Theology Conference Biographies

The Place of Theology in the Liberal State and the Globalized World
Interdisciplinary Conference
Free and Open to Students, Faculty, and the Community
October 11-12, 2002
University of Wisconsin Law School
Madison, WI

Sponsored by the Project for Law and the Humanities with support from
the Anonymous Fund, the Institute for Legal Studies, the UW Law School,
the Mosse/Weinstein Center for Jewish Studies, the Religious Studies Program,
Edgewood College and the University Book Store

Conference Organizers:

Leonard V. Kaplan (chair) is Mortimer M. Jackson Professor of Law at the University of Wisconsin Law School. He is a founder of the monograph series Graven Images: Studies in Culture, Law and the Sacred and co-editor of a forthcoming book series under the Graven Images logo (University of Wisconsin Press). He is co-editor and a contributing author of Aftermath: The Clinton Impeachment and the Presidency in the Age of Political Spectacle (New York University Press, 2001). He also is a founder and director of the Project for Law and the Humanities and past president of the International Academy of Law and Mental Health.

Charles L. Cohen is Professor of History at UW-Madison, specializing in colonial British North America, early American religious history, and the native peoples of the eastern woodlands 1500-1800. He serves as Director of the Religious Studies Program, as well as a member of the Council of the American Society of Church History and chair of its research committee.

Conference Participants

Ann Althouse is the Robert W. & Irma M. Arthur-Bascom Professor at the UW Law School. Before joining the faculty in 1984, Professor Althouse attended NYU Law School (she served as Senior Note & Comment Editor for the Law Review and won the University Graduation Prize), clerked for federal district judge Leonard B. Sand and practiced law in the litigation department of Sullivan & Cromwell in New York City. She takes a scholarly interest in issues of federalism and the enforcement of constitutional rights.

James E. Block is Assistant Professor of Political Science at DePaul University. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago, Committee on Social Thought, J.D. from New York University, and M.A., History of Ideas, from the University of Sussex. He also studied at Columbia University in a joint program with Wolfson College, Oxford. Professor Block=s interests include Political Theory, American Political Culture, American Cultural History, and Anglo-American Religious Thought. He is the author of A Nation of Agents: The American Path to a Modern Self and Society (Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, October 2002).

Michael A. Cook is Cleveland E. Dodge Professor of Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University. Educated at Cambridge, he studied English and European History and learned Turkish and Persian before attending the School of Oriental and African Studies in the University of London. He has extensive experience teaching and researching in Islamic history and is widely published.

John Dunne is Assistant Professor, Department of Languages and Cultures of Asia at the University of Wisconsin. He earned a Ph.D. from Harvard in 1999. His specialties and research interests include Mahaayaana Buddhism; South Asian Philosophy; Tibetan; Sanskrit; Perception; Philosophy of Language; Critical Theory; Ethical Issues on Ethnicity, Nationalism, and Personal Identity; Tibetan History. Recent Publications: 1999. "On Essences, Goals and Social Justice: an Exercise in 'Buddhist Theology'" In Buddhist Theology. Surrey, England: Curzon Press. 1998; "Nominalism, Buddhist Doctrine of " In Encyclopedia of Philosophy. London: Routledge; 1997 (Special edition; for general release in 2000). The Precious Garland: An Epistle to a King-A Translation of Naagaarjuna's Text from the Sanskrit and Tibetan. With Sara McClintock. Boston: Wisdom Publications; 1996.

Arnold M. Eisen is the Daniel E. Koshland Professor in Jewish Culture and Religion in the Religious Studies Department at Stanford University. He is the author of The Jew Within: Self, Family, and Community in America (with Steven M. Cohen) (Indiana University Press, 2000); and Rethinking Modern Judaism : Ritual, Commandment, Community (University of Chicago Press, 1998).

Jean Bethke Elshtain is the Laura Spelman Rockefeller Professor of Social and Political Ethics at the University of Chicago. She is the author of numerous books, including Power Trips and Other Journeys: Essays in Feminism as Civic Discourse (University of Wisconsin Press, 1990); Democracy on Trial (Basic Books, 1995); and Real Politics: At the Center of Everyday Life (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1997).

Robert Booth Fowler is Professor of Political Science and Chair of Integrated Liberal Studies at the University of Wisconsin. His research and teaching interests are political and social thought and religion and American politics. Among his books are The Greening of Protestant Thought, The Dance with Community: The Contemporary Debate in American Political Thought, Unconventional Partners: Religion and American Liberal Culture, Carrie Chapman Catt: Feminist Politician, and with Allen Hertzke, Religion and Politics in America.

Lenn E. Goodman is Professor of Philosophy at Vanderbilt University. He received his D.Phil from Oxford University and does philosophical work in metaphysics and ethics, and is a well known specialist in both Jewish and Islamic philosophical thought. His books include: In Defense of Truth: A Pluralistic Approach (Humanity Press, 2001), Jewish and Islamic Philosophy: Crosspollinations in the Classic Age (Edinburgh University Press and Rutgers University Press, 1999); Judaism, Human Rights and Human Values (Oxford University Press, 1998); and God of Abraham (Oxford University Press, 1996) (winner of the Gratz Centennial Prize, 1997), and On Justice: An Essay in Jewish Philosophy (Yale University Press, 1991). His new book Islamic Humanism is in press at Oxford University Press, and his coedited volume Jewish Themes in Spinoza's Philosophy is forthcoming from SUNY Press in 2002.

Charles Hallisey is Associate Professor in the Department of Languages and Cultures of Asia and the Program in Religious Studies at the University of Wisconsin--Madison. He holds a Ph.D. in History of Religions from the University of Chicago. He teaches on the cultural and religious history of South and Southeast Asia, with special attention to Theravada Buddhism. Among his publications are "Works and Persons in Sinhala Literary Culture," Literary Cultures in History: Some Reconstructions from South Asia, edited by Sheldon Pollock (Berkeley: University of California Press, in press), and "Roads Taken and Not Taken in the Study of Theravada Buddhism," in Curators of the Buddha, edited by Donald Lopez (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1995).

Ayesha Jalal is a MacArthur Fellow and Professor of History at Tufts University. Dr Jalal has been Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge (1980-84), Leverhulme Fellow at the Center of South Asian Studies, Cambridge (1984-87), Fellow of the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars in Washington, DC (1985-86) and Academy Scholar at the Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies(1988-90). She has taught at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, Tufts University, Columbia University and Harvard University. Her publications include The Sole Spokesman: Jinnah, the Muslim League and the Demand for Pakistan (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press,1985 and 1994);The State of Martial Rule: the Origins of Pakistan's Political Economy of Defence (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1990) and Democracy and Authoritarianism in South Asia: a Comparative and Historical Perspective (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1995). She has also co-edited Nationalism, Democracy and Development: State and Politics in India (Delhi:Oxford University Press, 1997) and co-authored Modern South Asia: History, Culture and Political Economy (Routledge 1998) with Sugata Bose which has been published by Oxford University Press in India and by Sang-e-Meel in Pakistan. Her most recent book is Self and Sovereignty: the Muslim Individual and the Community of Islam in South Asia since c.1850 (Routledge, 2000; Oxford University Press and Sang-e-Meel, 2001).

Heinz Klug, teaches law at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has a J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law and a S.J.D. from the University of Wisconsin, is an Advocate of the High Court of South Africa and a member of the California Bar. Growing up in Durban, he participated in the anti-apartheid struggle, serving as an activist in the African National Congress and spending eleven years in exile from South Africa before becoming a law teacher. He first taught law at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa, and has worked with the new South African Ministry of Water Affairs and Forestry as well as the Ministry of Land Affairs on water law and land tenure issues. He has presented lectures and papers on the South African constitution, land reform, and water law in Australia, Canada, Columbia, Ethiopia, Germany, the Netherlands and at several U.S law schools. Recent publications include: "Model and Anti-Model: The United States Constitution and the >Rise of World Constitutionalism=" (2000); "Contextual Citizenship" (2000); "Amnesty, Amnesia and Remembrance: International Obligations and the Need to Prevent the Repetition of Gross Violations of Human Rights" (1998); "Introducing the Devil: An Institutional Analysis of the Power of Constitutional Review" (1997); and "Participating in the Design: Constitution-making in South Africa" (1996). His book, Constituting Democracy: Law, Globalism and South Africa=s Political Reconstruction was published by Cambridge University Press (2000).

Judith Deutsch Kornblatt is a Professor of Slavic Languages and Associate Dean for Arts and Humanities in the Graduate School at the University of Wisconsin. She earned a Ph.D. from Columbia University and published broadly on 19th and 20th century Russian literature. She is a member of the Religious Studies faculty, with a research speciality on the Russian Orthodox Church and Russian religious thought. She is the author of Doubly Chosen: The Question of Jews in The Post-Stalinist Russian Orthodox Church.

Jane Larson is Professor of Law at the UW Law School, and a nationally known feminist theorist. Her work focuses on issues of sexual regulation and women=s legal history. She is the author of numerous articles and book chapters on these issues, as well as an original book of political theory, Hard Bargains: The Politics of Sex (Oxford 1998) (with Linda R. Hirshman).

Mary Layoun is Professor of Comparative Literature at the University of Wisconsin. Her areas of expertise include East/West relations, Third World literatures, cultural studies, and politics and culture. She earned a Ph.D. and M.A. from UC-Berkeley and is fluent in Japanese, Arabic, Greek and French.

Bernard M. Levinson is the Berman Family Chair of Jewish Studies and Hebrew Bible in the Department of Classical and Near Eastern Studies at the University of Minnesota. He earned a Ph.D. in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies from Brandeis University (1991) and an M.A. in Religious Studies, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario (1978). His areas of specialization include Hebrew Bible and Ancient Near Eastern Studies, Biblical and Cuneiform Law; Deuteronomy, History of Interpretation; and Literary Approaches to Biblical Studies

Elizabeth B. Mensch is Professor of Law at SUNY at Buffalo. She is the coauthor of The Politics of Virtue: Is Abortion Debatable? (with Freeman, 1993) and the incoming editor of the journal Law and Religion.

John Milbank is the Frances Myers Ball Professor of Philosophical Theology at the University of Virginia. Previously he taught at Lancaster and Cambridge Universities in England. He is the author of Theology and Social Theory and The Word Made Strange among other books and many articles. Recently he co-edited Radical Orthodoxy with Catherine Pickstock and Graham Ward, and co-authored Truth in Aquinas with Catherine Pickstock. At present he is writing a book on 'gift' in theology, philosophy, ethnography and history.

Roy Mottahedeh is Gurney Professor of History at Harvard. He has received numerous academic awards, including a Guggenheim and a MacArthur Prize Fellowship. Professor Mottahedeh's major work is on the pre-modern social and intellectual history of the Islamic Middle East. His publications include Loyalty and Leadership in an Early Islamic Society (1980) and The Mantle of the Prophet: Religion and Politics in Iran (1985). He is the faculty adviser of a new journal, The Harvard Middle Eastern and Islamic Review. He is currently working on the medieval Middle Eastern literature on "marvels."

David Novak holds the J. Richard and Dorothy Shiff Chair of Jewish Studies as Professor of the Study of Religion and Professor of Philosophy at the University of Toronto, where he is Director of the Jewish Studies Programme and is a member of University College and the Joint Centre for Bioethics. He received his A.B. from the University of Chicago, M.H.L. (Master of Hebrew Literature) and rabbinical diploma from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, and Ph.D. in philosophy from Georgetown University. Novak is a founder, vice-president, and coordinator of the Jewish Law Panel of the Union for Traditional Judaism, and is a faculty member of the Institute of Traditional Judaism in Teaneck, New Jersey. He serves as secretary-treasurer of the Institute on Religion and Public Life in New York City and is on the editorial board of its journal First Things. Novak is the author of eleven books, including Natural Law in Judaism (Cambridge University Press, 1998). His latest book, Covenantal Rights: A Study in Jewish Political Theory (Princeton University Press, 2000), won the award of the American Academy of Religion for Abest book in constructive religious thought in 2000.@

Carl Rasmussen is a partner in the Madison law firm of Boardman, Suhr, Curry & Field and a member of the editorial board of the journal Graven Images. He has published widely about theology and related topics. He is the author of "Gerechtigkeit, Rechtfertigung, und Verantwortung in Dietrich Bonhoeffers >Ethik=" in Berliner Theologische Zeitschrift (1995).

Aviezer Ravitzky is Sol Rosenbloom Professor of Jewish Philosophy at Hebrew University in Jerusalem where he is chair of the Department of Jewish Thought. He is the author of numerous books, including Religion and State in Jewish Philosophy (IDI: Jerusalem, 1998, Hebrew; 2001, English), Freedom Inscribed (Am Oved: Tel Aviv, 1998), and Messianism, Zionism, and Jewish Religious Radicalism (University of Chicago Press, 1996). Dr. Ravitzky is a founder of Oz VeShalomBNetivot Shalom, The Israeli Religious Peace Movement. In 2001 he was awarded The Israel Prize, the most prestigious international award in the field of Jewish culture.

Lobsang Sangay is a doctoral candidate at Harvard Law School. He is also an Editorial Consultant for Radio Free Asia, with weekly radio programs on democracy, the rule of law, and human rights. He has published several articles on Tibet, including "China in Tibet: Forty years of Liberation or Occupation?" in the Harvard Asia Quarterly,Vol III, no. 3, summer 1999 and "If China can live with Hongkong, then why not Tibet" Op-Ed, Boston Globe, July 1, 1997 among others. He travels around the US giving lectures on Tibet/ China conflict issue and will be a lecturer in the fall semester 2002 at Tufts University.

Regina Schwartz (Ph.D. Virginia) is Professor of English at Northwestern University where she teaches 17th-century literature, especially Milton; Hebrew Bible; philosophy and literature; and religion and literature. Her publications include Remembering and Repeating: Biblical Creation in Paradise Lost (1988), which won the Milton Society prize; The Book and the Text: The Bible and Literary Theory (1990); Desire in the Renaissance: Psychoanalysis and Literature (1994); and The Postmodern Bible (1995). Her most recent book, The Curse of Cain: The Violent Legacy of Monotheism, is a study of monotheism, national identity, and violence in the Hebrew Bible. Her next project is a book on the Eucharist in Renaissance literature.

Simone A. Schweber is Goodman Assistant Professor of Education and Jewish Studies at the University of Wisconsin. She holds a Ph.D. in Education from Stanford University. Her areas of interest include Moral education, Social Studies, Religious Education, and Jewish Studies. She is the author of Teaching History, Teaching Morality: A Study of Holocaust Education in American Public High Schools.

David A. Skeel, Jr. is Professor of Law at University of Pennsylvania Law School. He is the author of AThe Lessons of Enron,@ in Books & Culture (May/June 2002), Debt=s Dominion: A History of Bankruptcy Law in America (Princeton University Press, 2001), and "Saul and David, and Corporate Takeover Law" in Literature and Legal Problem Solving (Paul Heald, ed. 1998) as well as numerous other publications on corporate law, religion, and poetry.

Aviam Soifer is Professor of Law and former dean at Boston College Law School. He writes primarily about constitutional law and legal history and serves on the boards of a number of public interest organizations. His recent publications include "The Disability Term: Dignity, Default, and Negative Capability," 47 UCLA L. Rev. 1279 (2000) and "The Fullness of Time" in Nancy Rosenblum, ed., Obligations of Citizenship and Demands of Faith (Princeton University Press, 2000). His book, Law and the Company We Keep (Harvard University Press, 1995) won the triennial Alpha Sigma Nu National Jesuit Book Prize in professional studies in 1998.

Stephen Toulmin is Henry R. Luce Professor at the Center for Multiethnic and Transnational Studies at the University of Southern California. Toulmin came to the U.S. in 1959; since then he has held distinguished professorships at numerous universities, including Columbia, Dartmouth, Michigan State, Northwestern, Stanford, and the University of Chicago. While at the University of California at Santa Cruz, he wrote Human Understanding, published in 1972. One year later, Toulmin and Alan Janik published Wittgenstein's Vienna; next Toulmin collaborated with Albert Jonsen on The Abuse of Causitry: A History of Moral Reasoning. Toulmin has also collaborated with Richard Rieke and Allan Janik, co-authoring An Introduction to Reasoning, first published in 1979 and now in its second edition. Among his most recent work is Cosmopolis: The Hidden Agenda of Modernity.

Alan J. Weisbard is Associate Professor of Law, Medical Ethics, Jewish Studies, and Religious Studies at the University of Wisconsin. He has published numerous articles in legal, medical, and philosophical journals. His scholarship has addressed such issues as informed consent, the withdrawal of life-sustaining therapies, the definition of death, treatment of imperiled newborns, organ transplantation, the role of hospital ethics committees, the human genome initiative, the appropriate uses of genetically-engineered human growth hormone, compensation for medical and research injuries, the role of philosophy and philosophers in the public policy process, the contributions and pitfalls of public ethics commissions, and the moral lessons of the Holocaust for contemporary bioethics. He has a particular interest in the relevance of religious teachings and traditions to the making of public policy in our pluralistic society.

David N. Weisstub is Philippe Pinel Professor of Legal Psychiatry and Biomedical Ethics, Faculty of Medicine, University of Montreal. He is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Law and Psychiatry and General Editor of The International Library of Ethics, Law and the New Medicine, a 50 volume series published by Kluwer Academic Press. He is Honorary Life President of the International Academy of Law and Mental Health. He is the author of extensive publications. Recent honors include the Chevalier dans l=ordre de la Légion Honneur, République de la France, 2001.

William R. Wineke is a reporter and columnist for the Wisconsin State Journal, the morning newspaper in Madison. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison (journalism) and of the Chicago Theological Seminary (divinity). He was informed 20 years ago that he could trade his Bachelor of Divinity degree for a Master of Divinity degree by sending a request and $20 but never got around to doing so. In addition to his work with the State Journal, Wineke has been chaplain of the Wisconsin Rescue Mission for the past 25 years. The Mission works with poor, addicted and lonely people in Madison.

Nicholas Wolterstorff is Noah Porter Professor of Philosophical Theology at the Divinity School at Yale University. He received his Ph.D. in Philosophy from Harvard University and taught at Calvin College. In the fall of 1993 he gave the Wilde Lectures at Oxford University (published as Divine Discourse), and in the spring of 1995 he gave the Gifford Lectures at St. Andrews University (part of which is now published as Thomas Reid and the Story of Epistemology). He has been president of the American Philosophical Association (Central Division), and of the Society of Christian Philosophers. He is the author of numerous books, including Religion in the Public Square (with R. Audi; Rowman & Littlefield, 1997).

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