Firm Hosts Dean of the University of Notre Dame's New Keough School of Global Affairs


The firm was honored to host Scott Appleby, Marilyn Keough Dean of the University of Notre Dame’s Keough School of Global Affairs, for a discussion on Integral Human Development on a Global Stage. Dean Appleby discussed the role the new school will play in preparing students to engage in the worldwide effort to address the greatest challenges of our century: threats to security and human dignity that come in the form of crushing poverty and underdevelopment; failed governance and corruption; resource wars; civil wars; and other forms of political violence and human rights violations. The school will “devote itself to the advancement of integral human development — a holistic model for human flourishing articulated in Catholic social thought by popes from Paul VI to Francis.”

With the launch of the Keough School of Global Affairs, its first new school in nearly a century, the University of Notre Dame is making a uniquely Catholic mark upon the areas of global affairs while continuing in the tradition of other distinguished universities in international education and global outreach. Dean Appleby, a professor of history and a scholar of global religion, graduated from Notre Dame in 1978 and received master’s and Ph.D. degrees in history from the University of Chicago. From 2000-2014, he served as the Regan Director of the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies. Appleby co-chaired the Chicago Council on Global Affairs Task Force on Religion and the Making of U.S. Foreign Policy, which released the influential report, “Engaging Religious Communities Abroad: A New Imperative for U.S. Foreign Policy,” in 2010. He is the author or editor of 15 books, including the widely cited volume The Fundamentalism Project (co-edited with Martin E. Marty, University of Chicago Press). Most recently, Appleby co-edited (with Atalia Omer) The Oxford Handbook on Religion, Conflict and Peacebuilding. He also serves as lead editor of the Oxford University Press series “Studies in Strategic Peacebuilding.”

The discussion was held on May 28 at River Roast in Chicago. Dean Appleby was introduced by the firm’s James A. Serritella. Many thanks to the Dean as well as all of the attendees who participated.


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