- Marie Giblin will present the Christian perspective. Giblin is chair and associate professor in the department of theology at Xavier, where she has taught since 1994. She lived in Tanzania for nine years and returned there in 2006 for research purposes.
- Abie Ingber will speak of the Jewish response. Rabbi Ingber is the executive director of the Hillel Jewish Student Centers at UC and Xavier. In addition he serves as an adjunct professor in homilectics at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion and in theology at Xavier.
- The Buddhist point of view will be represented by David R. Loy. Loy is the Besl Family Chair Professor in the ethics, religion, and society program at Xavier. His field is Asian and comparative philosophy. He lived in Japan for 21 years and is qualified as a Zen teacher in the Sanbo Kyodan tradition.
- Anas Malik will offer the Muslim view. Born in Pakistan, Malik is an assistant professor of political science at Xavier, with research interests in political Islam, and international political economy and development.
The 2007-2008 Vision of Hope speakers series is based upon the theme, “Five Pillars of a New World Building,” explored in the video “A Vision of Hope” by Benjamin J. Urmston, S.J., director of Peace and Justice Programs. The five pillars focused on in the video are a global ethic, economic democracy, human rights, non-violence and democratic world order.