A Global Philosophy of Religion in the Local Des Moines Community

Globally, our Lecture and Dialogue Series enacts an innovative approach to religiously inclusive philosophy of religion, exploring common religious themes from different religious perspectives through scholar lectures, practitioner dialogues, and philosophical comparisons. Locally, our Religions of Des Moines Initiative generates informative media about religious communities in the greater Des Moines area, collaborating with local practitioners to create narrative guides, digital stories, and engaging photos of their communities.


Embrace Aging: Aging and the Law

Denise Hill Director of Health Law Programs, Drake University Law School Tuesday, June 21, 7:00 p.m. Sussman Theater, Olmsted Center, Drake University —– Hill’s innovative use of health law simulations, learning communities, and other active learning strategies have been recognized by her selection as the Faculty Member of the Year three times. Hill maintains a part-time legal practice to stay…


Embrace Aging: Economic Security

DAVID STREGE Managing Partner, Syverson & Strege Company Tuesday, May 24, 7:00 p.m. Sussman Theater, Olmsted Center, Drake University —–  A graduate of Drake University, Strege is an award-winning financial planning professional who exemplifies excellence and high standards in the field of financial planning and community service. —– Moderator: Mark Teigland, President and CEO, Calvin Community Teigland’s healthcare management career began in 1987. He has…


The Ethical Engagement With the Medicalization of Death in the Catholic Tradition

Gerard Magill Vernon F. Gallagher Chair and Professor of Healthcare Ethics, Duquesne University Thursday, May 5, 7:00 p.m. Reading Room, Cowles Library —– To engage the medicalization of death & dying ethically, the Catholic Sacramental tradition provides the context for its Natural Law approach. This recognizes both dignity and futility in the dying process and uses double effect reasoning to…


Embrace Aging: Managing Chronic Diseases

Yogesh Shah Geriatric Specialist, Des Moines University Tuesday, April 26, 7:00 p.m. Sussman Theater, Olmsted Center, Drake University —– Dr. Shah is a triple board-certified in family medicine and specializes in geriatrics, hospice, and palliative medicine. His primary interest is in early detection of memory problems and supporting families and patients with different forms and at different stages of dementias.…