Harney, Room 240
Phone: (415) 422-6147
The Davies Forum was established by Mrs. Louise M. Davies of
San Francisco to enhance the University's efforts to produce future
leaders dedicated to public service and committed to ethical leadership.
The continuing theme of the Forum, "The Search for Values in
Contemporary America," provides an opportunity for all participants to
examine anew, and from different points of view, the turbulent state of
American society in the last half of the 20th century and into the 21st
Each semester a different group of selected students called
Davies Scholars participates in the interdisciplinary Davies Seminar
under the direction of that semester's Davies Professor. Thus far the
focus of these seminars has ranged from nuclear disarmament, leadership
and the American presidency, and American values in international
business, to lying and secrecy, ethics in sports, genetic engineering,
gender and family, and the environment.
A public lecture or series of lectures is presented by
eminent national and international leaders in government, religion,
education, business, and philosophy who address the issue of
Christian/Jesuit thought as applied to current social situations. The
lecturers, known as Davies Fellows, also take part in faculty colloquia,
classroom discussion, and University-wide presentations.. Recent Davies
Fellows have included Archbishop John R. Quinn, Mr. McGeorge Bundy, Mr.
Pierre Salinger, Dr. Sissela Bok, Ms. Betty Freidan, Dr. Douglas
Hofstadter, Dr. Amitai Etzioni, Rev. Jesse Jackson, Mr. Ralph Nader, and
Ms. Isabel Allende.
Information on the Davies Forum, its scholars, seminars,
guest speakers, and upcoming calendar of events, is available in the