BETHANY, W.Va. – A Duquesne law professor who specializes in the law and religion and law and the secular will give the annual Larry E. Grimes Lecture Series address at Bethany College.

Bruce Ledewitz Grimes Lecture 2021Bruce Ledewitz, co-director of the Duquesne University School of Law’s Pennsylvania Constitution website, will deliver his address at 11:30 a.m. Oct. 7 outside Old Main. The lecture is titled “Law and the Liberal Arts Share the Same Quandary, Which Can Only Be Solved by Faith in the Universe.”

He founded the Allegheny County Death Penalty Project in 1981 and directed the organization for 13 years. He also co-founded the Western Pennsylvania Coalition Against the Death Penalty and is a former secretary of the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty.

Ledewitz is a public affairs columnist for the Pennsylvania Capital Star and is the author of four books, including the forthcoming “The Universe Is on Our Side: Restoring Faith in American Public Life” from Oxford University Press.

He also writes the blog Hallowed Secularism.

He holds degrees from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and Yale Law School.
The Larry Grimes Lecture Series is part of the annual Bethany Homecoming celebration and is free to attend. The Bethany College Alumni Council hosts the event.

The annual lecture honors longtime Bethany English professor and renowned Hemingway Scholar Larry Grimes. He spent 39 years teaching students to learn from and love literature, and in 2014 Grimes personally delivered the inaugural lecture.


Bethany College, founded in 1840, is the oldest private college in West Virginia. The Bethany experience focuses on academic excellence in the area of liberal arts and prepares students for a lifetime of work and a life of significance.