April 22 ,2008 | Lincoln Center Campus
This conference addressed major issues at the intersection of gender and social justice, and the role religious traditions play in understanding and advancing positions on these issues in the public arena, particularly in the United States in an election year. We live in an era of change and public contention over a host of issues relating to marriage, family and men’s and women’s participation in communities, workplaces and politics. Because they involve understandings of justice and well-being for individuals and groups, gender-related social and political debates inevitably implicate moral and religious questions. Offering a spectrum of informed religious and interdisciplinary perspectives, the conference aimed to provide a forum for considering social justice and equality for men and women, as well as illuminating ways that gender-related beliefs and practices, which are often religiously influenced, affect economic and social policy and female representation in government. Special attention was given to how these questions may influence the 2008 presidential campaign and its outcomes. The keynote address was delivered by Donna Brazile, Chair of the Democratic National Committee Voting Rights Institute, former campaign manager for Gore 2000 and author of Cooking with Grease: Stirring the Pots in American Politics (Simon & Schuster, 2004). For more information, see the conference website.
Gloria H. Albrecht, PhD
Professor of Religious Studies and Women’s and Gender Studies at University of Detroit Mercy. Dr. Albrecht is also a minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA).
As a Christian feminist ethicist, she focuses on issues of social justice, particularly economic issues, especially as they are revealed through women’s work and lives, with particular attention to the impact of race/ethnicity and class. She is the author of two books, Hitting Home: Feminist Ethics, Women’s Work and the Betrayal of “Family Values” (2002) and The Character of Our Communities: Toward an Ethic of Liberation for the Church (1995), and several articles addressing anti-family economic practices.
Etin Anwar, PhD
Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Geneva, New York.
Dr. Anwar is the author of Gender and Self in Islam (2006). In her book, she examines the theological, cultural and social roots of hierarchical gender system in the Muslim communities and its impact on the constitution of the self. The book traces the historical and contemporary patterns of women’s lives, including their oppressions and their resistances to what is accepted as the philosophical and Islamic truth of being men and women in the Muslim world. Anwar has published several articles on Ibn Sina, Meister Eckhart, Ibn Arabi, and women’s movements in Indonesia.
Rabbi Tsvi Blanchard, PhD
Director, National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership (CLAL)
Dr. Blanchard is a philosopher and psychologist who has spoken and written widely on ethics, healing, spirituality and the environment. Among other works, he is co-author of Embracing Life and Facing Death: A Jewish Guide to Palliative Care and teaches Jewish Law at Fordham Law School.
Founder and Managing Director, Brazile and Associates, LLC; Chair of the Democratic National Committee's Voting Rights Institute (VRI); Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University.
Don Browning, PhD
Alexander Campbell Professor Emeritus of Religious Ethics and the Social Sciences, Divinity School, University of Chicago
Dr. Brownings books include Generative Man (1973, 1975, National Book Award Finalist in 1974), Religious Thought and the Modern Psychologies (1987, 2004), the co-authored From Culture Wars to Common Ground: Religion and the American Family Debate (1997, 2000), Marriage and Modernization (2003), and Equality and the Family (2007). From 2001-2003, he was Woodruff Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies, School of Law, Emory University. From 1991 to 2003, he was the director of the Lilly Endowment supported Religion, Culture, and Family Project.
Sidney Callahan, PhD
Licensed psychologist, scholar, and author
Dr. Callahan was a tenured professor of psychology at Mercy College and has held visiting chairs of moral theology and psychology at Georgetown and St. John's University. She is also on the advisory committee of the Center for Ethics and Culture at the University of Notre Dame.
Susan J. Carroll, PhD
Professor of Political Science and Women’s and Gender Studies at Rutgers University and Senior Scholar at the Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP) of the Eagleton Institute of Politics
Dr. Carroll is the author of Women as Candidates in American Politics (Indiana University Press, Second Edition, 1994); editor of The Impact of Women in Public Office (Indiana University Press, 2001) and Women and American Politics: New Questions, New Directions (Oxford University Press, 2003); and co-editor of Gender and Elections: Shaping the Future of American Politics (Cambridge University Press, 2006). She has also published numerous journal articles and book chapters focusing on women candidates, voters, elected officials, and political appointees. Her recent research focuses on gender and political representation and the role of gender in elections.
Monsignor Charles Fahey
Marie Ward Doty Professor of Aging Studies (Emeritus) and Program Officer, Milbank Memorial Fund
Charles Fahey, a priest of the diocese of Syracuse, is Marie Ward Doty Professor of Aging Studies (emeritus) at Fordham, where he also directed the Third Age Center. He has served on the boards of organizations and institutions concerned about aging. Currently, he is a program officer of the Milbank Memorial Fund and Chair of the National Council on Aging.
Nicole Fermon, PhD
Professor of Political Science, Fordham University
Nicole Fermon is Professor of Political Science and located on the Lincoln Center campus. She specializes in political theory and feminist thought. Professor Fermon teaches courses on the history of political thought (ancient, modern, and contemporary) as well as courses in democracy, nationalism, women's studies and film. She has written on nationalism and Rousseau, on Sarah Kofman and the Holocaust, on Luce Irigaray and micro-credit.
Celia Fisher, PhD
Marie Ward Doty Professor of Psychology and Director, Center for Ethics Education, Fordham University
Dr. Fisher has more than 100 publications to her name, including Decoding the Ethics Code: A Practical Guide for Psychologists (2003), and has received federal funding for ethics research. She chairs the Environmental Protection Agency's Human Research Subjects Board and has served on the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary's Advisory Committee on Human Research Protections, and as chair of the American Psychological Association's Ethics Code Task Force.
Richard Fleisher, PhD
Professor of Political Science, Fordham University
Richard Fleisher, a Professor of Political Science at Fordham University, has published widely on the causes and consequences of partisan polarization in American politics. His research on polarization has appeared in such journals as the American Political Science Review, British Journal of Political Science, Journal of Politics, and Political Research Quarterly as well as in chapters in several edited volumes.
Christine Firer Hinze, PhD
Professor of Theology and Associate Director, Center for Ethics Education, Fordham University
Dr. Hinze is the author of Comprehending Power in Christian Social Ethics (1995) and has published extensively on foundational issues in Christian social ethics, Christian feminist ethics, and Catholic social thought in relation to economy, family and work, and social transformation. Her current book project is a Catholic feminist treatment of just work in the twenty-first century.
Costas Panagopoulos, PhD
Assistant Professor of Political Science and Director, Center for Electoral Politics and Democracy, Fordham University
Prof. Panagopoulos is also a research associate at the Institution for Social and Policy Studies at Yale University, where he completed a postdoctoral fellowship in 2006. Dr. Panagopoulos was selected by the American Political Science Association as a Congressional Fellow during 2004-2005, and he served in the office of Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY). He has also been a Visiting Research Scholar at the Institute for Politics, the Internet and Democracy at the Graduate School for Political Management at George Washington University and is a Research Fellow at the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies at American University, both in Washington, DC. Panagopoulos is President/CEO of XVOTES, a New York-based political strategy firm.
Kenneth Wald, PhD
Distinguished Professor of Political Science, University of Florida
Kenneth D. Wald is Distinguished Professor of Political Science at the University of Florida. He has written about the relationship of religion and politics in the United States, Great Britain, and Israel. His most recent books include Religion and Politics in the United States (2007, 5th ed.), The Politics of Cultural Differences: Social Change and Voter Mobilization Strategies in the Post-New Deal Period (2002, co-author), and The Politics of Gay Rights (2000, coedited with Craig Rimmerman and Clyde Wilcox).