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The Eugene M. Burke, C.S.P. Lectureship on Religion and Society


The Eugene M. Burke Lectureship on Religion and Society sponsors public lectures in which scholars, theologians, informed and experienced members of the lay community, and religious practitioners from all faiths address critical issues on the relationship between religion and society and on the religious dimensions of being human. Since its inception in 1985, the Burke Lectureship has hosted more than 75 lectures at UC San Diego. Lectures are free of charge and open to all.

The Burke Lectureship, an endowed lecture series at the University of California San Diego, honors the memory of Eugene M. Burke CSP. After his retirement from Catholic University in 1976, he was closely associated with UCSD as a member of the Paulist ministry to students and as a member of the UCSD Catholic Community. The concept of a permanent lectureship originated in a series of discussions among some of Father Burke's friends seeking a way to honor him on his forty-fifth anniversary as a Paulist. Before his death in 1984, he joined with members of the Catholic, Episcopal and Lutheran communities to outline the structure and scope of the Lectureship. The UCSD faculty and administration helped to shape its organization. An endowment, largely raised from hundreds of small donations (which the Lectureship continues to seek), was created and is managed by the UCSD Foundation. The endowment generates the funds necessary to bring prominent speakers from around the world to the UCSD campus; there have been more than 75 lectures since the series began in 1985. 


Burke Lectureship on Religion and Society presents E. J. Dionne

Prominent journalist E. J. Dionne, known for his op-eds in The Washington Post and essays in Commonweal magazine advocates for bridging societal divides by addressing issues like social isolation and loneliness.

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Burke Lectureship on Religion and Society

Explore a wide variety of lectures on religion and society.

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Past Lectures


View programs with distinguished scholars and theologians as they explore the function and responsibility of religion in modern society, and its role in forming social and moral values.

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Jennifer Ziemba
(858) 866-4860

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Jennie Van Meter
(858) 534-9228

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9500 Gilman Drive,
Mail Code 0170A
La Jolla, CA 92093-0170

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Please help us build the endowment for the future of the Burke Lectureship Series!

Checks should be made payable to the “UC San Diego Foundation” with the fund number noted as 1146, Eugene Burke Quasi-Endowment and could be mailed directly to:
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