The Sovereign Self and Liberal Learning

Symposium Video

December 1, 2010
Kayser Auditorium
Hankamer School of Business

Jean Bethke Elshtain, the Laura Spelman Rockefeller Professor of Social and Political Ethics, Divinity School, The University of Chicago; Leavey Chair in the Foundations of American Freedom, Georgetown University

About Dr. Jean Bethke Elshtain

Jean Bethke ElshtainJean Bethke Elshtain, a political philosopher whose task has been to show the connections between our political and our ethical convictions, has edited numerous books, written frequently for journals of civic opinion, and presented lectures on themes of democracy, ethical dilemmas, religion and politics, and international relations.

Her 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); 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 nonfiction books of 2003 by Publishers Weekly); and Sovereignty: God, State, and Self (her University of Edinburgh Gifford Lectures, published 2008).

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 at the Library of Congress; and a Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies, Princeton, where she also served on the Board of Trustees.