The Weimar Moment: Liberalism, Political Theology, and Law

Biographical Statements for Participants

Updated 10/20/08

Steven E. Aschheim holds the Vigevani Chair of European Studies at the Hebrew University, Jerusalem and is presently Director of the Franz Rosenzweig Research Centre for German-Jewish Literature and Cultural History. He has taught Cultural and Intellectual History in the Department of History at the Hebrew University since 1982. He has also taught at the University of Maryland, Reed College and the Free University in Berlin. During September-October 2005 he was appointed the Max Kade Visiting Scholar of German Studies at Columbia University, New York. He was a guest lecturer in summer 2007 at the Central European University, Budapest. He has spent sabbaticals in Berkeley at the Graduate Theological Union, the Institute of Advanced Study at Princeton and in 2002-3 was the first Mosse Exchange Professor at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He is married and has three children (and two granddaughters!). He is the author of Brothers and Strangers: The East European Jew in German and German-Jewish Consciousness, 1800-1923 (University of Wisconsin Press, 1982); The Nietzsche Legacy in Germany, 1890-1990 (University of California Press, 1992; also translated into German as Nietzsche und die Deutschen: Karriere eines Kults (Metzler 2000) and to appear in Hebrew in 2008; Culture and Catastrophe: German and Jewish Confrontations with National Socialism and Other Crises (New York University Press, 1996); In Times of Crisis: Essays on European Culture, Germans and Jews (University of Wisconsin Press, 2001); Scholem, Arendt, Klemperer: Intimate Chronicles in Turbulent Times (Indiana University Press, 2001; also translated into Italian). He is also the editor of the conference volume, Hannah Arendt in Jerusalem (University of California Press, 2001) which has just appeared in Hebrew (in February 2007). His new book entitled Beyond the Border: The German-Jewish Legacy Abroad (Princeton University Press), was also published in February 2007.

Klaus Berghahn is the Weinstein-Bascom Professor of German and Jewish Studies at the University of Wisconsin. His recent publications include Grenzen der Toleranz (2001), Unmasking Hitler (2005), and Zukunft in der Vergangenheit (2008).

Oliver Brand is Associate Professor of Law at the University of Münster/Germany. He holds a Ph.D. from Münster (2000) and an LL.M. from the University of Cambridge (United Kingdom, 2005). He specializes in European and International Intellectual Property Law, Comparative Law and the History of Private Law. Currently, his research interest is focused on the methodology of Comparative Law, limits of intellectual property protection, and the common European roots of private law. His first major book was on the international law of interest and usury (Mohr, 2002); at the moment he is publishing a book on compulsory licensing and a textbook on intellectual property law.  

Peter C. Caldwell is Professor of History at Rice University. His scholarly work has focused on the meanings of democracy and constitutionalism in Germany's first republic, conservatism and state theory, legal theory and the welfare state, and the economics and law of planning under state socialism. His first book, Popular Sovereignty and the Crisis of German Constitutional Law: The Theory and Practice of Weimar Constitutionalism, appeared with Duke University Press in 1997, and in 2003 Dictatorship, State Planning, and Social Theory in the German Democratic Republic appeared with Cambridge University Press. Professor Caldwell is currently completing a project entitled Beyond Religion: Ludwig Feuerbach and Cultural Radicalism in Germany, which examines the nature of Feuerbach’s radical program and its influence on the communist activist Moses Hess, the radical feminist Louise Dittmar, and the composer Richard Wagner.

Claudia Card is the Emma Goldman Professor of Philosophy, Affiliate Professor in Jewish Studies, LGBT Studies, Women’s Studies, and Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin. Her research and teaching involves  Ethics (Kant, character, virtues &  vices, evil); social & political philosophy (justice; crime & punishment); feminist philosophy; environmental philosophy; lesbian culture. She is the author of The Atrocity Paradigm: A Theory of Evil (Oxford, 2002), The Unnatural Lottery: Character and Moral Luck (Temple 1996), Lesbian Choices (Columbia 1995), and more than 100 articles and reviews. Professor Card also is the  editor of Feminist Ethics (Kansas 1991), Adventures in Lesbian Philosophy (Indiana 1994), The Cambridge Companion to Simone de Beauvoir (Cambridge, 2003), On Feminist Ethics and Politics (Kansas 1999), and a special issue of Hypatia: Journal of Feminist Philosophy (1992).

Christophe Chalamet is Assistant Professor in the Department of Theology at Fordham University. He holds a M.Div. and Ph.D. in historical theology from the University of Geneva, Switzerland. His primary research interest is the history of 19th- and 20th-century continental Protestant theology, focusing on the work of Karl Barth, Rudolf Bultmann, Friedrich Schleiermacher, Wilhelm Herrmann and Albrecht Ritschl. In his book, Dialectical Theologians (2005), Chalamet suggests that Wilhelm Herrmann (Bultmann and Barth's teacher) was a decisive figure in the formation of the so-called “dialectical school” of theology in the 1920s and beyond. He also shows how the use of dialectical tensions impacted the debate between Barth and Bultmann, and how their differing programs were at the service of theological intentions which were in fact much more similar than they realized. One of their basic intentions was to preserve the mystery of God’s revelation, or God’s concealment in his self-disclosure. Professor Chalamet’s next project is to study the Ritschlian school of theology and the split within that school between the younger generation of Ritschlian scholars and their program of a science of religion, and the more confessional – or confessing – theologians.

Alf Christophersen is a Professor of Systematic Theology and Ethics at the University of Munich. He earned a Ph.D. at the University of Munich in 1997. Prior to this, he studied Protestant Theology and Philosophy at the Universities of Tübingen and Munich. Dr. Christophersen received an award from the Academy of Sciences and Humanities in Göttingen in 1998 and was a Fellow at the Harvard University Divinity School for two terms, 2003-04, and 2005. His publications include the following: Kairos. Protestantische Zeitdeutungskämpfe in der Weimarer Republik (Beiträge zur historischen Theologie; Bd. 143), Tübingen 2008; Lexikon Theologie. 100 Grundbegriffe, Stuttgart, 2004; 2nd ed. 2007. [co-editor S. Jordan]; Die Würde des Menschen. “Christliche Menschenbilder” in ethischen Selbstverständigungsdebatten (aktuelle analysen; Sonderausgabe 2/2006), München 2006; “Chronologie eine Eklats. Hannah Arendt und Paul Tillich” in: Zeitschrift für Neuere Theologiegeschichte/Journal for the History of Modern Theology 9 (2002), 98-130. [together with C. Schulze]; Paul, Luke and the Graeco-Roman World. Essays in Honour of Alexander J. M. Wedderburn (Journal for the Study of the New Testament Supplement Series; 217). New York/London, 2002, 2nd ed. 2003. [Ed.]; and Friedrich Lücke (1791-1855), 2 vol., Berlin/New York 1999.

Charles L. Cohen is Professor of History and Religious Studies and founding Director of the Lubar Institute for the Study of the Abrahamic Religions at UW-Madison. He ran UW-Madison's Religious Studies Program from 1997-2005. A specialist in colonial British North America and early American religious history, he received the Allan Nevins Prize of the Society for American Historians for his work on the psychology of Puritan religious experience. He is co-editor of Religion and the Culture of Print in Modern America (Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin Press, 2008), and is currently co-editing Religion and the Soul of the Liberal State with Leonard Kaplan and Religious Pluralism in Modern America with Ronald Numbers.

Jerome E. Copulsky is Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Religion and Director of Judaic Studies at Goucher College. Prior to this he served as assistant professor in the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies and Director of the Judaic Studies Program at Virginia Tech. A graduate of the University of Chicago, he also has taught at Indiana University as the Jay and Jeanie Schottenstein Visiting Lecturer in Religious Studies and Jewish Studies and was a Posen Fellow at UMass Amherst. His research focuses on political theology, civil religion and modern Jewish thought.  His essays and reviews have appeared such places as The New York Times, The Christian Science Monitor, Salon.com, The Journal of the American Academy of Religion, The Journal of Religion, and Azure.

Hent de Vries holds a joint appointment as Professor in the Humanities Center and the Department of Philosophy at the Johns Hopkins University. He also holds the Russ Family Chair in the Zanvyl Krieger School of Arts and Sciences. Before joining the faculty at Johns Hopkins, he held the Chair of Metaphysics and Its History in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Amsterdam (1993-2002), where he continues to hold a research position as Professor Ordinarius of Systematic Philosophy and the Philosophy of Religion. He was a co-founder of the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis (ASCA), an interdisciplinary research institute with a graduate program, and served as the Director of its governing board (1994-98) and its Scientific Director (1998-2004). He received his PhD in Philosophy of Religion from the University of Leiden in 1989. His previous teaching and research positions include: Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of German at Johns Hopkins; Associate Professor of Philosophy at Loyola University of Chicago; Visiting Professor at the Departments of German and the Humanities Center at Johns Hopkins; Senior Visiting Scholar at the Institute for the Advanced Study of Religion at the University of Chicago; Senior Fellow at the Center for the Study of World Religions and Visiting Scholar at the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University. At Johns Hopkins, he is Director of Graduate Studies in the Humanities Center and a member of the steering committee of The Leonard and Helen R. Stulman Jewish Studies Program in the School of Arts and Sciences. He is also a member of the board of directors of the Zanvyl Krieger School's Program for the Study of Women, Gender and Sexuality (WGS). Since May 2007, Hent de Vries is Directeur de Programme at the Collège International de Philosophie, in Paris.
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Gary Dorrien is the Reinhold Niebuhr Professor of Social Ethics at Union Theological Seminary and Professor of Religion at Columbia University. An Episcopal priest, he was previously the Parfet Distinguished Professor at Kalamazoo College, where he taught for 18 years and also served as Dean of Stetson Chapel. Prof. Dorrien is the author of 12 books and approximately 150 articles that range across the fields of ethics, social theory, theology, philosophy, politics, and history. These works have been praised repeatedly for their "intellectual creativity," "immense erudition," and "stylish prose." They include three books on economic democracy and social ethics, two widely acclaimed books on political neoconservatism, and a trilogy titled The Making of American Liberal Theology: (I) Imagining Progressive Religion; (II) Idealism and Realism in Modernity, 1900-2003; (III) Crisis, Irony, and Postmodernity, 1950-2003. A frequent lecturer at universities, divinity schools, conferences, civic groups, and religious gatherings, Prof. Dorrien speaks for the Distinguished Lecturers Program of the Organization of American Historians and is a recent past president of the American Theological Society. In addition to his long involvement in the American Academy of Religion, Society of Christian Ethics, and other professional organizations, Prof. Dorrien has a long record of involvement in social justice, human rights, environmental and anti-war organizations. His recent book, Imperial Designs, grew out of his extensive lecturing against the U.S.’s invasion and occupation of Iraq.

Susan Stanford Friedman is the Virginia Woolf Professor of English and Women's Studies and Sally Mead Hands Bascom Professor of English, and Director of the Institute for Research in the Humanities at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her main fields of research and teaching include twentieth-century literature in English, feminist theory, narrative theory, and cultural theory. She received her B.A. in English and Greek from Swarthmore College (1965) and her Ph.D. in English from the University of Wisconsin (1973) and held a tenure-track position at Brooklyn College, CUNY (1973-75). She came onto the UW faculty in 1975 with a joint appointment in English and Women's Studies. From the outset, her research and teaching has been interdisciplinary, incorporating into literary studies and women's studies substantive engagement with anthropology, geography, history, psychoanalysis and psychology, religious studies, film and media studies, multicultural studies, and gay/lesbian/queer studies. Friedman is the author of Psyche Reborn: The Emergence of H.D. (Indiana UP, 1981, 1987), Penelope's Web: Gender, Modernity, H.D.'s Fiction (Cambridge UP, 1990), and Mappings: Feminism and the Cultural Geographies of Encounter (Princeton UP, 1998). She is the co-author of A Woman's Guide to Therapy (Prentice Hall, 1979), the co-editor of Signets: Reading H.D. (U of Wisconsin P, 1991), and the editor of Joyce: The Return of the Repressed (Cornell UP, 1993). She has published some 45 articles on feminist theory and pedagogy, narrative theory, women's poetry, modernism, autobiography, psychoanalysis, and identity issues; on writers such as H.D., Freud, Woolf, Kristeva, Rich, Joyce, Erdrich, Jen, and Anna Deavere Smith; and films such as The Crying Game, Mississippi Masala, and Daughters of the Dust. She is at work on a critical study on modernism; an edition of letters, H.D. and Freud: Diary of an Analysis, 1932-1935 (New Directions); an edited collection, The New Modernist Studies: Literature, Theory, and Cultural Criticism; and a book entitled Beyond Melting Pots and Mosaics: Multicultural Identity in Contemporary American Culture. Some fifteen of her articles have been reprinted (some of them several times); one has been translated into Spanish, another into Japanese, and another into Chinese.

Robert Gibbs is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Toronto. His research interests include Jewish thought, German idealism, French post-modern literary theory, social theory, philosophy of law existentialism, pragmatism, and the phenomenological tradition. Major publications include Correlations in Rosenzweig and Levinas (1992) and Why Ethics? Signs of Responsibilities (2000).

Peter Gordon is a Professor of History at Harvard. He is interested in modern European intellectual history and modern Continental philosophy, with special teaching and research interests in Weimar thought, German Idealism, phenomenology (especially Husserl, Heidegger, and Levinas), and the early Frankfurt School. He has published various essays on modern German and French thought (e.g., Heidegger, Levinas, Derrida, and Adorno) and on medieval and modern Jewish philosophy (e.g., Rosenzweig, Cohen, and Maimonides), and, most recently, he is working on some issues in historical and social theory pertaining to debates over realism and anti-realism. His book, Rosenzweig and Heidegger: Between Judaism and German Philosophy (2003), received the Salo W. Baron Prize for Best Book in Jewish History, 2003; the Goldstein-Goren Prize for Best Book in Jewish Thought; and the Forkosch Prize for Best Book in Intellectual History, 2003. He is on the editorial boards for both The Journal of the History of Ideas and New German Critique; and he is coeditor of The Cambridge Companion to Modern Jewish Philosophy (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming in 2007), and editor of a new volume of critical essays, entitled Weimar Thought (forthcoming, Princeton University Press). His new book, Continental Divide: Heidegger, Cassirer, Davos, is forthcoming from Harvard University Press. He is co-chair of the Harvard Colloquia in Intellectual History.

Udi E. Greenberg  is a doctoral candidate in history at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. In his dissertation, "the Weimar Republic as a Cold War symbol," he explores the participation of German immigrant intellectuals in the Cold War and the construction of transatlantic narratives and symbols. Mr. Greenberg studied at the University of Wisconsin (2005-06); Freie Universität, Berlin (Summer 2004), and Ruprecht-Karl Universität, Heidelberg (2002-03). He published several articles on theories of crime, political theology, the cult of Walter Benjamin and film in Theory Culture & Society, History of European Ideas, Biography, Film & History, and Journal of European Studies.

Sara Guyer is Interim Director of the Center for the Humanities and Associate Professor of English and Jewish Studies at the University of Wisconsin. She holds an MA and PhD in Rhetoric from UC-Berkeley, MA in Philosophy and Literature from the University of Warwick, and BA in English and American Literature from Brandeis University. Her recent book, Romanticism After Auschwitz (Stanford University Press) analyzes the rhetoric of survival in romantic and post-Holocaust writing.

Jeffrey Herf is a Professor at the University of Maryland who studies the intersection of ideas and politics in modern European history, specializing in twentieth century Germany. He has published extensively on Germany during the Weimar Republic, Nazi Germany and on West and East Germany during the Cold War. The Jewish Enemy: Nazi Propaganda During World War II and the Holocaust (Harvard, 2006) offers a new look at the Nazi regime’s translation of radical anti-Semitism into the conspiracy theory that shaped its public narrative of World War II and its equally public defense of a policy of “exterminating” Europe’s Jews. Reactionary Modernism: Technology, Culture and Politics in Weimar and the Third Reich (Cambridge, 1984) examined the simultaneous embrace of modern technology and rejection of liberal modernity by right-wing intellectuals. The work became a standard work and has been published in Greek, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese and Spanish translations. War By Other Means: Soviet Power, West German Resistance and the Battle of the Euromissiles (Free Press, 1991) examined the connection between changing political culture within West Germany and the dispute over nuclear weapons between the Soviet Union and the Western Alliance during the 1980s. Divided Memory: The Nazi Past in the Two Germanys (Harvard, 1997) traced the varieties of memory and avoidance about the Holocaust offered by West and East German political figures from the 1940s through the 1990s. It was one of the first works to make extensive use of the then recently opened East German Communist Party and government archives. It was a co-winner of the Fraenkel Prize of the Institute of Contemporary History and Wiener Library in London in 1996. In 1998 it received the George Lewis Beer Prize of the American Historical Association. Jeffrey Herf has lectured widely in the United States, Europe and Israel . He has published numerous articles in scholarly journals and received a variety of distinguished research fellowships. He is a member of the editorial board of Central European History, and The Journal of Israeli History, was a Contributing Editor to Partisan Review and has contributed articles, reviews and essays to The New Republic (print and online editions), Internationale Politik, Die Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Die Welt, Die Zeit, The National Interest, and The Washington Post. He is the Convener of the European Caucus and of the European Workshop seminar in the Department of History. He joined the University of Maryland Department of History in 2000 after teaching at Ohio University in Athens, Emory, Holy Cross and Harvard. In fall 2007 he was a Fellow at the American Academy in Berlin.

Francine Hirsch is an Associate Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin. She specializes in Russian and Soviet history. Her research and teaching interests also include Modern European History, and Comparative Empires. Professor Hirsch is the author of: Empire of Nations: Ethnographic Knowledge and the Making of the Soviet Union (Cornell University Press, 2005).”Toward a Soviet Order of Things: The 1926 Census and the Making of the Soviet Union,” in S. Szreter, H. Sholkamy, and A. Dharmalingam eds., Categories and Contexts. Anthropological and Historical Studies in Critical Demography (Oxford University Press, 2004). “Getting to Know ‘The Peoples of the USSR’: Ethnographic Exhibits as Soviet Virtual Tourism, 1923-1934,” Slavic Review 62, no. 4 (Winter 2003): 683-709.

Dana Hollander is the Canada Research Chair (Tier 2) in Modern Jewish Thought in the Department of Religious Studies at McMaster University, where she is also a member of the MA Program in Cultural Studies and Critical Theory and an Associate Member of the Department of Philosophy.  Professor Hollander received her MA in Philosophy and her PhD from the Humanities Center at Johns Hopkins University in 2001. Her primary research and teaching areas are 20th-century French and German philosophy, modern Jewish thought, and German-Jewish studies. She is the author of Exemplarity and Chosenness. Rosenzweig and Derrida on the Nation of Philosophy (Stanford University Press, 2008) and the translator of Jacob Taubes, The Political Theology of Paul (Stanford University Press, 2004).

Michael Hollerich is Associate Professor of Theology at the University of St. Thomas. He has been a member of the Theology Department since 1993. His academic training is in the history of Christianity. At St. Thomas he has taught the department’s introductory theology course, as well as specialized courses in all periods of church history at both the undergraduate and graduate level. His academic publications are primarily in the early Christian period, with a secondary interest in modern German church history. Research and teaching expertise include religion and politics, especially political theology; the history of biblical interpretation; and relations between eastern and western Christianity. His most recent publications are his contribution, along with Robert Wilken and Angela Christman, to the Isaiah volume of The Church's Bible (Eerdmans, 2007), a collection of patristic exegetical texts on the book of Isaiah, and an article, “The Anti-Secular Front Revisited: Catholics and Politics in Germany in 1933,” in Pro Ecclesia 16 (2007), 141-164. His article on the biblical scholarship of Eusebius of Caesarea will appear in the forthcoming new edition of The Cambridge History of the Bible. He is currently working on two books, one on the patristics scholar Erik Peterson, and the other on Eusebius. He is also a co-editor, with Catherine Cory, of the forthcoming third edition of the department's textbook, The Christian Theological Tradition (Prentice-Hall).

Peter Holquist is Associate Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania. His teaching and research focus upon the history of Russia and modern Europe . He is the author of Making War, Forging Revolution: Russia 's Continuum of Crisis, 1914-1921 (Harvard, 2002) and is Associate Editor for Europe Since 1914: Encyclopedia of the Age of War and Reconstruction (Thomson-Gale, forthcoming 2006). He is founder and editor of the journal Kritika: Explorations in Russian and Eurasian History and serves as editor for the Kritika Historical Studies (vol. 1, “The Resistance Debate in Russian and Soviet History,” 2003; vol. 2, “After the Fall: Essays on Russian and Soviet History after Communism,” 2004; vol. 3, “Orientalism and Empire in Russia,” forthcoming in 2006). Holquist has published articles on Russia 's experience in the First World War and Russian Revolution, questions of continuity and change from the imperial period into the Stalin era, and other topics. Holquist received his PhD with distinction from Columbia University in 1995. Prior to joining Penn's History Department in Fall 2006, he taught for nine years at Cornell University. He offers lecture courses on imperial Russia and the Soviet Union and undergraduate seminars on “Russia in the Age of Anna Karenina” and on “Russia 's Orients: The Caucasus, Central Asia, and the Far East.” Holquist works with graduate students in the fields of Russian history, Soviet history, and the history of modern Europe.

Michael Jennings is a Professor of German and Department Chair at Princeton University, where he teaches in the Department of German and the School of Architecture. His teaching and research focus on European culture in the twentieth century. In addition to literature, he teaches on topics in cultural theory and the visual arts, with special emphasis on photography. He is the author of two books on Walter Benjamin: Dialectical Images: Walter Benjamin's Theory of Literary Criticism (Cornell University Press, 1987) and, with Howard Eiland, The Author as Producer: A Life of Walter Benjamin   (Harvard University Press, forthcoming in 2009). He also serves as the general editor of the standard English-language edition of Benjamin's works, Walter Benjamin, Selected Writings (Harvard University Press, four volumes, 1996ff.) and the editor of a series of collections of Benjamin's essays intended for classroom use, including The Writer of Modern Life: Essays on Charles Baudelaire (2007); with Brigid Doherty and Thomas Levin, The Work of Art in the Age of its Technological Reproducibility and other Writings on Media (2008) ; and, with Miriam Bratu Hansen, One Way Street (forthcoming, 2009). His published work includes articles on the theory of art history (Alois Riegl, Wihelm Worringer), modernism in its relationship to capitalist modernity (Robert Musil, Franz Kafka, Uwe Johnson), Weimar culture (Berlin Dada, Alfred Döblin, Thomas Mann, forms of literary criticism), eighteenth-century aesthetics (Sturm und Drang, J.M.R. Lenz, Friedrich Hölderlin) and the photo-essay (August Sander, Albert Renger-Patzsch, Michael Schmidt). He is the editor, with Detlef Mertins, of a facsimile edition of the avantgarde journal G: Journal of Elemental Form-Creation, (forthcoming from the Gerry Research Institute) and, with Uwe Steiner, of a volume of essays on Uwe Johnson's Jahrestage (forthcoming from Wilhelm Fink Verlag). He is currently at work on two book projects: studies of the German photo-essay in the twentieth century and of aesthetics and politics in the "long" German 1960's. Jennings also serves as Director of the Alexander Kluge Research Collection at Princeton, the largest collection of Kluge's work accessible to the public.

Gregory Kaplan is Anna Smith Fine Assistant Professor of Jewish Studies in the Department of Religious Studies at Rice University.  He studies Jewish thought and Continental philosophy, focusing on the problem of life in biological and religious senses—e.g. its complexity, emergence, evolution, sacrifice, sanctity, supervenience, transcendence, violence.  He has published essays on metaphysics, ethics, politics, and theology in the writings of Hermann Cohen, Buber, Rosenzweig, Levinas, and Deleuze in Cross Currents, Philosophy Today, and edited book collections.  He is submitting for publication a book manuscript tentatively titled An Ordinary, Everyday Crisis: Between Survival and Salvation the Modern Jewish Thought of Martin Buber and Franz Rosenzweig.  Forthcoming essays in publication will add up to an upcoming project on violence, suffering, and the problem of evil in modern thought about Jews and Judaism. 

Leonard V. Kaplan is the Mortimer Jackson Professor of Law and Director of the Project on Law and the Humanities at the University of Wisconsin Law School.  In 2008 he was named a Law Fellow in Humanities at the Institute for Research in the Humanities at UW-Madison. He earned undergraduate and law degrees from Temple University, an LL.M from Yale Law School, and Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Chicago. He also was a Research Fellow at the Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis. Professor Kaplan has taught in the areas of jurisprudence, legal process, law, theology and state, civil procedure, criminal law, criminal procedure and evidence, as well as offering seminars in such subjects as Child, Family and the State, Law and Psychiatry, and Law and Literature. He is also on the faculty of both Jewish and Religious Studies and is on the Steering Committee for Religious Studies. Professor Kaplan was a co-founder and co-editor-in-chief of the journal, Graven Images: Studies in Culture, Law and the Sacred, and has been a member of the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Law and Psychiatry since 1977. He has an international reputation in the law and mental health field and is regularly invited to conferences both in the United States and abroad. Professor Kaplan was one of three special consultants to the Final Report of the Enquiry on Research Ethics submitted by Professor David Weisstub to the Ministry of Health for Ontario, Canada. He has served on the organizing committee for International Congresses on Law and Psychiatry since the 1990s. He was First Vice President and a member of the Executive Board of Directors of the International Academy of Law and Mental Health since 1992, has served as Treasurer and will serve a second term as President in 2008. In 2002, Professor Kaplan received the Academy's Michael Zeegers Lifetime Achievement Award for distinction in the pursuit of Scholarship, Pedagogy, and Human Rights Initiatives in the field of Law and Mental Health.

Ellen Kennedy is Professor of Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania Professor Kennedy writes on a variety of subjects in political economy and the history of modern European political and legal theory. She has been a Research Fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and the Friedreich Ebert Foundation as well as the British Academy and the Nuffield Fondation. Before joining the faculty at Penn, she taught in at the Universities of Manchester, York & London.  She is currently the Rosanne & Charles Jaffe Member of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton where she is working on economic emergency and executive discretion. Her publications include: Constitutional Failure: Carl Schmitt in Weimar (Duke University Press, 2004); The Bundesbank: Germany's Central Bank in the International Monetary System (British Royal Institute of International Affairs, 1991); Women in Western Political Philosophy: Kant to Nietzsche (Harvester Press, 1987) [co-edited with Susan Mendus]; Translation of Carl Schmitt's The Crisis of Parliamentary Democracy (MIT Press, 1985).

Heinz Klug is the Evjue-Bascom Professor in Law and Director of the Global Legal Studies Center at the University of Wisconsin Law School, and an Honorary Senior Research Associate in the School of Law at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. Growing up in Durban, South Africa, he participated in the anti-apartheid struggle, spent 11 years in exile and returned to South Africa in 1990 as a member of the ANC Land Commission and researcher for Zola Skweyiya, chairperson of the ANC Constitutional Committee. He was also a team member on the World Bank mission to South Africa on Land Reform and Rural Restructuring. He has taught at Wisconsin since September 1996.Professor Klug has presented lectures and papers on the South African constitution, land reform, and water law, among other topics, in Australia, Canada, Colombia, Ethiopia, Germany, South Africa, the Netherlands, and at several U.S. law schools. His research interests include constitutional transitions, constitution-building, human rights, international legal regimes and natural resources. Professor Klug's book on South Africa's democratic transition, Constituting Democracy was published by Cambridge University Press in 2000.    

Rudy Koshar is the George L. Mosse WARF Professor of History & Religious Studies and Director of the Religious Studies Program at the University of Wisconsin. His general field of study is modern German and European intellectual-cultural history, with emphasis on the history of religious thought. This is a departure from his earlier research and teaching, which focused on social history and cultural representation. Professor Koshar’s books and articles have ranged over a number of topics, including the social roots of Nazism; the lower middle classes in interwar European politics; historic preservation and German national identity; German memory cultures from 1870 to 1990; the history of consumption; the history of modern travel and leisure; film and historical representation; the poststructuralist turn in historical writing; Foucault and social theory; and the history of the automobile in modern Europe. His current research addresses Karl Barth's placement in the historical transformation of European Christianity, culture, and politics in the twentieth century.

Marcus Llanque is a Full Professor for Political Theory and the History of Political Ideas at the University of Augsburg. Prior to September 2008 he served as Professor of Political Science at Humboldt University Berlin. Professor Llanque holds a Ph.D. from Humboldt University Berlin (1997). In 2005-06 he was a Visiting scholar at Columbia University, and in 2007 he was a Visiting scholar at the London School of Economics and Political Science. His selected writings in German include the following: Demokratisches Denken im Krieg. Die deutsche Debatte im Ersten Weltkrieg, Berlin (Akademie-Verlag) 2000 (The Debate on Democracy During World War I); Politische Theorie und Ideengeschichte. Ein Textbuch (together with Herfried Münkler), Berlin 2007 (Akademie) (Political Theory and History of Ideas. A commentated textbook); Politische Ideengeschichte. Ein Gewebe politischer Diskurse, München/Wien (Oldenbourg-Verlag) 2008 (The History of Political Ideas. A Web of Political Discourses). He also is the author of the following publications in English: “The Role of Elites in Legitimizing Violence” in International Handbook of Violence, edited by Wilhelm Heitmeyer and John Hagan, Dordrecht/Boston/ London 2003, pp. 973-987 (together with Herfried Münkler); “Republican Rhetoric as a Theory of Democratic Deliberation” in Redescriptions. Finnish Yearbook of Political Thought, Bd. 9 (2005), pp. 27-50; and “Max Weber and the Relationship between Power Politics and Political Ideals” in Constellations, Bd. 14 (2007), S. 483-497.

John P. McCormick is Professor of Political Science at the University of Chicago. His research and teaching interests include political thought in Renaissance Florence (specifically, Guicciardini and Machiavelli), 19th and 20th century continental political and social theory (with a focus on Weimar Germany and Central European emigres to the US), the philosophy and sociology of law, the normative dimensions of European integration, and contemporary democratic theory. He is the author of Carl Schmitt's Critique of Liberalism: Against Politics as Technology (Cambridge, 1997), and Weber, Habermas and Transformations of the European State: Constitutional, Social and Supranational Democracy (Cambridge, 2007). Professor McCormick has published numerous articles in scholarly journals such as THE AMERICAN POLITICAL SCIENCE REVIEW (1992, 1999, 2001, 2006) and POLITICAL THEORY (1994, 1998, 2001, 2003, 2007). He is presently completing a book titled, Machiavellian Democracy (Cambridge, forthcoming).

David McDonald is the Chair of the Department of History at the University of Wisconsin. He holds a Ph.D. from Columbia and M.A. and B.A. from the University of Toronto. Professor McDonald specializes in Russian history through 1917. His research and teaching interests include the History of Imperial Russia (1649-1917); social, intellectual, political and diplomatic.

Patrick Michelson is a Lecturer at the University of Wisconsin Center for Russia, East Europe and Central Asia. He holds a Ph.D. in Russian History from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His dissertation, entitled “‘The First and Most Sacred Right’: Religious Freedom and the Liberation of the Russian Nation, 1825-1905,” examines a variety of currents in imperial Russian thought that placed religious freedom at the center of public debates about how Russia could overcome its political and cultural backwardness.  Special emphasis is placed on the conceptual development of the modern religious self, understood within a reformed Orthodox context as the foundation of the sanctity of the individual and the impetus to both moral and historical progress.  His research interests also focus on modern German religious thought and, more broadly, European intellectual history.

Douglas G. Morris is a legal historian and practicing criminal defense attorney with Federal Defenders of New York, Inc. He is author of Justice Imperiled: The Anti-Nazi Lawyer Max Hirschberg in Weimar Germany (University of Michigan Press, 2005). Using the legal battles of Max Hirschberg -- Munich's leading courtroom lawyer during the Weimar Republic -- this book shows how parties fought in a justice system clinging to older monarchical values, confronted with new democratic demands, and ultimately caving in to Nazi intimidation; it explores the nature of political justice, the causes of miscarriages of justice in ordinary criminal cases, and the relationship between political and nonpolitical justice. His present project is “The Trial of Socrates in the German Legal Imagination, 1720-1950: Authority, Democracy and the Rise of the Rule of Law.” Mr. Morris was awarded a Ph.D. in Modern European History from the University of Rochester in 2003, and a J.D. from New York University School of Law in 1983. At Federal Defenders he represents defendants charged with federal crimes, such as drug smuggling, illegal immigration, currency smuggling, gun use by convicted felons, alien smuggling, child pornography and, occasionally, a bank robbery. Before Federal Defenders, he worked as a litigation associate in the law firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison in New York, N.Y., and as a foreign associate in the German law firm of Peltzer & Riesenkampff in Frankfurt, Germany. In 2001-02, he was a Fellow at the Dorothy & Lewis B. Cullmann Center for Scholars & Writers at the New York Public Library. In 1998 he was a recipient of the Thurgood Marshall Award from the Association of the Bar of the City of New York for serving “as pro bono counsel to a human being under a sentence of death.”

Samuel Moyn is Professor of History at Columbia University. He has published two books: Origins of the Other: Emmanuel Levinas Between Revelation and Ethics (2005), which was given the Morris D. Forkosch Prize for the best first book of the year in intellectual history, and A Holocaust Controversy: The Treblinka Affair in Postwar France (2005), which was given the Sybil Halpern Milton Memorial Prize for the best book over two years on Nazi Germany and the Holocaust in the broadest context. He has also edited Pierre Rosanvallon, Democracy Past and Future (2006). Currently, he is working on a study provisionally entitled A New Theory of Politics: Claude Lefort and Company in Contemporary France and also on the recent history of human rights.

Jerry Z. Muller is a Professor in the Department of History at Catholic University of America. He holds a Ph.D. from Columbia University. His work focuses on modern European intellectual history and modern Germany. He is the author of numerous publications including "Us and Them: The Enduring Power of Ethnic Nationalism," Foreign Affairs (March/April, 2008); The Mind and the Market: Capitalism in Modern European Thought (Alfred A. Knopf, 2002; softcover, Anchor, 2003); Conservatism: An Anthology  of Social and Political Thought From David Hume to the Present (Princeton University Press, 1997); Adam  Smith in His Time and Ours: Designing the Decent Society (The Free Press, 1993; softcover,  Princeton University Press, 1995); and The Other God that Failed: Hans Freyer and the Deradicalization of German Conservatism (Princeton University Press, 1987). He is currently at work on a biography of Jacob Taubes (1923-1987).

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 since 1997. He is a member of University College, the Centre for Ethics, of the Joint Centre for Bioethics there. From 1997 to 2002 he also was Director of the Jewish Studies Programme. In 2006 he received the Dean’s Award for Excellence. From 1989 to 1997 he was the Edgar M. Bronfman Professor of Modern Judaic Studies at the University of Virginia. Previously he taught at Oklahoma City University, Old Dominion University, the New School for Social Research, the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, and Baruch College of the City University of New York. David Novak is the author of fourteen books, the last three being The Jewish Social Contract: A Essay in Political Theology (Princeton University Press, 2005), Talking with Christians: Musings of a Jewish Theologian (Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2005), and The Sanctity of Human Life (Georgetown University Press, 2007). His 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. He has edited four books, and is the author of over 200 articles in scholarly and intellectual journals.

Stanley G. Payne is Hilldale-Jaume Vicens Vives Professor of History Emeritus at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, corresponding member of the Real Academia Española de la Historia, co-editor of the Journal of Contemporary History, and author of sixteen books on Spanish and modern European history, the most recent of which are Franco and Hitler: Spain, Germany and World War II (2008) and (co-edited with Anatoly Khazanov) Reckoning with the Past: Perpetrators, Accomplices and Victims in Twentieth-Century Narratives (2008).

Randall A. Poole is Associate Professor of History and Chair of the Department of History, Politics and Culture at the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, Minnesota. He has held research fellowships at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, Stanford University, Columbia University, and elsewhere. He has translated and edited Problems of Idealism: Essays in Russian Social Philosophy (Yale University Press, 2003), written numerous essays in Russian intellectual history and philosophy, and is currently co-editing (with G. M. Hamburg) A History of Russian Philosophy, 1830-1930 (under contract at Cambridge University Press).

Carl Rasmussen is a partner in the Madison law firm of Boardman, Suhr,Curry & Field, a member of the editorial board of the journal Graven Images, and lecturer at the UW Law School. He has published widely about theology and related topics. His article “Justice, Justification and Responsibility in Bonhoeffer’s Ethics,” 4 Graven Images 86(1998) also appeared as “Gerechtigkeit, Rechtfertigung, und Verantwortung in Dietrich Bonhoeffers ‘Ethik’” in Berliner Theologische Zeitschrift (1995).

Jennifer Ratner-Rosenhagen is the Merle Curti Assistant Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has taught at the University of Miami and the Technische Universität Dresden. She specializes in 19th- and 20th-century U.S. intellectual and cultural history, and her research interests include the history of philosophy, political and social theory, literature, and transnational intellectual and cultural movements. She is currently at work on her book manuscript on the history of Friedrich Nietzsche’s image and ideas in American thought and culture. Her articles, essays, and reviews have appeared in Journal of American History, Modern Intellectual History, Social History, and Germany and the Americas: Culture, Politics, and History (ABC-CLIO, 2005).

Gabriel R. Ricci is Associate Professor of Humanities and Chair of the Department of History at Elizabethtown College in Pennsylvania. His research has included work on Ernst Troeltsch’s Der Historismus und seine Probleme and the early work of Martin Heidegger. He is the author of Time Consciousness: The Philosophical Uses of History (Transaction Publishers, 2002) and the editor of the series Religion & Public Life (Transaction). Recent volumes include Morality and the Literary Imagination (2008), Cultural Landscapes (2006), Faith in Science (2004), Justice and the Politics of Memory (2003) and Humanities and Civic Life (2002).

Ulrich Rosenhagen is Assistant Director of the Lubar Institute for the Study of the Abrahamic Religions at the University of Wisconsin. He also is an ordained pastor, originally in the Evangelische Kirche von Kurhessen-Waldeck (EKKW) and now in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, which has officially called him to his position at LISAR. He holds two theological degrees from the EKKW and is completing his Ph.D. at the University of Halle. He was a researcher at the Technical University of Dresden, has held a research fellowship at Boston University, and has published papers in several German books and journals. Before joining LISAR, he served as Associate Pastor at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church (ELCA) in Coral Gables, Florida, and as a pastor in Marburg and Hanau, Germany. At the University of Wisconsin, Madison he is also a lecturer in Religious Studies and History, offering courses in the history of religion of modern Europe.

Boaventura de Sousa Santos is Professor of Sociology, University of Coimbra (Portugal), Distinguished Legal Scholar at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Global Legal Scholar at the University of Warwick. He earned an LL.M and J.S.D. from Yale University. He is director of the Center for Social Studies at the University of Coimbra and has written and published widely on the issues of globalization, sociology of law and the state, epistemology, social movements and the World Social Forum. His most recent books in English The Rise of the Global Left: The World Social Forum and Beyond. London: Zed Books, 2006; Toward a New Legal Common Sense: Law, Globalization and Emancipation. London: Butterworths, 2002; (editor): Democratizing Democracy. Beyond the Liberal Democratic Canon. London: Verso, 2005; Another Production is Possible: Beyond the Capitalist Canon. London: Verso, 2006; Another Knowledge is Possible: Beyond Northern Epistemologies. London: Verso 2007; Cognitive Justice in a Global World: Prudent Knowledges for a Decent Life. Lanham: Lexington Books, 2007; (co-editor with Cesar Rodriguez-Gavarito) Law and Globalization from Below: Towards a Cosmopolitan Legality. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005.

Marc Silberman
is a Professor of German at the University of Wisconsin. He received his Ph.D. from Indiana University (1975) and joined the UW faculty in 1988. He teaches twentieth-century Germany with special emphasis on postwar issues (east and west) as well as courses in the film studies program (Communications Arts). He is an affiliate faculty member of the Department of Theater and Drama and also sits on the steering committee of the UW Havens Center for the Study of Social Structure and Social Change. His research and publications cover three related fields: the history of German cinema, Bertolt Brecht and the tradition of political theater, and GDR literature and culture. He edited the Brecht Yearbook from 1990-1995 and is also active as a translator of German literary texts.

Aviam Soifer
is Dean of the William S. Richardson School of Law at the University of Hawai’i. He teaches and writes primarily about constitutional law, legal history, and law and humanities, and he has received several awards for his scholarly publications. Dean Soifer previously was a professor at Boston University School of Law and at the University of Connecticut Law School.

Kevin P. Spicer, C.S.C. is Associate Professor of History at Stonehill College, Easton, Massachusetts and Visiting Professor at the University of Notre Dame (2007-09). Dr. Spicer's research focuses primarily on modern Germany, most specifically on the relationship of the Catholic Church to the National Socialist state. At Stonehill, Spicer chairs the college’s Catholic-Jewish Dialogue Committee that promotes understanding and discussion between members of both traditions in the college and surrounding communities. He is the author of Hitler's Priests: Catholic Clergy and National Socialism (Northern Illinois University Press, 2008); Resisting the Third Reich: The Catholic Clergy in Hitler’s Berlin (North Illinois University Press, 2004) and editor of Antisemitism, Christian Ambivalence, and the Holocaust (Indiana University Press, 2004). He has also published articles in a variety of journals such as Church History and Historisches Jahrbuch and in several edited volumes.

Klaus Tanner was recently appointed as Professor of Systematic Theology and Ethics in the Faculty of Theology at the Ruprecht-Karls-University Heidelberg. Previously he taught in the Theological Faculty at the Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg, in the Philosophical Faculty of the Technical-University Dresden, and in the Theological Faculty at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich. He is the author of “Die fromme Verstaatlichung des Gewissens. Zur Auseinandersetzung um die Legitimität der Weimarer Reichsverfassung in Staatsrechtswissenschaft und Theologie der zwanziger Jahre” (Göttingen 1989). For more than ten years, he was a member of the Collaborative Research Center “Institutionality and Historicity” where he coordinated the work for the project on “Ideas of the Welfare State and Concepts of Institutionalization in 19th-Century Germany”. He was a member of the German Parliament's Study Commission on "Law and Ethics in Modern Medicine" (2000-2002), and is currently a member of the German federal government's “Central Ethics Committee for Stem Cell Research,” the German Research Foundation's “Senate Commission on Genetic Research,” and is an elected member of the German Academy of Science Leopoldina. His research fields are Protestantism and political culture in Germany, bioethics and history of ethics. He has written on Protestantism and democracy, natural law traditions, and bioethics.

Frank Tuerkheimer is the Habush-Bascom Professor of Law Emeritus at the University of Wisconsin Law School where he has been on the faculty since 1970, with leaves of absence for his tenure as an Associate Special Watergate Prosecutor and as United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin. His areas of teaching and research have included Evidence, Criminal Law and more recently, trials of the Holocaust, the basis for a course he teaches both at the law school and undergraduate levels. He has recently published a three hour video interview of the senior prosecutor in the Eichmann trial, an interview conducted in Jerusalem after a detailed review of the lengthy trial transcript.

Alan 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.

Richard Wolin is Distinguished Professor of History and Comparative Literature at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He has taught at Reed College, Rice University, the Central European University, and the University of Paris-X (Nanterre). His books, which have been translated into ten languages, include Heidegger’s Children: Hannah Arendt, Karl Lowith, Hans Jonas, and Martin Heidegger (2001) and The Seduction of Unreason: The Intellectual Romance with Fascism from Nietzsche to Postmodernism (2004) He has recently completed a study entitled The Wind from the East: French Intellectuals and the Chinese Cultural Revolution (Princeton UP, 2009) His is a frequent contributor to The Nation, New Republic and Dissent.


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