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Pepperdine Dialogue Dinners

The Pepperdine Dialogue Dinners promote discernment through discussion. All full-time faculty are invited to apply, though space is limited. Explore below to learn more about this inaugural initiative.

The application cycle for the 2022-2023 Pepperdine Dialogue Dinners has now concluded. Thank you for your interest. We will be accepting applications for the 2023-2024 application cycle beginning in September of 2023. 


Criteria for Selection

Space is limited. Should we receive more applications than we have room to accommodate, groups will be formed according to the following criteria:

  • Proportionate distribution by each of the five Pepperdine schools
  • Reason(s) for participating
  • Distribution by field, rank, and/or length of service at Pepperdine



Faculty who anticipate being able to manage the following responsibilities are encouraged to apply.

  • Attend or watch a recording of all four public lectures
  • Attend all four dialogue dinners for the entire period
  • Complete all of the assigned reading



Faculty who meet full participation requirements will be entitled to: 

  • An $1800 stipend
  • On-campus accommodation for the evening of each dialogue dinner for faculty who live off-campus (limited to availability)
  • Three assigned books



Reading Speaker Event Date | Time Location
Artwork of building collapsing Jonathan Haidt
NYU, Stern School of Business

President’s Speaker Series

Dialogue Dinner
“Why The Past 10 Years Of American Life Have Been Uniquely Stupid"

Wednesday, September 21, 2022
5:30 - 7:00 PM

Friday, September 23, 2022
5:30 - 8:30 PM

Smothers Theatre

Brock House

Book Cover of Why We Drive Matthew B. Crawford
University of Virginia, Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture

Office of the Provost
Faculty/Staff Leadership

Dialogue Dinner
Why We Drive: Toward a Philosophy of the Open Road

Friday, October 7, 2022
9:00 -10:00 AM

Friday, October 28, 2022
5:30 - 8:30 PM

Four Seasons,

Brock House

Book Cover of Conscience and its Enemies Robert P. George
Pepperdine University and James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University

School of Public Policy
The Reagan Lecture

Dialogue Dinner
Conscience and its Enemies: Confronting the Dogmas of Liberal Secularism

Thursday, November 17, 2022
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Friday, January 13, 2023
5:30 - 8:30 PM

Ronald Reagan
Presidential Library

Brock House

Book cover of Mere Civility Teresa Bejan
Oriel College, Oxford

Seaver College
W. David Baird Lecture Series

Dialogue Dinner
Mere Civility: Disagreements and the Limits of Toleration

Tuesday, February 7, 2023
5:00 - 6:30 PM

Friday, February 24, 2023
5:30 - 8:30 PM

Elkins Auditorium

Brock House

Questions about the initiative can be directed to dialogue.dinners@pepperdine.edu.