April 9, 1992 — Q&A period from " Islamic Culture and the West " discussion, as part of the 1992 Peace Prize Forum “Striving for Peace: Resolving Cultural Conflicts," held at Augustana College in Sioux Falls. Participants Camelia Sadat, president of the Sadat Peace Institute; and Robin Wright, correspondent for the Los Angeles Times, answered audience questions after their respective speeches.
May 9, 1991 — Dr. Riffat Hassan, theologian and author, speaking at day-long seminar entitled, "The American Influence on Worship" held at Temple Israel in Minneapolis. Hassan’s address was on the topic "Muslims in America." After speech, Hasan answered audience questions. Dr. Hassan is chair of the Religious Studies Program at the University of Louisville. For the past 15 years, she has been an active participant in inter-faith dialogue. As a Muslim woman, Dr. Hassan's primary interest has been the common problems that Muslim women share with women across the world in all faiths.
November 29, 1990 — Rabbi Harold Kushner, author and theologian, speaking at Temple Israel in Minneapolis, sponsored by the Center for Jewish Christian Learning of the University of St. Thomas. Kushner’s address was on the topic "Who Needs God?" Kushner’s books include “Who Needs God?” and “When Bad Things Happen to Good People”, amongst others.
October 17, 1990 — Theologian Martin Marty speaking at Macalester College in St. Paul. He spoke on the topic "Religious Diversity: The Limits and Challenges of Pluralism".
August 9, 1990 — Andrei Codrescu speaking at the Walker Art Center as part of its American Icons Series. His speech was titled, "Where is Abroad?: The Disappearance of the Outside in the Age of Collapsed Ideologies". Codrescu talked about literature, religion, politics, history, imagination, and the necessity of exile.
August 21, 1989 — Gary Bauer, president of the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C., speaking at a recent forum sponsored by the Berean League in Crystal, Minnesota. Bauer addresses the topic of family and religious values. In the Reagan administration, Gary Bauer was Undersecretary of Education. While at the Department of Education, he was chairman of the administration working group which issued a report called, "The Family: Preserving America's Future". He later worked in the White House Domestic Policy Office, serving as an advisor to President Reagan.
April 17, 1989 — Abba Eban, former Israeli ambassador to the United States and the United Nations, speaking at Distinguished Carlson Lecture at Northrop Auditorium. Eban addresses the topic “Roadblocks to Peace in the Middle East.” After speech, Eban answered audience questions. A vehement champion of Israel's national interest, Eban’s diplomacy won the Jewish state crucial international support in its initial decade. Eban has spoken out against any attempt to make the occupied territories a permanent part of Israel since they were won in the 1967 Six-Day War, and his contribution to the 1968 U.N. Security Council resolution has been the foundation for every serious Middle East peace effort. He is active in the reconciliation movement between Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization, and was one of seven Israeli representatives to recent talks with PLO leaders, European politicians and Jewish spokespersons at The Hague. The Carlson Lecture Series is managed by the Humphrey Institute's Citizen Education Program and is made possible through a $1 million gift from Curtis L. Carlson, founder and chair of Minneapolis-based Carlson Cos. The Carlson Lecture Series brings distinguished national and international leaders to the university to speak on current topics of public interest.
March 17, 1989 — Charles Curran, theologian and ordained Roman Catholic priest, speaking in the Newman Center at the University of Minnesota. Curran’s address was on the tensions that exist between theology and academic freedom. Curran came under fire from Vatican officials for his views on abortion, homosexuality and other matters of sexuality.
December 3, 1988 — MPR’s Bob Potter talks with Clark Morphew, religion writer for the St. Paul Pioneer Press dispatch. Morphew discusses current issues in religion, including decline in membership of mainline churches, rise of fundamentalist churches, Jewish definition debate, and social aspect of church. Morphew also answers listener questions.
July 5, 1988 — Peter Baird, an Arizona lawyer, speaking at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota as part of Carleton Lecture. Baird’s lecture was on the topic "Confessions, Oaths, Spies and Toads." He gives his account of the Miranda case leading to the Miranda ruling which he brought before the Supreme Court of the United States just out of law school. He also recounts his defense of his wife, also an attorney, in a case which also went before the Supreme Court on her refusal to take an oath in order to be admitted to the bar, and his current pro bono efforts involving government spying on churches. Baird was introduced by Carleton College student Mike Granston.