Pacem in terris After 50 Years

Apr 04, 2013
Ida Noyes Hall, Max Palevsky Cinema
1212 E 59th St.
Chicago, IL 60637
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Roland MinnerathDijon, France

Mary Ann GlendonHarvard Law School

Joseph WeilerNew York University Law School

Russell HittingerUniversity of Tulsa

A Public Symposium in Celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Pope John XXIII’s Encyclical on Establishing Universal Peace on Earth

Roland MinnerathArchbishop of Dijon

Mary Ann GlendonHarvard Law School
Joseph WeilerNew York University Law School
Russell HittingerUniversity of Tulsa

On April 11, 1963, amid the global tensions of the Cold War, and shortly after the erection of the Berlin Wall, Pope John XXIII addressed his famous encyclical Pacem in terris to all people of good will. He invites them to consider the conditions for establishing universal peace on earth in truth, justice, charity, and liberty. On the 50th Anniversary of this event, this symposium will examine the affirmations of Pacem in terris as they bear on human rights, religious freedom, and the international political and economic order today.

Co-sponsored by the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago and the Center for Civil and Human Rights at the University of Notre Dame Law School

Roland Minnerath is the Archbishop of Dijon, France, president of the French Bishops Conference, a member of the International Theology Commission, and a member of the Pontifical Academy for Social Sciences. He was ordained priest in the Archdiocese of Strasbourg in 1978, and was made Archbishop of Dijon in 2004. He holds PhDs in Catholic theology and canon law from the Pontifical Gregorian University and Faculty of Theology at Strasbourg, where he also taught church history and canon law.

Mary Ann Glendon is the Learned Hand Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and president of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences. She served as U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See from 2008 to 2009.  She writes and teaches in the fields of human rights, comparative law, constitutional law, and political theory. Glendon served two terms as a member of the U.S. President’s Council on Bioethics (2001-2004), and has represented the Holy See at various conferences including the 1995 U.N. Women’s conference in Beijing. She is author of many articles and books, most recently, The Forum and the Tower: How Scholars and Politicians Have Imagined the World, from Plato to Eleanor Roosevelt (2011) and has lectured widely in this country and in Europe.  In May 2012, she was appointed to the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, an independent, bipartisan federal body that is principally responsible for reviewing the facts and circumstances of violations of religious freedom internationally and making policy recommendations to the president, secretary of state, and Congress.

Joseph Weiler is Joseph Straus Professor of Law and European Union Jean Monnet Chair at New York University Law School and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He also serves as Director of the Straus Institute for the Advanced Study of Law & Justice, The Tikvah Center for Law & Jewish Civilization, and The Jean Monnet Center for International and Regional Economic Law and Justice. Among his noted books are The Constitution of Europe, Un Europa Cristiana, and a novella, Der Fall Steinmann.

Russell Hittinger is the William K. Warren Professor of Catholic Studies and Research Professor of Law at the University of Tulsa. He is also a member of the Pontifical Academy of the Social Sciences and the Pontifical Academy of St. Thomas Aquinas.  Hittinger is the author of many books, including A Critique of the New Natural Law Theory, The First Grace: Rediscovering Natural Law in a Post-Christian Age, Thomas Aquinas the Rule of Law, and most recently Paper Wars: Catholic Social Doctrine and the Modern State (forthcoming).