The Abdella Center for Ethics was established at Saint John's High School in 2003 by the Hon. Charles A. Abdella '60. The purpose of this annual lecture series is to encourage, promote and create a meaningful dialogue that appreciates the importance of individual ethical values in society, and provide a forum for the discussion, education and debate of ethical, philosophical and religious values in advancing social justice.
Admission to the annual Abdella lectures on the Saint John's campus in Shrewsbury is always free of charge, and all are invited.
Abdella lecturers in the past have come from the worlds of academia, finance, journalism and medicine. Each professional shares with the audience some of the ethical challenges or questions he or she faces in his line of work or field of study. Browse through pictures of recent Abdella lectures
Saint John's has been blessed to attract keenly sought lecturers over the years, including several who drew crowds well over 1,000 -- Holocaust historian and world peace advocate Elie Wiesel in 2005, developing world health care pioneer Paul Farmer in 2008, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David Rohde in 2010, and former Secretary of State and United Nations Ambassador Madeleine Albright in 2013.