Roger Scruton is an English philosopher who has written over thirty books, including Art and Imagination (1974), The Meaning of Conservatism (1980), Sexual Desire (1986), The Philosopher on Dover Beach (1990), The Aesthetics of Music (1997), Beauty (2009), and Our Church (2012). Scruton has also written two novels and composed two operas. He studied law at the Inns of Court (1974–1976), and was called to the Bar in 1978. Scruton was involved in the establishment of underground universities and academic networks in Soviet-controlled Central Europe during the Cold War, and in 1998 he was awarded by President Václav Havel the Czech Republic's Medal of Merit. Scruton has held positions at Boston University and the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, In 2010 he delivered the Gifford Lectures at St Andrews on the topic, "The Face of God." He is currently a Senior Fellow of the Ethics and Public Policy Center.
Robert George, Princeton University’s McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence and founder and director of the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions, gave a lecture entitled “Five Pillars of a Decent and Dynamic Society.” The lecture was part of Loyola’s centennial celebration and was sponsored by the College of Business and Center for Spiritual Capital. The lecture addressed two of Loyola’s Jesuit education ideals: linking faith with justice and concern for the poor and oppressed.
Robert P. George, J.D., Ph.D., former presidential appointee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, delivered a free lecture at Loyola University New Orleans Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at 7 p.m. in Louis J. Roussel Performance Hall.
This annual lecture series is the keystone of the Center's lecture events.
The inaugural John B. Levert, Jr. Lecture was given in 2009 by Professor James Stoner, Chair of Political Science at LSU.
Even before forming the Center for Spiritual Capital, the College of Business has been committed to exploring the relationship of business and spirituality, and held an annual business ethics lecture series.
In the 2002-03 academic year, the College of Business invited Father Robert Sirico and Michael Novak, two speakers who understand the relationship between academia, the religious world, and the business community, to speak on the ethical underpinnings of entrepreneurship. Sirico is co-founder and president of the Acton Insitute for the Study of Religion and Liberty; Novak is perhaps the most prominent Catholic public intellectual in the U.S. today.
In the 2003-04 academic year, the College hosted lectures on ethical leadership by Chris Lowney, a former Jesuit and the Managing Director at J. P. Morgan (as well as author of Heroic Leadership: Best Practices From A 450-year-old Company That Changed The World) and the late Father Robert John Neuhaus, editor of First Things. In addition, in a separate lecture series, the Loyola Institute for Ministry presented a lecture on Christianity and Capitalism by interim university president Rev. William Byron, S.J.
Other previous speakers in the business ethics lecture series by the College of Business included Ted Malloch, Alexei Marcoux, John Hasnas, Lori Ryan, Robert Bradley, Ian Maitland, and Angelo Petroni.