About the Speakers
Professor of History,
John M. Regan Jr. Director,
Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies
University of Notre Dame
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 (Ph.D., University of Chicago, 1985) who studies modern religions and their capacity for both violence and peacebuilding, Appleby is the author or editor of several books, including Peacebuilding: Catholic Theology, Ethics and Praxis (2010), Strong Religion (2003), The Ambivalence of the Sacred: Religion, Violence and Reconciliation (2000), Spokesmen for the Despised: Fundamentalist Leaders of the Middle East (1997); Being Right: Conservative Catholics in America (1995) and Church and Age, Unite! The Modernist Impulse in American Catholicism (1992). He is the general editor of the Cornell University Press series, Catholicism in Twentieth Century America. From 1988 to 1993 Appleby was co-director of an interdisciplinary study of global religious resurgence; it culminated in the publication of the five-volume Fundamentalism Project, which he edited with Martin E. Marty. Appleby co-chaired the Chicago Council on Global Affairs' Task Force on Religion in U.S. Foreign Policy, which produced the report, "Engaging Religious Communities Abroad: A New Imperative for U.S. Foreign Policy" (2010). He is the lead editor of the Oxford University Press book series, Studies in Strategic Peacebuilding; director of the Notre Dame research and education project “Contending Modernities: Catholic, Muslim, Secular”; and co-director of a Social Science Research Council project on “Peacebuilding, Development and Religion.” Dr. Appleby serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Religion and The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science. A fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and of the American Academy of Political and Social Sciences, he is the recipient of three honorary doctorates.
E.J. Dionne Jr.
Columnist, The Washington Post
Senior Fellow, The Brookings Institution
University Professor in the Foundations of Democracy and Culture,
E.J. Dionne, Jr. is a syndicated columnist with The Washington Post, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and a professor at Georgetown University. He is the author of Souled Out: Reclaiming Faith and Politics After the Religious Right, which was published in January by Princeton University Press. He is also the author of Why Americans Hate Politics -- winner of the Los Angeles Times book prize and a National Book Award nominee -- They Only Look Dead: Why Progressives Will Dominate the Next Political Era, and Stand Up Fight Back: Republican Toughs, Democratic Wimps and the Politics of Revenge. He is the editor or co-editor of many other books, including the Pew Forum Dialogues on Religion & Public Life. Dionne graduated from Harvard University and received his doctorate from Oxford. He lives in Bethesda, Maryland with his wife and their three children.
Department of Political Science and International Relations
University of Delaware
Dr. Muqtedar Khan is Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science and International Relations at the University of Delaware. He earned his Ph.D. in International Relations, Political Philosophy, and Islamic Political Thought, from Georgetown University. He founding director of the Islamic Studies Program at the University of Delaware. Dr. Khan is a Fellow with the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding. He was a Senior Nonresident Fellow with the Brookings Institution and a Fellow of the Alwaleed Center at Georgetown University. He has been the President, Vice President and General Secretary of the Association of Muslim Social Scientists. He is the author of American Muslims: Bridging Faith and Freedom (Amana, 2002), Jihad for Jerusalem: Identity and Strategy in International Relations (Praeger, 2004), Islamic Democratic Discourse (Lexington Books, 2006) and Debating Moderate Islam: The Geopolitics of Islam and the West (University of Utah Press, 2007). Dr. Khan frequently comments on national and international radio and TV networks and his political commentaries appear regularly in newspapers in over 20 countries.
James W. Jones
Distinguished Professor of Religion and Adjunct Professor of Clinical Psychology,
Senior Research Fellow, Center on Terrorism,
John Jay College
James Jones is a professor of religion and an adjunct professor of clinical psychology at Rutgers University, as well as a senior research fellow at the Center on Terrorism at John Jay College in New York. He is also a lecturer in psychiatry and religion at Union Theological Seminary and a visiting professor at the University of Uppsala in Uppsala, Sweden. Jones holds doctorates in both clinical psychology (Rutgers University) and religious studies (Brown University), and is the author of ten books including In The Middle Of This Road We Call Our Life; Contemporary Psychoanalysis And Religion; Religion and Psychology in Transition; and Terror and Transformation: the Ambiguity of Religion in Psychoanalytic Perspective. He was awarded the William Bier Award by the Division of Psychology of religion at an annual meeting of the American Psychological Association for his contributions to the field and nominated for the Oskar Pfister Award for 2002.
Rabbi Irwin Kula
President, Clal - The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership
Rabbi Irwin Kula is president of Clal - The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership in New York City. Called by Fast Company Magazine and Religion and Ethics Newsweekly one of the leaders shaping the American spiritual landscape, Rabbi Kula received the 2008 Walter Cronkite Faith and Freedom Award and has been ranked by Newsweek as one of the Top 10 rabbis in America for the past three years. He has worked with leaders from the HH Dalai Lama to Queen Noor and with institutions and groups in Rwanda, Qatar, Bhutan, Australia, Europe and across the United States to promote religious pluralism and compassionate leadership. He has regularly appeared on The Today Show, blogs for “The Huffington Post” and WashingtonPost.com’s “On Faith,” and has also appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, The O’Reilly Factor, and Frontline. Rabbi Kula is author of the award-winning Yearnings: Embracing the Sacred Messiness of Life (2006) and created the public television special The Hidden Wisdom of our Yearnings (2006) as well as the acclaimed documentary Time for a New God (2004) and the public television special Simple Wisdom with Irwin Kula (2003).
Rachel C. Hale Professor of Sciences and Mathematics,
Co-Director, Solomon Asch Center for the Study of Ethnopolitical Conflict,
Bryn Mawr College
Clark McCauley is Rachel C. Hale Professor of Sciencesand Mathematics and co-director of the Solomon Asch Center for Study of Ethnopolitical Conflict at Bryn Mawr College. He received his Ph.D. in social psychology from the University of Pennsylvania in 1970. His research interests include stereotypes, group dynamics and intergroup conflict, and the psychological foundations of ethnic conflict and genocide. He is a consultant and reviewer for the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation for research on dominance, aggression and violence, and a principal investigator of the National Consortium for Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (NC-START). With Dan Chirot he is author of Why not kill them all? The logic of mass political murder and finding ways of avoiding it (Princeton University Press, 2006). With Sophia Moskalenko, he is author of Friction: How radicalization happens to them and us (Oxford University Press, 2011). He is founding editor of the journal, Dynamics of Asymmetric Conflict.
Michael J. Perry
Robert W. Woodruff Professor of Law,
University Distinguished Visiting Professor of Law and Peace Studies,
University of San Diego
Michael John Perry specializes in two areas: Human Rights Studies and Constitutional Studies. He is the author of twelve books and over seventy-five articles and essays. Since 2003, Perry has held a Robert W. Woodruff University Chair at Emory University, where he teaches in the law school. A Woodruff Chair is the highest honor Emory University bestows on a member of its faculty. Before coming to Emory, Perry was the inaugural occupant of the Howard J.Trienens Chair in Law at Northwestern University (1990-97), where he taught for fifteen years (1982-97). He then held the University Distinguished Chair in Law at Wake Forest University (1997-2003). Perry began his teaching career at the Ohio State University College of Law (1975-82) and has taught as a visiting professor at several law schools, including Yale (1978-79), Tulane (1987), New York Law School (1990), the University of Tokyo (1991), the University of Alabama (2005), and the University of Western Ontario, Canada (2009). During the 2009-10 and 2010-11 academic years, Perry is splitting his time between Emory University and the University of San Diego, where, during the fall semesters, as the University Distinguished Visiting Professor in Law and Peace Studies, he teaches a course on the morality and law of international human rights both to law students and to graduate students at the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies. Perry did his undergraduate work at Georgetown University, where he majored in philosophy and minored in religion (A.B., 1968), and studied law at Columbia University (J.D., 1973). He served as law clerk to U.S. District Judge Jack B. Weinstein (1973-74) and, a year later, to U.S. Circuit Judge Shirley M. Hufstedler (1974-75). In 1999, Perry was awarded an LL.D. (honoris causa) by St. John’s University, Collegeville, Minnesota.
Donald J. Schuenke Chair in Philosophy,
Margaret Urban Walker is Donald J. Schuenke Chair in Philosophy at Marquette University. Her most recent books, Moral Repair: Reconstructing Moral Relations after Wrongdoing (Cambridge, 2006) and What is Reparative Justice? (Marquette, 2010) explore the conditions of repair and justice in the aftermath of violence, oppression, or severe injustice. Margaret Walker taught for many years at Fordham University and recently at Arizona State University, where she was honored in 2007 with ASU's Defining Edge Research in Humanities Award. She was the first woman to hold the Cardinal Mercier Chair in Philosophy at the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium, in 2002, and was a Laurance S. Rockefeller Fellow at Princeton University's Center for Human Values in 2003-2004. She has worked on projects with the International Center for Transitional Justice on gendered violence and reparations, and on the significance of public truth-telling in the aftermath of violence. Her published works range over moral theory and moral psychology, the nature of responsibility and accountability, and the problem of social bias in ethical thinking. She is currently developing a conception of reparative justice and an approach to understanding the moral power and limits of truth-telling.