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arrowBullet.jpg (4876 bytes)Confessions -  2001
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Augustine in Algiers  2001
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The Laura Spelman Rockefeller Professor of Social and Political Ethics at The University of Chicago, is a political philosopher whose task has been to show the connections between our political and our ethical convictions. Her talk at the conference will be on the relationship between Augustine and Hannah Arendt.

Professor Elshtain was born in Colorado and grew up in the small village of Timnath, Colorado (population 185). She attended public schools in Colorado. A graduate of Colorado State University (A.B., 1963), Professor Elshtain went on to earn a Master's degree in history as a Woodrow Wilson Fellow before turning to the study of politics.She received her Ph.D. from Brandeis University in Politics in 1973.

She joined the faculty of the University of Massachusetts/Amherst where she taught from 1973 to 1988. She joined the faculty of Vanderbilt University in 1988 as the first woman to hold an endowed professorship in the history of that institution. She was appointed to her current position at the University of Chicago in 1995. She has been a visiting professor at Oberlin College, Yale University, and Harvard University. She is the recipient of six honorary degrees. Professor Elshtain was elected a Fellow of The American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1996.

Her books include:

Public Man, Private Woman: Women in Social and Political Thought (Princeton University Press, 1981; second edition, 1992); Selected by Choice as one of the top academic books of 1981_82. Editor, The Family in Political Thought (University of Massachusetts Press, 1982) Meditations on Modern Political Thought (Praeger, 1986; reissued by Penn State Press, 1992) Women and War (Basic Books, 1987; Italian translation published by Il Mulino, Bologna, 1991; Japanese translation published by Hosei University Press, 1994; second paperback edition with new Epilogue, University of Chicago Press, 1995) Co_editor, Women, Militarism, and War (Roman and Allenheld, 1990) Co_editor, Rebuilding the Nest. A New Commitment to the American Family (Family Services Publication, Milwaukee, 1990) Power Trips and Other Journeys (University of Wisconsin Press, 1990) Editor, Just War Theory (Basil Blackwell, 1990) But Was It Just. Reflections on the Morality of the Persian Gulf War, co_author, with Michael Walzer, George Weigel, Stanley Hauerwas, and Sari Nusseibeh (Doubleday, 1992) Democracy on Trial (Basic Books, 1995). Named a New York Times notable book. Co_editor, Politics and the Human Body (Vanderbilt University Press, 1995) Augustine and the Limits of Politics (University of Notre Dame Press, 1996). Named one of the top five religion books of 1996 by The Christian Century. Co_editor, Promises to Keep. Decline and Renewal of Marriage in America (Rowman and Littlefield, 1996)  Real Politics. Political Theory and Everyday Life (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1997). New Wine in Old Bottles. Politics and Ethical Discourse. The 1996 Hesburgh Lectures (University of Notre Dame Press, 1998)Works in progress  Jane Addams and America, an intellectual biography of Jane Addams and The King is Dead. Sovereignty at Century's End

Jean Bethke Elshtain is also the author of over four hundred essays in scholarly journals and journals of civic opinion, and some one hundred and seventy_five book reviews. She writes a regular column for The New Republic. Of her several hundred guest lectures and universities in the United States and abroad, over two dozen have been endowed lectureships.

Professor Elshtain has been a Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton; a Scholar in Residence, Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Conference and Study Center, Como, Italy; a Guggenheim Fellow (1991_92); and a writer in residence at the MacDowell Colony, Peterborough, New Hampshire. She is the recipient of the Ellen Gregg Ingalls Award for excellence in classroom teaching__the highest award for undergraduate teaching at Vanderbilt University.

She currently serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of the National Humanities Center in Research Triangle Park, NC. Professor Elshtain also currently serves as Chair of The Council on Families in America; also is a member of The National Commission for Civic Renewal, the National Commission on Teen Pregnancy, and The Institute for American Values. She was a Phi Beta Kappa Scholar for 1997_1998. She served as Vice_President of the American Political Science Association for the 1998_99 academic year.

Jean Bethke Elshtain is married and the mother of four children and the grandmother of three.

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