Dr. Russell A Berman is the Walter A. Haas Professor in the Humanities at Stanford University and a Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution. He is currently serving as Senior Advisor in Policy Planning at the Department of State. At Stanford, where he has played a leadership role in directing aspects of undergraduate education, he is a member of the departments of Comparative Literature and German Studies. In 2011 he served as President of the Modern Language Association. His scholarship has addressed literary, philosophical and cultural historical topics of the modern age and the impact they have had on our societies. He has also pursued a long-standing interest in the politics of trans-Atlantic relations, which led him to write on topics such as anti-Americanism in Europe and, in the wake of 9/11, the problem of Islamist terrorism. Interdisciplinary in his scholarly orientation, he has been able to combine a focused studies of the historical humanities with inquiries into the political conflicts of the contemporary world. (AB Harvard University, PhD Washington University in St. Louis)

 

Dr. Peter Berkowitz, Director of the State Department’s Policy Planning Staff

Dr. Peter Berkowitz (Executive Secretary) is Tad and Dianne Taube Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. This year he serves on the Department of State’s Policy Planning Staff. He is the author of Constitutional Conservatism: Liberty, Self-Government, and Political Moderation; Israel and the Struggle over the International Laws of War; Virtue and the Making of Modern Liberalism; and Nietzsche: The Ethics of an Immoralist. He is a contributor at RealClearPolitics, and has written hundreds of articles, essays, and reviews for a variety of publications on a range of topics including constitutional government; conservatism, liberalism, and progressivism; liberal education; and Israel and Middle East politics. He regularly teaches courses in the United States and Israel on the principles of freedom and constitutional government and has led seminars on those subjects for students from Burma at the George W. Bush Presidential Center and for Korean students at Underwood International College at Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea. He is a 2017 recipient of the Bradley Prize. (BA Swarthmore College; MA Hebrew University of Jerusalem; PhD and JD Yale University)

 

Professor Paolo Carozza is Professor of Law and Concurrent Professor of Political Science at the University of Notre Dame, where he also directs the Kellogg Institute for International Studies. His scholarly work and expertise are in the areas of comparative constitutional law, human rights, law and development, and international law. Formerly the director of Notre Dame’s Center for Civil and Human Rights, from 2006 to 2010 he was also a member of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, and served as its President. He currently serves as the United States member of the European Commission for Democracy through Law. (AB and JD Harvard University)

 

Ambassador Mary Ann Glendon (Chair) is Learned Hand Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. She is an internationally celebrated scholar of human rights law and policy and author of an acclaimed study of the framing and promulgation of the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948) entitled A World Made New. She is also author of Rights Talk, a a study of the effects of rights language on political discourse. She has been a member of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom and the President’s Council on Bioethics. She served in the George W. Bush administration as U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See. In addition to her scholarly work on human rights, she is an authority in the area of comparative constitutional law.  (BA University of Chicago; JD University of Chicago; MCL University of Chicago)

 

Professor Hamza Yusuf Hanson is the President of Zaytuna College, the first accredited Muslim liberal arts college in the United States. He was ranked by The Muslim 500 as the 25th most-influential Muslim worldwide. A leading proponent of classical learning, the traditional liberal arts, and great books education in both the Western and Muslim traditions, he has translated, authored, and coauthored numerous publications. He serves as vice president of the UAE-based Forum for Promoting Peace in Muslim Societies. He is a co-president of Religions for Peace and served on the Ethics in Action for Sustainable and Integral Development initiative. He is a member of the Jordanian Royal Academy for Islamic Studies and has worked with Prince Ghazi bin Muhammad on key initiatives promoting peace between Muslims and Christians. He holds traditional advanced degrees (ijazaat) in Islamic law and theology. (BA San Jose State University; PhD (c) UC Berkeley / Graduate Theological Union)

 

Dr. Jacqueline Rivers is Lecturer in Sociology at Harvard University where she teaches a seminar on social class in the African-American community. She has also been a Lecturer in Harvard’s Department of African and African-American Studies. She is Director of the Seymour Institute for Black Church and Policy Studies. She did her Ph.D. at Harvard on the concept of social capital, working under the supervision of Professors William Julius Wilson and Orlando Patterson. She has been active in public affairs in the areas of racial justice and religious freedom. (AB Harvard University; MA Harvard University; PhD Harvard University)

 

 

Rabbi Dr. Meir Soloveichik is the Director of the Zahava and Moshael Straus Center for Torah and Western Thought at Yeshiva University and rabbi of Congregation Shearith Israel, the oldest Jewish congregation in the United States. He has written and lectured widely in United States, Europe, and Israel for both Jewish and non-Jewish audiences on topics relating to Jewish theology, bioethics, wartime ethics, and Jewish-Christian relations. He is an expert on the influence of Jewish sources, particularly the Hebrew Bible, on the natural rights understandings of America’s founding fathers. He gave the invocation at the opening session of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida in 2012. (BA Yeshiva University; MA Princeton University; PhD Princeton University)

 

Dr. Katrina Lantos Swett is the President of the Tom Lantos Foundation for Human Rights and Justice—named for her father, the only survivor of the Holocaust ever to serve in the United States Congress. She has twice chaired the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, on which she served from 2012-2016. She is a passionate and effective advocate for people who suffer persecution for their faith and for prisoners of conscience. She has also been a leader in the fight against anti-Semitism. (BA Yale University; JD University of California, Hastings; PhD University of Southern Denmark)

 

Dr. Christopher Tollefsen is Distinguished Professor and Chair of Philosophy at the University of South Carolina. He is a leading scholar of natural law and natural rights, who has expertise on the classical, medieval, and modern traditions of thought. He has made important contributions to philosophical scholarship in the areas of bioethics, the ethics of inquiry, and the role of intention in shaping the meaning of human action. He has also contributed significantly to discussions of the relationship between moral theology and philosophical ethics. (BA St. Anselm’s College; MA and PhD Emory University)

 

Dr. David Tse-Chien Pan is Professor of German at the University of California, Irvine. His work engages deeply with European philosophical and literary traditions. A central idea in his scholarship involves how our values have an independent standing and cannot be reduced either to material conditions or to ideal claims. He has studied the cultural implications of the Nazi catastrophe, and he argues that we should understand our heritage of rights as a distinct tradition. An Asian-American scholar of a European culture, he brings a distinct perspective to discussions of the humanities; he is also remarkable in that he interrupted his academic career at an earlier stage to spend two years with McKinsey. (BA Stanford University; PhD Columbia University)

 

Mr. F. Cartwright Weiland (Rapporteur) is a Member of the State Department’s Office of Policy Planning. Prior to his current position, Cart worked as a speechwriter – first for the Senate Majority Whip, and then for the Secretary of State. He has also worked as a policy analyst advising members of the Texas legislature and Governor’s office, practiced regulatory litigation at a Texas law firm, and clerked on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. (A.B., Duke University; J.D., Harvard Law School)

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