Presented by The Center for Social Concerns
Fifty years after Pope John XXIII issued Pacem in Terris, this important encyclical continues to be relevant, calling for right and respectful relationships among individuals, societies, and nations. This panel discussion will introduce Pacem in Terris and its implications for civil discourse today, challenging the campus community to engage in respectful dialogue and shared action on issues about which they care deeply, promoting a global citizenship that positively advances the common good.
This panel is free and open to the public.
Dr. Margaret R. Pfeil holds a joint appointment in the Theology Department and in the Center for Social Concerns at the University of Notre Dame. She is a Faculty Fellow of the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies. Her research interests include Catholic social thought, racial justice, ecological ethics, ecumenical dialogue, and peace studies. With Tobias Winright, she co-edited Violence, Transformation, and the Sacred: They Shall Be Called Children of God (Orbis Books, 2012). With Gerald Schlabach, she is co-editor of Sharing Peace: Mennonites and Catholics in Conversation (forthcoming, Liturgical Press, 2013), and with Laurie Cassidy and Alex Mikulich she is co-author of The Scandal of White Complicity in U.S. Hyper-incarceration: A Nonviolent Spirituality of White Resistance (forthcoming, Palgrave, 2013). She is a co-founder and resident of the St. Peter Claver Catholic Worker Community in South Bend, Indiana.
John Duffy is an associate professor of english at the University of Notre Dame. An expert on how rhetoric shapes people’s identity and position in the world, Duffy says “The language used to describe groups of people creates a legacy and understanding that may define who they are and even how they understand themselves.” Duffy’s specialty is the historical development of literacy and rhetoric in cross-cultural contexts. His research includes the rhetoric used to describe autism, immigrants, women, urban children, and others on the margins of civic life and political forums. He is the author of the award-winning book “Writing from these Roots: The Historical Development of Literacy in a Hmong-American Community,” which traces the development of literacy in a midwestern American community of Laotian Hmong who came to the United States as refugees from the Vietnam War, and co-editor of “Towards a Rhetoric of Everyday Life.” Duffy also serves as the Francis O’Malley Director of the University Writing Program.
Daniel Philpott is an Associate Professor of political science and peace studies at the University of Notre Dame. Philpott researches how societies address past injustices, seeking to balance truth, justice, reconciliation, and stability. He also is collaborating on a major study of global religion and politics, focusing on religion’s impact on the politics of peace and reconciliation. A Senior Associate at the International Center for Religion and Diplomacy, he travels regularly to Kashmir, where he trains leaders in faith-based diplomacy. Philpott is the author of “Revolutions in Sovereignty: How Ideas Shaped Modern International Relations,” which is a historical account of how new ideas about justice and legitimate authority fashioned the global sovereign states system. Reflecting his interests in political theory and ethics and international relations, he has also written on the morality of self-determination and on religious freedom as an end of American foreign policy. He has published articles in World Politics, Ethics, Political Studies, The Journal of International Affairs and The National Interest.
John McGreevy is a professor of history and I.A. O’Shaughnessy Dean of the College of Arts and Letters at the University of Notre Dame. McGreevy, who teaches courses on American political and religious history, is researching the intersection of religion and politics in the United States since the 1960s, as well as 19th century Jesuits and what they can reveal about religious controversy, the “Catholic revival” and the trans-Atlantic dimensions of American religion. McGreevy is the author of “Parish Boundaries: The Catholic Encounter with Race in the Twentieth Century Urban North,” which was awarded the Shea Prize for best book on Catholic history, and “Catholicism and American Freedom: A History,” which examines tensions between traditional American notions of liberty and progress and Catholicism and was praised in the New York Times and Washington Post as “brilliant” and “a masterpiece.”