and Eleanor Taft Memorial Fund

Charles P. Taft’s community leadership integrated sacred and civic values. As mayor of Cincinnati, city council member, 40-year warden of Christ Church, co-founder of the World Council of Churches, and son of President William Howard Taft, he devoted his life to public service. To honor and keep alive the memory of Charlie Taft and of his loving and community-serving wife Eleanor, the vestry of Chris Church Cathedral has chosen to use a gift from the Taft family for an annual event or activity which Charlie and Eleanor Taft would have supported.

Upcoming Lectures


Krista Tippett: Tuesday and Wednesday, March 13 and 14

Recent Taft Lecture: Matthew Desmond, Ph.D.