“Religious factors in the Diplomacy of Violent Conflicts” - Address to the conference on “International Politics, Diplomacy and Religion” held in Fiesole by the European University Institute, May 5, 2015.  Other speakers at this conference were all diplomats (ambassadors, senior advisors to foreign ministries, NGO heads).  Unable to attend in person for reasons of heath, but the address and full discussion were held nevertheless by Skype.

​“The Nuremberg Race Laws” - Conference on Law, Ethics and the Third Reich, Boston College, March 10, 2015.


“A Sense of Resurrection: Recovery in the Catholic Church,” Ecclesiastical Investigations Conference, “Vatican II - Remembering the Future: Ecumenical, Interfaith and Secular Perspectives on the Council’s Impact and promise.”  Follow-up to the Helmick book, The Crisis of Confidence in the Catholic Faith (Volume 17 of the series Ecclesiastical Investigations, Bloomsbury, 2014).  Unable to attend because of hospitalization, but the talk will appear among the published conference papers.​ 


 "Initiatives for China/Citizen Power for China" - Keynote Address, Conference on China, 9th Interethnic/Interfaith Leadership Conference Series begun in 2000 by Dr.Yang Jianli, with the support of His Holiness the Dalai Lama among other world human rights leaders, April 24, 2014, Taipei, Taiwan.  A further supplementary talk on April 26.

"Just Peace in Past and Present Context: Climate Change as Threat to Peace and Future" University of Iceland, May 3, 2014


 “Pathways for Reconciliation” - Assisi Conference of Ecclesiastical Investigations, “Where We Dwell in Common: pathways for Dialogue in the 21st Century,” April 20, 2012. 


 “Readiness to Hear One Another” - Keynote Address at the Niamh Conference, Belfast, Northern Ireland, Journey Towards Healing, “Trauma and Spirituality: An International Dialogue,” March 9, 2011.  The conference was otherwise held at the Europa Hotel in Belfast, but this Welcoming Address was given in The Great Hall, Parliament Building, Stormont. 


 ​​“The Church and the Middle East” -  Marquette University, September 17, 2009 


 "The Moral Imagination"  - Convocation Address, Gordon College, February 9, 2007.
For a Jesuit speaking at the Protestant Gordon College, a properly Jesuit theme seemed appropriate, hence an exposition of the Praesupponendum of the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises.

"Seeing the Image of God in Others: key to the Transformation of Conflicts" - CSPC, St. Paul’s Church, Cambridge, MA , April 21, 2007

​“Respect for the Person: Saving the Proposition of the Other" - Massachusetts Bible Society, May 16, 2007.


 ​​“Will it be Hamas that makes Peace with Israel?” - Address to the Middle East Seminar, directed by Professor Herbert Kelman for the Weatherhead Institute, Harvard University, report on visit to Khalid Mish’al, November 9, 2006.​


 "Pursuit of Peace, Pursuit of Human Rights" - Stadtschlaining Conference On Human Rights and the Middle East Conflict, February 6, 2005 


 “Spirituality in Current Contexts: Engagement or Retreat?” -  Headquarters of the Moravian Brethren, Hermhut, Germany, June 13, 1996.