Taft Lecture Series

Past Programs

As funded by the Taft Memorial Fund

COVID-19 & Health Disparities (April 2021)
Taylor Branch (October 2019)
Ibram X. Kendi, Ph.D. (April 2019)
Father Patrick Desbois (October 2018)
Krista Tippett (March 2018)
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


Upcoming Virtual Taft Lecture:
Begin Again: An Evening with Dr. Eddie Glaude Jr.
Monday, November 8 | 7:00 PM

One of the nation’s most prominent scholars, Dr. Eddie Glaude Jr. is an author, political commentator, public intellectual, and passionate educator who examines the complex dynamics of the American experience. Combining a scholar’s knowledge of history, a political commentator’s take on the latest events, and an activist’s passion for social justice, Dr. Glaude challenges all of us to examine our collective American conscience, “not to posit the greatness of America, but to establish the ground upon which to imagine the country anew.”

Hosted by Courtis Fuller, Dr. Glaude will be promoting his book Begin Again: James Baldwin’s America and its Urgent Lessons for Our Own.

This lecture will be available via livestream.

Charles P. Taft II

About the Taft Lecture Series

Funded by The Charles P. and Eleanor Taft Memorial Fund, the Taft Lecture Series features provocative thinkers, writers, teachers, theologians, social justice activists and leaders in the fields of religion, social science, the arts, politics and more. Lectures are presented once or twice or year, as the featured speakers’ schedules permit.

The series honors the community leadership of its namesakes. Charlie in particular was know for integrating sacred and civic values. The son of U.S.  President William Howard Taft devoted his life to public service –– as both a member of city council and mayor of Cincinnati,  as the 40-year warden of Christ Church (now Christ Church Cathedral) and as co-founder of the World Council of Churches.

Following the deaths of Charlie and Eleanor, the vestry of Christ Church Cathedral chose to earmark a generous memorial gift from the Taft family for lectures and other programs that reflects and honors their life’s work.