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Department of Political Science


Making Men Moral Conference Coming to Union

Jan 15, 2009

The Center for Politics and Religion is sponosring a conference bringing Princeton’s Robert P. George, University of Chicago Professor Jean Bethke Elshtain and other prominent thinkers to Union University Feb. 25-27.

The conference, “Making Men Moral: The Public Square and the Role of Moral Judgment,” will address the themes from George’s book, Making Men Moral, written 15 years ago.

“It’s a conference for both academics and laypeople,” said Micah Watson, assistant professor of political science at Union and director of the university’s Center for Politics and Religion. “It’s for people who are interested in politics, in the relationship between politics and morality and politics and religion, and how people of faith can be salt and light in the culture.”

Watson said the conference would also be beneficial for those interested in the political changes in Washington, D.C., and how they can bring their convictions to the public square in a way that is winsome and effective, and yet also work together with those who may not share their worldview.

Speakers for the conference include:

  • George, the McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence at Princeton University.


  • Elshtain, the Laura Spelman Rockefeller Professor of Social and Political Ethics at the University of Chicago Divinity School and contributing editor for The New Republic.


  • Paul Kerry, author of “Enlightenment Thought in the Writings of Goethe: A Contribution to the History of Ideas” and a forthcoming book on German intellectual history.


  • David Novak, who holds the J. Richard and Dorothy Shiff Chair of Jewish Studies as Professor of the Study of Religion and Professor of Philosophy at the University of Toronto.


  • James Stoner, author of “Common-Law Liberty: Rethinking American Constitutionalism” and “Common Law and Liberal Theory: Coke, Hobbes, and the Origins of American Constitutionalism.”


  • Christopher Tollefsen, author of “Biomedical Research and Beyond: Expanding the Ethics of Inquiry” and co-author with George of “Embryo: A Secular Defense of Life.”

Cost for the conference is $75, which includes four meals and two continental breakfasts. Registration deadline is Feb. 16.

More details, including a complete schedule and online registration form, are available at www.uu.edu/events/MakingMenMoral.

Revised story originally written by Tim Ellsworth, Union University's Director of News and Media Relations