"Pacem in Terris after Fifty Years: Lessons for the Middle East?" at Harvard Law School

Mar 28, 2014
Austin Hall, Room 100 North
1515 Massachusetts Ave.
Cambridge, MA 02138
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Russell HittingerUniversity of Tulsa

Andrew J. BacevichBoston University

Habib C. MalikLebanese American University Byblos

Mary Ann GlendonHarvard Law School


Russell Hittinger (University of Tulsa)
Andrew Bacevich (Boston University)
Habib Malik (Lebanese American University)
Mary Ann Glendon (Harvard Law School)


On April 11, 1963, amid the tensions of the Cold War, and shortly after the erection of the Berlin Wall, Pope John XXIII addressed his 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. This symposium will examine the affirmations of Pacem in terris as they bear today on human rights, religious freedom, and the international political and economic order with special consideration of the situation of Christians in the Middle East.

This event is the inaugural event of the New England Forum for Catholic Social Thought, part of the Lumen Christi Institute’s Program in Catholic Social Thought.

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).

Andrew J. Bacevich is Professor of International Relations and History at Boston University. A graduate of the U.S. Military Academy, he received his PhD in American Diplomatic History from Princeton University. Before joining the faculty of Boston University, he taught at West Point and Johns Hopkins. Bacevich is the author of Breach of Trust: How Americans Failed Their Soldiers and Their Country (2013), Washington Rules:  America’s Path to Permanent War (2010) and The Limits of Power: The End of American Exceptionalism (2008). His essays and reviews have appeared in a variety of scholarly and general interest publications including The Wilson Quarterly, The National Interest, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, The Nation,and The New Republic. His op-eds have appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Boston Globe, and Los Angeles Times, among other newspapers.

Habib C. Malik is Associate Professor of History and Cultural Studies at Lebanese American University Byblos. He holds a PhD in Moder European Intellectual History from Harvard University and has previously taught at the Off Campus Program of the American University of Beirut and the Catholic University of America. Dr. Malik has lectured and written widely in both English and Arabic on topics that include the history of ideas, Kierkegaard, existentialism, human rights, the plight of native Middle Eastern Christian communities, Lebanon, and democracy in the Arab world, inter-religious dialogue. A human rights activist and founding member of the Foundation for Human and Humanitarian Rights in Lebanon, he is also president and CEO of The Charles Malik Foundation. He is author ofIslamism and the Future of the Christians of the Middle East, Between Damascus and Jerusalem: Lebanon and Middle East Peace, and editor of The Challenge of Human Rights: Charles Malik and the Universal Declaration. His father, Charles Malik, was instrumental in the drafting of the “Universal Declaration of Human Rights” in 1948.

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.