Scheduled Speakers


R. Scott Appleby is Professor of History and the John M. Regan Jr. Director of the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame.  A historian of religion who earned the Ph.D. from the University of Chicago, Professor Appleby is the author of The Ambivalence of the Sacred: Religion, Violence and Reconciliation.  He co-directed with Martin Marty the Fundamentalism Project of the American Academy of the Arts and Sciences.  He is coeditor, with Martin E. Marty, of Fundamentalisms Comprehended and four previous volumes in the University of Chicago Press series on global fundamentalisms.  He has also served as Director for the Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism at the University of Notre Dame.

Fred Dallmayr is Packey J. Dee Professor in the Departments of Government and Philosophy at the University of Notre Dame.  He holds a Doctor of Law degree from the University of Munich and a Ph.D. in political science from Duke University.  He has been a visiting professor at Hamburg University and the New School for Social Research, and a Fellow at Nuffield College in Oxford.  He spent 1991-92 in India on a Fulbright grant.  Among his many publications are: Beyond Dogma and Despair; Twilight of Subjectivity; Language and Politics; Critical Encounters; Margins of Political Discourse; Between Freiburg and Frankfurt; Life-World, Modernity and Critique; G.W.F. Hegel  Modernity and Politics; The Other Heidegger; Beyond Orientalism:  Essays on Cross-Cultural Encounter; Alternative Visions: Paths in the Global Village; and Border Crossings.

Jean Bethke Elshtain is Laura Spelman Rockefeller Professor of Social and Political Ethics in the University of Chicago Divinity School, the Department of Political Science, and the Committee on International Relations.  A political philosopher, her task has been to show the connections between our political and ethical convictions.  Her books include Public Man, Private Woman; Women and War; Democracy on Trial; Augustine and the Limits of Politics; Real Politics: At the Center of Everyday Life, and most recently, Who Are We?  Professor Elshtain is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences; Chair of the Council on Civil Society; and a member of the Board of Trustees of the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton University and the National Humanities Center.

Robert Gallucci is Dean of the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University.  He began his career with the State Department in 1974 and continues to serve as Special Envoy to combat the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.  Previously, he served as Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs and Deputy Executive Chairman of the United Nations Special Commission overseeing the disarmament of Iraq.  As Ambassador-at-Large (1994-1996) he was responsible for, among other things, negotiating the nuclear nonproliferation agreement with North Korea in 1994 and leading the civilian rebuilding effort in Bosnia in 1996. He has taught at the National War College, Swarthmore College, and The Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.  Dr. Gallucci was the recipient of fellowships from the Council on Foreign Relations, The International Institute for Strategic Studies, Harvard University and the Brookings Institution, and is the author of Neither Peace nor Honor: The Politics of American Military Policy in Viet Nam.

Paul Griffiths is Arthur J. Schmitt Chair of Catholic Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago. His main intellectual interests are in Christian theology and philosophy, Indian Buddhist thought, and inter-religious dialogue and apologetics. Major publications include:  On Being Mindless: Buddhist Meditation and the Mind-Body Problem; Christianity Through Non-Christian Eyes;  An Apology for Apologetics: A Study in the Logic of Interreligious Dialogue; On Being Buddha: The Classical Doctrine of Buddhahood; Religious Reading: The Place of Reading in the Practice of Religion; and the forthcoming Exploring Religious Diversity. He has also written five other books as co-author or editor, over thirty academic articles, and numerous book reviews and translations.

Rev. J. Bryan Hehir is Professor of the Practice in Religion and Society and Chair of the Executive Committee at Harvard Divinity School.  He also serves as Counselor to Catholic Relief Services in Baltimore, Maryland and Faculty Associate at Harvard University Weatherhead Center for International Affairs.  From 1973 to 1992, Father Hehir served in Washington at the U.S. Catholic Conference of Bishops and at Georgetown University.  At the Bishops Conference he was Director of the Office of International Affairs (1973-83), Secretary of the Department of Social Development and World Peace (1984-88) and Counselor for Social Policy (1988-92).  At Georgetown he served as the Joseph P. Kennedy Professor of Christian Ethics in the School of Foreign Service at the Kennedy Institute of Ethics.  From 1991-92 he was Associate Vice President for Church and University issues.  Professor Hehir’s writing and research engage issues of ethics, foreign policy and international relations as well as Catholic social ethics and the role of religion in world politics.  Publications include: “Military Intervention and National Sovereignty”; “Expanding Military Intervention: Promise or Peril?”; “Catholicism and Democracy: Conflict, Change and Collaboration”; “The Just-War Ethic Revisited.”

Robin W. Lovin is Dean and Professor of Ethics at Perkins School of Theology of Southern Methodist University. His writings include two studies of twentieth century Christian social ethics: Christian Faith and Public Choices: The Social Ethics of Barth, Brunner, and Bonhoeffer (1984), and Reinhold Niebuhr and Christian Realism (1994).  He has also written extensively on religion and law and comparative religious ethics.  He was President of the Society of Christian Ethics for 1999-2000.

General James P. McCarthy, United States Air Force, Retired, is the Olin Professor of National Security at the U.S. Air Force Academy.  During his 35-year military career, his operational command positions included a fighter squadron in Vietnam (where he flew 152 combat missions), two bomber wings, 8th Air Force, and Deputy Commander in Chief, U.S. European Command where he had day-to-day responsibility for all U.S. forces in Europe.  Among his numerous Pentagon assignments, he was Director of Legislative Liaison with the U.S. Congress.  General McCarthy is a member of the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board and was recently chairman of the Task Force for Kosovo—Lessons Learned.  He served on the National Defense Panel to assess the Quadrennial Review and on the Defense Policy Board advising the Secretary of Defense.  He was also vice-chairman of the Defense Science Board on Intelligence Support for Bosnia Operations. He is a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Technical Advisory Group and currently serves on the boards of a number of business, professional, educational, and non-profit organizations.

Susanne Hoeber Rudolph is the William Benton Distinguished Service Professor of Political Science and took her Ph.D. from Harvard in 1955. She studies comparative politics with special interest in the political economy and political sociology of South Asia, state formation, Max Weber, and the politics of category and culture. She is author of Transnational Religion; Education and Politics in India; In Pursuit of Lakshmi: the Political Economy of the Indian State; and Essays on Rajputana. Rudolph also edited Agrarian Power and Agricultural Productivity in South Asia. She is also Director of the Workshop on Theory and Practice in South Asia.

Margaret O’Brien Steinfels has been editor of Commonweal since 1988. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the New Republic, and other publications. She is author of Who’s Minding the Children? The History and Politics of Day Care in America. Before coming to Commonweal, Ms. Steinfels was director of publications at the National Pastoral Life Center and editor of its journal, Church. From 1981 to 1984, she worked as executive editor and business manager of Christianity and Crisis. She has also worked as a social science editor at Basic Books and as editor of the Hastings Center Report. Ms. Steinfels is a graduate of Loyola University, Chicago, and New York University. She lives in Manhattan, and is married to Peter Steinfels, columnist for the New York Times. They have two grown children.





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