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Antonio DamasioScholars Council, 2001 - 2013
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Cary and Ann Maguire Chair in Ethics and American History, 2003
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Harry Potter, St. Augustine and the Confrontation with Evil.
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A Conversation on Human Dignity at Kluge Center on April 26, 2011

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JEAN BETHKE ELSHTAIN, regularly named as one of America’s foremost public intellectuals, is the 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, and holder of the Leavey Chair in the Foundations of American Freedom, Georgetown University. Dr. Elshtain’s books include Public Man, Private Woman: Women in Social and Political Thought; Meditations on Modern Political Thought; Women and War; Democracy on Trial (a New York Times notable book for 1995); Real Politics: At the Center of Everyday Life; Augustine and the Limits of Politics; Who are We? Critical Reflections, Hopeful Possibilities (recipient of the Theologos Award for Best Academic Book 2000 by the Association of Theological Booksellers); Jane Addams and the Dream of American Democracy (honored by the Society of Midland Authors in 2002); Just War Against Terror: The Burden of American Power in a Violent World (named one of the best non-fiction books of 2003 by Publishers Weekly); and Sovereignty: God, State, and Self (her Gifford Lectures, published 2008).

Professor Elshtain writes frequently for journals of civic opinion and lectures widely in the United States and abroad on themes of democracy, ethical dilemmas, religion and politics, and international relations. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences; a Guggenheim Fellow; a Fellow at the Bellagio Center of the Rockefeller Foundation; holder of the Maguire Chair in Ethics and American History at the Library of Congress (2003); a Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies, Princeton, where she also served on the Board of Trustees. She has been a Phi Beta Kappa Lecturer and in 2002 she received the Goodnow Award, the highest award bestowed by the American Political Science Association for distinguished service to the profession. She has served on the Board of the National Humanities Center and currently is a member of the Council of the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Board of the National Endowment for Democracy. In 2008 she was appointed by President Bush to the President’s Council on Bioethics. In 2006, she delivered the prestigious Gifford Lectures at the University of Edinburgh, joining such previous Gifford Lecturers as William James, Hannah Arendt, Karl Barth, and Reinhold Niebuhr.

Dr. Elshtain died suddenly on August 11, 2013.