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Speaker Series to feature political philosopher Jean Bethke Elshtain

April 10, 2006

Abilene Christian University’s Centennial Speaker Series continues with Dr. Jean Bethke Elshtain, political philosopher whose work shows the connections between political and ethical convictions. She will be featured at a free public lecture on Thursday, April 20 at 7:30 p.m. in Chapel on the Hill.

She is the Laura Spelman Rockefeller Professor of Social and Political Ethics at the University of Chicago. Her books include Public Man, Private Woman: Women in Social Thought, The Family in Political Thought and Jane Addams and the Dream of American Democracy. In addition, her book, Democracy on Trial was a New York Times “Notable Book” for 1995.

Prior to her position at the University of Chicago, Elshtain taught at the University of Massachusetts and at Vanderbilt University where she was the first woman to hold an endowed professorship in the College of Liberal Arts.  She has also been a visiting professor at Harvard and Yale. Elshtain holds nine honorary degrees and in 1996 was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

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