TITLE: Dignity of the Human Person
SPEAKER: George Chrousos, Joan Halifax, Jennifer Hochschild, Theodore McCarrick, Abdulkarim Soroush, John Witte Jr.
EVENT DATE: 04/26/2011
FORMAT: Video + Captions
RUNNING TIME: 180 minutes
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What is "human dignity"? How important is it? What is its origin? Six distinguished scholars, in an informal conversation, probe the meaning of human dignity from a variety of historical, philosophical, religious, medical and social perspectives.
Speaker Biography: George Chrousos is a professor and chairman of the Department of Pediatrics at the Athens University Medical School in Greece. Previously, at the National Institutes of Health, he was chief of the Pediatric and Reproductive Endocrinology Branch of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development and director of the Pediatric Endocrinology Section and Training Program. Chrousos has been professor of Pediatrics, Physiology and Biophysics at Georgetown University Medical School in Washington, D.C. He is one of the world's most prominent clinical investigators.
Speaker Biography: Joan Halifax is a Buddhist teacher, Zen priest, anthropologist, and author. She is founder, abbot, and head teacher of Upaya Zen Center, a Buddhist monastery in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She has worked in the area of death and dying for over thirty years and is director of the Project on Being with Dying. For the past 25 years, she has been active in environmental work.
Speaker Biography: Jennifer L. Hochschild is Henry LaBarre Jayne Professor of Government and professor of African and African-American Studies at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. She studies the intersection of American politics and political philosophy, particularly racial and ethnic politics and policy, immigration, educational and social policy, and public opinion or political culture.
Speaker Biography: Cardinal Theodore McCarrick served as archbishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Washington from 2001 to 2006. On Feb. 21, 2001, just seven weeks after his installation as archbishop, McCarrick was elevated to the College of Cardinals by Pope John Paul II. As archbishop of Washington, McCarrick served as chancellor of The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., and president of the Board of Trustees of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. During his episcopate in Washington and throughout his life, McCarrick has placed an emphasis on education, vocations and meeting the needs of new immigrants, particularly in the Latino community.
Speaker Biography: Abdulkarim Soroush, formerly a senior fellow at the Research Institute for Human Sciences and Cultural Research and director of the Institute of Epistemological Research, both in Tehran, was a distinguished visiting scholar at the Kluge Center in 2009-2010. He is currently a visiting scholar at the University of Maryland.
Speaker Biography: John Witte Jr. a distinguished visiting scholar at the Kluge Center until the beginning of April 2011, is the Jonas Robitscher Professor of Law, the Alonzo L. McDonald Family Distinguished Professor and director of the Center for the Study of Law and Religion at Emory University.