“The Iraq Debate: Politics, Ethics and Strategy”

Father Bryan Hehir Featured Speaker at 6th Annual Chiodini/Fontana Lecture Series on Ethics Feb. 26

One of the nation’s leading thinkers on the role of religion in world politics is this year’s featured speaker at the 6th annual Chiodini/Fontana Lecture Series on Ethics Feb. 26 at Siena Heights University. father-bryan-hehir.jpg


Father J. Bryan Hehir, former president of Catholic Charities USA and current faculty member at Harvard University, is scheduled to speak on the topic of “The Iraq Debate: Politics, Ethics and Strategy” at 7:30 p.m. in Francoeur Theatre on the SHU campus. The event is free and open to the public.


A frequent contributor in the national media, Father Hehir has appeared on such television shows such as “NOW with Bill Moyers” and “Religion and Ethics NewsWeekly,” as well as in magazines such as “America” and “Newsweek.” His research and writing focus on ethics and foreign policy and the role of religion in world politics and in American society. Some of his writings include: “The Moral Measurement of War: A Tradition of Continuity and Change;” “Military Intervention and National Sovereignty;” “Catholicism and Democracy;” and “Social Values and Public Policy: A Contribution from a Religious Tradition.”


Father Hehir (pronounced hair) is the Parker Gilbert Montgomery Professor of the Practice of Religion and Public Life at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. He is also the secretary for Social Services and the president of Catholic Charities in the Archdiocese of Boston. In 1984, he was named a MacArthur Foundation Fellow, and is the recipient of more than 25 honorary degrees from American colleges and universities. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Philosophical Society and the Council on Foreign Relations and the Catholic Theological Society.


Father Hehir also served on the faculty of Georgetown University (1984-92) and the Harvard Divinity School (1993-2001). From 1973-92 he directed the Office of International Affairs and then the Department of Social and Political Affairs at the U.S. Catholic Conference of Bishops.


Named in memory of Emilio Chiodini and Mildred Fontana, parents of Siena Heights friend Catherine Reuther, the lecture series was established to give students and the community an opportunity to reflect on matters of moral significance affecting today’s society. The series explores theoretical issues in ethics, current issues of moral importance and the nature and meaning of Catholic identity.



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