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Pepperdine Dialogue Dinners

Pepperdine Dialogue Dinners are a special opportunity for faculty to deepen their engagement with the many high-quality thinkers who come to campus, as well as to increase opportunities to learn from one another through open dialogue.


Eligibility and Deadline

All full-time Pepperdine faculty are eligible to apply.

  • Deadline to Apply: August 28, 2023 at 9 AM
  • Notification: September 5, 2023


Criteria for Selection

Space is limited and, should we receive more applications than we have room to accommodate, we will form groups according to the following criteria:

  • Proportionate distribution by academic divisions 
  • Reason(s) for participating
  • Distribution by field, rank, and/or length of service at Pepperdine



Please only apply if you are able to: 

  • Attend or watch a recording of all three public lectures (9/29, 10/18, 2/7 or 8)
  • Attend all three dialogue dinners for the entire period  (Track A - 9/29, 12/1, 3/8 OR Track B - 10/13, 12/8, 3/15)
  • Do all of the assigned reading



Full participation in these dialogues entitles the discussants to: 

  • An $1350 stipend ($450/speaker)
  • On-campus accommodation for the evening of each dialogue dinner for faculty who live off-campus, limited to availability
  • All three assigned books




Reading Speaker Event Date | Time Location
Book Cover of Mathematics for Human Flourishing Francis Su
Benediktsson-Karwa Professor of Mathematics
Harvey Mudd College 

Faculty Conference 

Dialogue Dinner
Mathematics for Human Flourishing

Friday, September 29, 2023 9:30 AM 

A - Friday, September 29, 2023
B - Friday, October 13, 2023
5:30 - 8:30 PM 

Elkins Auditorium

Brock House

Book Cover of Stranger God Richard Beck
Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychology
Abilene Christian University 

43rd annual William M. Green Distinguished Christian Scholar Lecture 

Dialogue Dinner
Stranger God: Meeting Jesus in Disguise

Wednesday, October 18, 2023
7:00 - 8:30 PM

A - Friday, December 1, 2023
B - Friday, December 8, 2023
5:30 - 8:30 PM

Stauffer Chapel

Mallman House

Book cover of Time Biases Meghan Sullivan
Wilsey Family College Professor of Philosophy
Director of Notre Dame Institute of Advanced Study 

Seaver College
W. David Baird Lecture Series

Dialogue Dinner
Time Biases: A Theory of Rational Planning and Personal Persistence 

February 7 or 8, 2023
5:00 - 6:30 PM

A - Friday, March 08, 2024
B - Friday, March 15, 2024
5:30 - 8:30 PM

Elkins Auditorium

Beach House

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