The 2007-2008 Vision of Hope five-part speakers series is based upon the theme, “Five Pillars of a New World Building,” explored in a video by Benjamin J. Urmston, S.J., Director Emeritus of Peace and Justice Programs at Xavier University.
Each talk addresses one of the five main structures of a world more in accord with God’s word: A Global Ethic agreed upon by all the religions; the various forms of Non-Violence; a culture of basic Human Rights; a just distribution of wealth achieved through Economic Democracy; and world peace through Democratic World Order.
Each keynote speaker’s presentation addresses one of these pillars as it pertains to her or his particular area of research and experience. Furthermore, each speaker addresses three thematic questions: Is it necessary? Is it possible? What is the way forward? The program includes an introduction from Urmston on the current “pillar” being addressed and concludes with an audience question-and-answer session.
The five scheduled presentations are:
• Democratic World Order: The challenge of permanent peace: Moving toward a democratic world: November 5, 7:00 p.m., Kelley Auditorium in Alter Hall. Ronald Glossop will explore the shift from internationalism to globalism, from separate and somewhat independent but cooperating national communities to an increasingly integrated global community.
• Non-Violence: Perspectives from the Front Lines of Non-Violence: December 6, 7:00 p.m., Kelley Auditorium. This lecture examines the work of domestic violence shelter advocates and the ways their daily service provision intersects with larger non -violent movements. Jennifer Wies, director for Xavier’s women’s center, earned a Ph.D. in anthropology at the University of Kentucky.
• A Global Ethic: Four Religious Perspectives on Universal Health Care: January 29, 7:00 p.m., Kelley Auditorium. Four speakers address the concern of universal health care from her or his religious perspective as a Christian, Jew, Buddhist and Muslim, respectively. Marie Giblin is an associate professor of theology and chair of the department at Xavier, where she has taught since 1994. She has a Ph.D. in Christian ethics from Union Theological Seminary in New York and taught at the Maryknoll School of Theology. Rabbi Abie Ingber has served as the executive director of Hillel Jewish Student Center of Cincinnati for the past 30 years. In addition, Ingber serves as an adjunct professor in Homiletics at Hebrew Union College and adjunct professor in theology at Xavier. David R. Loy is the Besl Family Chair Professor in the ethics, religion and society program at Xavier. Anas Malik was born in Pakistan, grew up in Libya, received his B.A. from Marlboro College in Vermont, and his master’s in economics and Ph.D. in political science from Indiana University.
• Human Rights: Perspectives of Human Rights from Latin America and Asia: February 26, 7:00 p.m., Kelley Auditorium. Each speaker addresses human rights from her own experience and research, in Latin America and in India, respectively. Irene Hodgson came to Xavier in 1986 and is a professor of Spanish in the department of modern languages. Her areas of specialization include contemporary Latin American literature and culture, with an emphasis on human rights and justice issues. Carol Winkelmann, an English professor and linguist at Xavier, teaches courses on anthropological linguistics, political language and the media, and women and sacred language.
• Economic Democracy: Paths to a Democratic and Egalitarian Economy in the New Era: April 7, 7:00 p.m., Conaton Board Room in Schmidt Hall. A presentation on what can be done to make global economic systems more fair and just. Gar Alperovitz, a political economist and historian, earned his Ph.D. in political-economy at Cambridge University. He is the Lionel R. Bauman Professor of Political-Economy at the University of Maryland. His most recent book is America Beyond Capitalism: Reclaiming Our Wealth, Our Liberty and Our Democracy. He is also co-author of Making a Place for Community. His articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, Mother Jones, The Nation and The Atlantic.
The series is presented by Xavier University’s Peace and Justice Programs with support from the following University groups: The Edward B. Brueggeman Center for Dialogue, Office of the President, Division of Student Life & Leadership, Office of Multicultural Affairs, Office of the Vice Provost for Diversity, The Peace Studies Minor Committee, Justice Across Campus Committee, Xavier University Bookstore, Student Government Association and Office of the Registrar.
Urmston’s video, “A Vision of Hope” will be available for purchase at each session. For more information, please contact Patrick Welage at 513-745-3768. For more information visit www.xavier.edu/peace/ben.htm