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Philosopher Jean Bethke Elshtain to speak on September 11 and Cultural Memory

Who Jean Bethke Elshtain is a world-renowned political philosopher and social ethicist whose task has been to show the connections between our political and our ethical convictions. She was one of a small group of diverse clergy and scholars invited by President George W. Bush on September 20, 2001 to meet with the President and draft a statement to counsel Americans on the situation from a spiritual perspective. Her works include Augustine and the Limits of Politics and an edited volume, Just War Theory. She is the first Laura Spelman Rockefeller Professor of Social and Political Ethics at the University of Chicago.
What Professor Elshtain will speak on September 11 and Cultural Memory at the University of Chicago’s Graham School of General Studies. Her talk will address ways that those affected by September 11 have dealt with loss and the role of spirituality in an age of fear. She will also talk about the national day of catharsis that will be shared on September 11, 2002 and the effect the disaster will have on society moving forward. She will further address the role religion plays in the healing process coming out of a catastrophe wielded in the name of religion.
Where University of Chicago Gleacher Center
450 N. Cityfront Plaza (between the Equitable building and NBC tower along the north bank of the Chicago River)
Sixth Floor
When 6 p.m., September 17, 2002
Why The University of Chicago Graham School of General Studies is dedicated to convening and facilitating balanced inquiry and reasoned debate on matters of public concern and promotes the principles of respect for learning, scholarship, and informed citizenship. It is with this dedication that we have invited Jean Bethke Elshtain to address September 11 and Cultural Memory in a speech to the general public at our Humanities, Arts, and Sciences and Business and Professional Programs’ Open House.
Contacts Contact Allison Pay Crawford for more information regarding the program or the Graham School of General Studies at 773-702-6255 or
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