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Lee Institute

In 1995, Ladue Chapel established the Lee Institute in response to a gift from E. Desmond Lee. The Institute, supported by an endowment from the Lee Foundation and by Ladue Chapel, seeks to provide stimulus and education for persons in the Ladue Chapel congregation and the Greater St. Louis community in order to:

  • Foster spiritual and religious growth;
  • Create public awareness of critical issues; and
  • Inspire further study, action and service that can make a difference in the world.

The Lee Institute Speaker Series is free & open to the public. We are a handicap accessible facility.

All events are held at Ladue Chapel Presbyterian Church.   For more information on a particular event, or to be placed on the Lee Institute mailing list, please leave a message for the Executive Director of the Lee Institute at 314-993-4771, ext. 3111 or you may use our convenient online form.


 Lee Institute Speaker Series

Next Speaker:

Sherry Turkle

Reclaiming Conversation



Ladue Chapel Sanctuary

Tuesday, October 4th at 7:00 p.m.

Left Bank Books and The Lee Institute at Ladue Chapel welcome renowned media scholar Sherry Turkle, who will sign and discuss her new book, Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age. A reception will follow the conversation, Q&A, and booksigning.

Ticket Information:

$19 admits one person and includes one paperback copy of Reclaiming Conversation. $24 admits two people, includes one paperback copy of Reclaiming Conversation, and $5 will be rebatable towards the purchase of a second copy at the event. Tickets available at

Sherry Turkle—renowned media scholar, tenured professor at MIT, and author of the New York Times bestseller Alone Together—has spent the last thirty years studying the psychology of our relationship with technology. Our technological universe has led to a flight from conversation where we sacrifice face-to-face exchanges for mere connection. Based on years of research, Turkle argues in Reclaiming Conversation that our relationship with technology endangers our capacity for empathy. When conversation is under assault, so too are our families, our friendships, our intimate relationships, our classrooms, our boardrooms, and our very sense of our selves.

This book makes a winning case for conversation, at the family dinner table or in the office,as the “talking cure” for societal and emotional ills.” —Publishers Weekly

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45-minute presentations followed by 15-minute question & answer discussion and a reception.


Don’t Miss:

Dr. Faisal Khan

Public Health is Everyone’s Business!



Ladue Chapel Sanctuary

Monday, October 10th at 7:30 p.m.

Lee Institute welcomes Faisal Kahn, Director of the St. Louis County Department of Public Health, public health physician and medical epidemiologist on Monday, October 10th at 7:30 p.m. in the Ladue Chapel Sanctuary. The 45-minute presentation will be followed by Q&A and a reception and is free and open to all.



Past Presenters

The public lecture series has brought many wonderful speakers to Ladue Chapel. In the past, we have been honored to host the following:

2015 – Launching a Career of Service:  Danny Ludeman and Concordance Academy

2014 – A Community Conversation: Batya Abramson-GoldsteinRev. Dr. David GreenhawDr. Ghazala Hayat, Timothy O’Leary, and Rev. Starsky Wilson; Moderated by Robert Duffy        – From Klinghoffer to Ferguson and Beyond

2014 – Dr. Mehnaz M. Afridi – Contemporary Issues of Muslim Women

2013 – Dr. Jeffrey L. Stout – Ends and Means in the Struggle for a Just Society

2013 – Stephen Prothero – Our Uncommon Creed: Reflections on the World’s Religion and American Politics

2012 – Brian D. McLaren – Why Did Jesus, Moses, the Buddha and Mohammed Cross the Road?

2012 – Dr. R. Marie Griffith – Religion, Sex, and Politics: An American History

2011 – Bob Abernethy – The Life of Meaning: Reflections on Faith, Doubt, & Repairing the World

2011 – “Living Green” – Chris Cedergreen – Living Green: Building a Sustainable Future 

2010 – Greg M. Epstein – Good Without God: What a Billion Non-Religious People Do Believe

2010 – Talia Leman – The Power of ANYone: What I Have Learned on My Journey

2009 – Peter Hessler – Instant Cities: Life in a Chinese Factory Town

2009 – David Robertson & Fred Bronstein – The Role of the Arts in the Quality of Life and Education

2009 – Lynne Twist – Money and the Soul’s Journey: The Miracle of Sufficiency

2008 – Ranya Idliby, Suzanne Oliver, Priscilla Warner – The Faith Club: Three Women  Search for Understanding

2008 – Nicholas D. Kristof – Reporting from Darfur: the First Genocide of the 21st Century

2007 – Minnijean Brown Trickey – Return to Little Rock: A 50th Anniversary Memoir

2007 – Ivy Beckwith – The Role of the Family in the Spiritual Formation of Children

2007 – Kathleen Norris – The Desert In Bloom: A Geography of Hope

2007 – Bruce Feiler – Can’t We All Get Along? Building Bridges for the 21st Century

2006 – Dr. Peter H. Raven – Biodiversity and Stewardship: Our Common Responsibility

2005 – David Gergen – Eyewitness to Power: Leadership in America

2005 – Huston Smith – Why Religion Matters – Now More Than Ever

2004 – John Stossel – Give Me a Break: The Media and How We Did It Wrong

2004 – Dr. Elaine Pagels – The Discovery of the Gnostic Gospels: New Views of Jesus and His  Message

2004 – Episcopal-Presbyterian Charitable Health & Medical Trust – Health & Faith in St. Louis: A Community Story

2003 – Rabbi Susan Talve – Building Community in a Fragile World

2003 – Rev. Dr. John Claypool, Ph.D. –  Mending the Heart

2003 – Laura S. Mendenhall – 21st Century Stewardship & Mission

2003 – Raymond Roberts, Ph.D. – Religion and Morality in America’s Public Schools

2003 – Hamilton Jordan – No Such Thing as a Bad Day

2002 – Dr. Jane E. Smith, Ph.D. – Building Success Through Public Service

2002 – Joyce Rupp – Spiritual Transformation of the Liberated Heart

2002 – Rev. Peter J. Gomes – Outer Turmoil – Inner Strength: A Strategy for Troubled Times

2001 – E.J. Dionne, Jr. – Issues of the Faith-Based Initiative

2001 – Rosalynn Carter – Helping Someone with Mental Illness

2000 – Morris Dees – Hope and Tolerance in the New Century

2000 – Rev. Dr. Robert Raines – Wake Up and Live: Essential Steps of Creative Living and Mid-Life and Beyond: Passage into the Elder Season

2000 – William H.  Willimon – The Oddness of Being Christian

1999 – Jonathan Kozol – Amazing Graces in the Lives of Children

1999 – Bill Moyers – Genesis and the Millennium

1998 – General Colin L. Powell – Challenges of a Changing World

1998 – Senator John C. Danforth – Exploring Ideas for Change: Including Everybody

1997 – Senator Nancy Kassebaum Baker – Public Service for the Common Good

1997 – Dr. Thomas G. Long – The Word We Cannot Say: Sin

1996 – Dr. Walter Brueggemann – Cadences Toward Home: The Contemporary Church in Exile

1996 – Dr. Cornel West – Race Matters

1995 – A.E. Hotchner – Shameless Exploitation in Pursuit of the Common Good

For more information about our facilities, please contact Ladue Chapel Presbyterian Church by phone (314-993-4771) or use our convenient online form.