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The Merrin Moral Voices program promotes the importance of raising a moral voice in our society, an idea that is deeply rooted in Jewish values and culture. Each year, the series addresses a single social justice issue through programming, film, discussion, and social activism connected to that theme.

Our goal is to expose students to exemplars, regular women and men who have done extraordinary things in their communities. Their courage to raise a moral voice brings attention to injustices around the world and inspires us to take action ourselves.

Each year in a keynote address, activists show the importance of raising a moral voice in our society. Through the generosity and vision of the Heyman-Merrin family, the series encourages understanding and activism for the most important social issues of our time.

Merrin Distinguished Lecture Series

A prominent individual is invited to give a campus-wide lecture on each year’s theme. The 2014 speaker was playwright and activist Eve Ensler, who spoke about the V Project and the topic of Gender Based Violence. Past keynote speakers have included Eric Schlosser, Erin Brockovich, Nicholas Kristof, Paul Rusesabagina, Erin Gruwell, and former Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick.


The series includes panel discussions, lectures, lunch and learns, campus fairs, and themed Shabbats throughout the year. These intimate events are a chance to more closely examine all aspects of each year’s theme.


Merrin Moral Voices collaborates with student groups and organizations on campus to strengthen the quality of programming and to reach a wide range of students.

Previous Merrin Moral Voices Projects:

  • Moral Voices 2018-2019: Immigration
  • Moral Voices 2017-2018: Reproductive Rights
  • Moral Voices 2016-2017: Childrens’ Advocacy 
  • Moral Voices 2015-2016: Homelessness
  • Moral Voices 2014-2015: Gun Violence
  • Moral Voices 2013-2014: Gender Based Violence
  • Moral Voices 2012-2013: Food Justice
  • Moral Voices 2011-2012: Immigration Reform
  • Moral Voices 2010-2011: Women Worldwide
  • Moral Voices 2009-2010: Education
  • Moral Voices on Environmental Justice 2008-2009
  • Moral Voices on Economic Justice 2007-2008
  • Raising a Moral Voice 2006-2007
  • Moral Voices on Genocide 2005-2006