Spring 2024 Cardinal Virtue Lecture Welcomes Dr. Bob Enright

Posted By: mgerlach On: 2024-02-22
Posted On: 2024-02-22

Join us for the Spring 2024 Cardinal Virtue Lecture March 14th at 12:15 PM on Zoom with Q&A following at 1:00 PM. Of the four cardinal virtues, this semester the focus will be on the cardinal virtue of justice.

Join us for the next speaker in the Cardinal Virtue Lecture Series, forgiveness research pioneer, Dr. Robert Enright. The title of his presentation is, “Forgiveness as a Virtue: Friend or Foe of Justice.” Are the virtues of justice and forgiveness opposed or mutually enriching? Often when people are offended or harmed by another it is difficult for them to forgive their offender. Doesn’t the victim have the right to demand justice? To ask the victim to forgive seems too much to ask. Doesn’t forgiveness let the offender off the hook? Dr. Enright will address these and other perplexing issues that arise in a community seeking to be at once just and forgiving and will share scientifically validated practices fostering the virtue of forgiveness. 

Scan the QR code or click here to register. All students, faculty, staff, alumni and other guests are warmly invited to attend and participate. 

This event is sponsored by the Office for Character, Virtue & Ethics.

Cardinal Virtue Lecture Series speakers and topics are chosen to create thought-provoking dialogue among faculty, staff, and students as Saint Mary’s cultivates in its learners the virtues that will guide them throughout their educational journey and as they enter the world as leaders in their professions and communities. Occasionally lectures in the series will be offered virtually to reach all campuses, alumni, benefactors, and others off-campus.


Dr. Enright’s Bio

Dr. Robert Enright holds the Aristotelian Professorship in Forgiveness Science within the Department of Educational Psychology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, is a licensed psychologist, and founder of the International Forgiveness Institute. He has been called “the forgiveness trailblazer” by Time magazine, the first to publish a scientific study on the topic of person-to-person forgiveness (1989) and to publish research on forgiveness therapy (1993) when he developed the 20-step “Process Model of Forgiving.” 

Author or editor of well over 100 publications centered on social development and the psychology of forgiveness, he is currently helping disseminate forgiveness education for students in various world communities (Israel, Monrovia, Northern Ireland, the Philippines, and Taiwan) and providing forgiveness therapy with those in correctional institutions. For his innovative research on forgiveness, he received in 2022 what the American Psychological Association calls “psychology’s highest awards,” the APF Gold Medal Award for Impact in Psychology.