Established with an anonymous gift in honor of the mothers of two University alumni, the McNerney-Hanson lectures focus on a topical issue of ethics and morality. Past lecturers have included:
University regent Carolyn Woo, dean of the Medoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame, discussing how her Catholic faith has influenced her life and work as part of the Spring 2006 "Four Faiths, Four Evenings" series
Bernard Gert, Dartmouth College professor and author of Morality: Its Nature and Justification and the recent Common Morality: Deciding What to Do, February 21, 2006
Jonathan Kozol, educator, author, and winner of the National Book Award, "The Lives of Children and the Conscience of a Nation: Unequal Education in the U.S. Public Schools," April 5, 2005
Michael Novak, "Business, Social Justice, & Humanistic Culture," October 13, 2004.
Gilbert Meilaender of Valparaiso University,"The Moral Meaning of Cloning," February 12, 2004