Hollenbach teaches theological and Christian social ethics at Boston College. His most recent book is The Global Face of Public Faith: Politics, Human Rights, and Christian Ethics (Georgetown University Press, 2003). He assisted the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in drafting their 1986 pastoral letter “Economic Justice for All: Catholic Social Teaching and the U.S. Economy.” In 1979, he received a fellowship to research religion and human rights in the Middle East. In 1996 he received a Fulbright Fellowship and was Visiting Professor of Social Ethics at Hekima College in Nairobi, Kenya, returning in 2000, 2003 and 2006.
The Vision of Hope speaker series is based upon the theme, “Five Pillars of a New World Building,” explored in a video by Benjamin J. Urmston, S.J., director of the peace and justice programs at Xavier. Each event opens with a showing of the video.
The themes for the speaker series are a global ethic, economic democracy, non-violence, human rights, and democratic world order. This year the themes are addressed with attention to Africa, with both its rich traditions and challenging future.