Symposium Honoring Jean Bethke Elshtain Will be Friday, March 17

March 15, 2017
Jean Bethke ElshtainJean Bethke Elshtain, courtesy photo

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WACO, Texas (March 15, 2017) – A symposium honoring Jean Bethke Elshtain, an American political philosopher, will be at 10 a.m. March 17.

Elshtain was a visiting Distinguished Professor at Baylor University’s Institute for Studies of Religion (ISR) and the department of political science from 2011 to 2013. She was a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and served on the boards of the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton and the National Humanities Center.

The panel discussion will honor Elshtain’s career and be a time to dedicate the Jean Bethke Elshtain book collection, which her family donated to Baylor University. The collection is at Baylor’s ISR in Pat Neff Hall, 1320 S. Seventh St.

Susan Hanssen, associate professor and chair of history at the University of Dallas, will speak on “Elshtain on Jane Addams: The Role of Private Charity in a Welfare State.”

The panel discussion will be moderated by Byron R. Johnson, co-director of ISR and Distinguished Professor of the Social Sciences. Panel members will be: L. Gregory Jones, executive vice president and provost; David Corey, associate professor of political science in the Honors Program; and Darin Davis, vice president for University Mission and director of the Institute for Faith and Learning.

The symposium will be in Cox Lecture Hall in Armstrong Browning Library, 710 Speight Ave.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit the ISR website.

by Kelsey Dehnel, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805


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