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2023 Richard Gelwick Endowed Lecture

Berkeley Law Dean Erwin Chemerinsky will deliver the 2023 Richard Gelwick Endowed Lecture for the Hobby School of Public Affairs on Feb. 2 at 4 p.m. in the Shamrock Ballroom at the University of Houston Hilton.

The lecture will draw on Chemerinsky’s expertise as one of the nation’s leading constitutional scholars to explore the current U.S. Supreme Court, with special attention to the three justices who embrace the originalist approach to constitutional interpretation. Chemerinsky will discuss his book “Worse Than Nothing: The Dangerous Fallacy of Originalism” and provide a comprehensive analysis of the problems that make originalism a flawed and ideological method for interpreting the most fundamental law of the land.

Visitor Parking at the Welcome Center Garage

Enter the Welcome Center Garage (4434 University Drive) on Martin Luther King Blvd. As you exit the garage on foot, you will see the University of Houston Hilton on University Drive. Due to hotel construction, enter the UH Hilton through the side entrance near the courtyard to the hotel lobby. The Shamrock Ballroom is on the second floor of the building. For visitor parking rates and resources, click here. Self-parking is also available at the UH Hilton for $20.



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About the Richard Gelwick Endowed Lecture Series

richard-gelwickThe Richard Gelwick Endowed Lecture Series was created to honor the memory of Dr. Richard Gelwick. Gelwick encouraged the exploration and discovery of how science, faith and reason can help improve solutions to challenging public policy issues. An ordained minister and scholar, Dr. Gelwick addressed the dilemma of combining modern medical science with religious values and human needs in his life work. The Gelwick Endowed Lecture Series brings nationally prominent speakers annually to the University of Houston to discuss the importance and meaning of ethics in society.

Read more about Dr. Gelwick.

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Honors & Awards

The Polanyi Society



Gelwick Family Donates $100,000 to Expand Ethics in Society Lecture Series

The Elizabeth D. Rockwell Center on Ethics and Leadership at the University of Houston Hobby School of Public Affairs has received a generous donation for the Richard Gelwick Endowed Lecture Series. Allen Gelwick, son of Rev. Dr. Richard Gelwick, has given $100,000 to further the purpose and reach of the important lecture series. The Gelwick gift will be matched by the Hobby School of Public Affairs for a total contribution of $200,000. Read more.



Sue Collins with the Gelwick Family and Jim Granato