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John Witte, Jr., 2012 Cary and Ann Maguire Chair in Ethics and American History.

Purpose

A senior scholar position to explore the history of America with special attention to the ethical dimensions of domestic economic, political, and social policies.

Appointment

By the Librarian of Congress.

Research Focus

The appointed scholar conducts research on the ethical issues associated with leadership in the United States and/or on the ethical implications of significant issues, events and movements in American History.

The research includes, but is not limited to, the conduct of politics and of government at all levels of American life and in all branches of government, and at the role in religion, business, urban affairs, law, science and medicine in the ethical dimension of leadership. The Chairholder concentrates on domestic American matters with special emphasis on how law relates to ethics.

Contributions

The goal is for research that will illuminate the responsible use of ethical knowledge for the public good.

It is hoped that the Chairholder will add new substance to the intellectual and ethical life of the capital. It is also hoped that the Chairholder will pursue a new and refreshing voice in the intellectual milieu of Washington, D.C., and will bring both philosophical depth and historical perspective to the research.

A major address towards the end of the Chairholder's tenure is one of the major intellectual occasions at the Library of Congress.

About Cary Maguire

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Cary Maguire is Chair and President of Maguire Oil Company and Maguire Energy Company and Chair of Components Corporation of America and Staco Inc., California.

A member of the James Madison Council of the Library of Congress, his national leadership positions include serving on The National Petroleum Council, the Executive Committee of Mid-Continental Oil and Gas Association.

Maguire is a trustee emeritus of Southern Methodist University where he gave the founding grant to create the Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility and also endowed a university-wide professorship in ethics.

 

Chair Holders

David Hollenbach - Ninth Maguire Chair (2015)

David Hollenbach

David Hollenbach, S.J., a theologian and scholar of human rights, theories of justice and ethics, will be the ninth holder of the Cary and Ann Maguire Chair in Ethics and American History at the Library of Congress Kluge Center. While in residence, Hollenbach will research his current book project, tentatively titled “Humanity in Crisis: Religious and Ethical Responses to War and Disaster.” The book will explore the role of faith-based communities in responding to humanitarian crises.

Robin Lovin - Eighth Maguire Chair (2013)

Robin Lovin

A distinguished theologian and professor of ethics, at the Library of Congress Lovin researched the 20th-century American theologian Reinhold Niebuhr, his theories of Christian realism and the possibility for moral deliberation in politics. Read announcement

John Witte, Jr. - Seventh Maguire Chair (2012)

John Witte, Jr.

A specialist in legal history, marriage law and religious liberty, Witte is Jonas Robitscher Professor of Law, Alonzo L. McDonald Family Distinguished Professor and director of the Center for the Study of Law and Religion at Emory University. At the Library, Witte investigated the historic evolution of the Western tradition of marriage and the reasons for the current-day prohibition of polygamy. Witte also serves as a member of the Library of Congress Scholars Council. Read announcement

James F. Childress - Sixth Maguire Chair (2010)

James Childress

The John Allen Hollingsworth Professor of Ethics at the University of Virginia, Childress teaches in the Department of Religious Studies and directs the Institute for Practical Ethics and Public Life. At the Kluge Center, Childress worked on two books: one on public bioethics, and the other on the possibilities and limitations of a reconstructed theory of just war. Read announcement

William F. May - Fifth Maguire Chair (2007)

William May

A leading scholar in the field of medical ethics, at the Kluge Center May conducted research on the shift of political anxieties in the West, from the mindset during the Cold War (the West vs. tyranny) to the current apprehensions (the West vs. anarchy). Read announcement

Louis Galambos - Fourth Maguire Chair (2006)

Louis Galambos

A professor of history at The Johns Hopkins University, Galambos was editor of the 21-volume publication "The Papers of Dwight David Eisenhower" from 1971 to 1995, and co-editor with Daun van Ee, a curator in the Manuscript Division at the Library of Congress, from 1995 to 2001. Read announcement

Mark Noll - Third Maguire Chair (2004)

Mark Noll

A prolific author, who has written extensively on Christianity and Evangelicalism. Among his many books are: "The Work We Have to Do : A History of Protestants in America" (2002); "A History of Christianity in the United States and Canada" (1992); "The Scandal of the Evangelical Mind" 1994); "America's God: From Jonathan Edwards to Abraham Lincoln" (2002); "Between Faith and Criticism: Evangelicals, Scholarship, and the Bible in America" (1986); and "Adding Cross to Crown: the Political Significance of Christ's Passion" (1996). Read announcement

Jean Bethke Elshtain - Second Maguire Chair (2003)

Jean Bethke Elshtain

Regularly named as one of America’s foremost public intellectuals, Elshtain was Laura Spelman Rockefeller Professor of Social and Political Ethics in the Divinity School of the University of Chicago, with appointments in Political Science and the Committee on International Relations. She was a frequent writer for journals of civic opinion and lectured widely in the United States and abroad on themes of democracy, ethical dilemmas, religion and politics, and international relations.

John T. Noonan - First Maguire Chair (2001)

John T. Noonan

A philosopher, theologian, historian and poet, Noonan is an accomplished jurist and scholar of law. In 1985 he was appointed as Senior United States federal judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit by President Ronald Reagan.

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Maguire Lectures

A major public address towards the end of the Chairholder's tenure is one of the major intellectual occasions at the Library of Congress. Lectures are filmed and placed on the Library of Congress webcast page. Click the webcast links below to view past Maguire lectures.

Robin Lovin

Robin Lovin

"Ethics, Politics and Institutions: A Moral Vocabulary for Modern Democracy." Robin Lovin argues that contemporary politics is plagued by what he terms a shrinking moral vocabulary and examines ways to reverse the trend. [January 23, 2014]

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John Witte, Jr.

John Witte, Jr.

Why Two in One Flesh: The Western Case for Monogamy Over Polygamy.” John Witte explores arguments for monogamy over polygamy in western culture. [April 30, 2013]

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James F. Childress

James Childress

Respecting Conscience, Protecting Patients: Unresolved Tensions in American Health Care.” James F. Childress examines controversies surrounding the conscientious refusals of health professionals to provide legal but morally contested health-care services. [May 6, 2010]

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William F. May

William May

Containing Runaway Fear in Foreign Policy: Recovering Our National Identity.” William May discusses the religious apprehensions, such as good versus evil, embedded in American politics. [November 29, 2007]

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Louis Galambos

Louis Galambos

Business in History.” Louis Galambos explains American concerns about corporate accountability during the 20th century. [June 14, 2006]

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Mark Noll

Mark Noll

The Bible in American Public Life, 1860-2005.” Mark Noll explains how using the Bible in a political context can present some interesting questions and dilemmas. [April 21, 2005]

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Jean Bethke Elshtain

Jean Bethke Elshtain

Harry Potter, St. Augustine, and the Confrontation with Evil.” Jean Bethke Elshtain discusses St. Augustine's discourse on evil and his rejection of a dualistic universe in which evil is an active, freestanding principle poised against good.

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Selection of the Maguire Chair

The Cary and Ann Maguire Chair is appointed by the Librarian of Congress.

No applications or nominations are accepted for this senior scholar position.

To view other scholar opportunities, please return to the Chairs & Fellowships page.

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