The Smith Lecture is very proud to announce that this year's lecture will be delivered by Os Guinness.
Os will speak on the topic "is there a future for humanity?"
The 20th century started by hailing the triumph of humanism, but ended with the recognition that ‘post-Auschwitz, post-Hiroshima and pre-Singularity’ humanity faces unprecedented challenges that call humanity itself into question. Never has the view of humans made in the image of God been more necessary and more timely.
Os is a well-regarded author and social critic. He is regularly invited to offer a Christian's perspective on social and political trends. He has a keen interest in the relevance of Christian thought in the public square.
Great-great-great grandson of Arthur Guinness, the Dublin brewer, he was born in China in World War Two where his parents were medical missionaries. He completed his undergraduate degree at the University of London and his D.Phil in the social sciences from Oriel College, Oxford.
Before moving to the United States in 1984, Os was a freelance reporter with the BBC. Since then he has been a Guest Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Studies, a Guest Scholar and Visiting Fellow at the Brookings Institution, and Senior Fellow at the Trinity Forum and the EastWest Institute in New York. From 1986 to 1989, Os served as Executive Director of the Williamsburg Charter Foundation, a bicentennial celebration of the First Amendment. In this position he helped to draft “The Williamsburg Charter” and later “The Global Charter of Conscience,” which was published at the European Union Parliament in 2012. Os has spoken at dozens of the world’s major universities, and spoken widely to political and business conferences on many issues, including religious freedom, across the world. Os has written or edited more than thirty books. He lives with his wife Jenny in the Washington, DC, area.