Cookson Lecture: Dr. Douglas A. Hicks

  • Doug_HicksDouglas A. Hicks, a nationally renowned expert in the role of religion in public leadership, will present the Cookson Religious Freedom Lecture at Virginia Wesleyan College on Monday, October 18, 2010, at 7:30 p.m., in Boyd Dining Center.  The title of Dr. Hicks’ talk is “Religion in the Workplace.”

    Hicks is professor of leadership studies and religion in the Jepson School of Leadership Studies at the University of Richmond.  He was the founding leader of the Bonner Center for Civic Engagement at the University of Richmond, serving for five years as director and then executive director before returning to full-time teaching in 2009.  His research focuses on religion in public leadership, religion in the workplace, and the ethical dimensions of economic issues.  He is frequently quoted in the national media on these and other topics, including poverty and inequality.  Hicks has authored several books and articles on these subjects, including Money Enough: Everyday Practices for Living Faithfully in the Global Economy (2010), With God on All Sides: Leadership in a Devout and Diverse America (2009), and Religion and the Workplace: Pluralism, Spirituality, Leadership (2003).

    An ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA), Hicks is a parish associate at Second Presbyterian Church of Richmond.  He has held visiting faculty positions at Union-PSCE in Richmond and at Harvard Divinity School.  He is the past president of the Academy of Religious Leadership

    Hicks is a research affiliate with the Pluralism Project of Harvard University and a Board member at the Virginia Poverty Law Center.

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