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Jacques Berlinerblau, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Jewish Civilization Georgetown University, and director of the Program for Jewish Civilization at … Continued

Jacques Berlinerblau, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Jewish Civilization Georgetown University, and director of the Program for Jewish Civilization at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service. He is author of four books, including “Heresy in the University: The Black Athena Controversy and the Responsibility of American Intellectuals” (Rutgers University Press) and “The Secular Bible: Why Nonbelievers Must Take Religion Seriously” (Cambridge University Press). His most recent book, “Thumpin’ It: The Use and Abuse of the Bible in Today’s Presidential Politics,” was released in January 2008 (Westminster John Knox).

Daniel Brumberg, Ph.D., is Associate Professor in the Government Department at Georgetown University, and acting director of the Muslim World Initiative in the Center for Conflict Analysis and Prevention at the United States Institute for Peace, where he focuses on issues of democratization and political reform in the Middle East and wider Islamic world. He is a former senior associate in the Carnegie Endowment’s Democracy and Rule of Law Project (2003-04). A member of the editorial board of the Journal of Democracy and the advisory board of the International Forum on Democratic Studies, Brumberg is also chairman of the nonprofit Foundation on Democratization and Political Change in the Middle East.

Patrick J. Deneen is the Tsakopoulos-Kounalakis Associate Professor of Government and Founding Director of the Tocqueville Forum on the Roots of American Democracy at Georgetown University. Previously he taught from 1997-2005 at Princeton University. From 1995-1997 he was Special Advisor and Speechwriter to the Director of the United States Information Agency. Deneen teaches broadly in the history of political thought, with special interests in ancient and American thought, democratic theory, religion and politics, and literature and politics. He is author of two books, The Odyssey of Political Theory and Democratic Faith, as well as editor of Democracy’s Literature. He received the American Political Science Association’s 2005 Leo Strauss Award for Best Dissertation in Political Philosophy.

Thomas Farr, Ph.D.,is Visiting Associate Professor of Religion and International Affairs at Georgetown’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service and a Senior Fellow at Georgetown’s Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs, where he heads the program on Religion and U.S. Foreign Policy. A former American diplomat, Farr served as the first director of the State Department’s Office of International Religious Freedom from 1999-2003. He has published widely on religion and U.S. policy, including “Diplomacy in an Age of Faith” in Foreign Affairs (March/April 2008), and “World of Faith and Freedom: Why International Religious Liberty is Vital to American National Security” (Oxford University Press, 2008). Farr received his BA in history from Mercer University, and his Ph.D in modern British and European history from the University of North Carolina.

Michael Kessler, Ph.D., is Visiting Assistant Professor of Government Assistant Director at the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs at Georgetown University. His current work is on legal and political notions of fundamental rights, particularly about individual moral liberties and religious freedom. Kessler received his Ph.D. in Religion and Moral and Political Theory from the University of Chicago, where he was a William Rainey Harper Fellow and held a Henry Luce Dissertation Fellowship. He graduated with a BA with honors in Theology, a second major in Philosophy, and a Classics minor, from Valparaiso University. Kessler has also studied law at Georgetown University Law Center. He is the author of a number of articles and reviews, and co-editor of Mystics: Presence and Aporia (University of Chicago Press, 2003).

Katherine Marshall is a Senior Fellow at the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs, where she leads the Center’s Program on Religion and Global Development. After a long career in the development field, including several leadership positions at the World Bank, Marshall moved to Georgetown in 2006, where she also serves as a Visiting Associate Professor in the Department of Government. She helped to create and now serves as the Executive Director of the World Faiths Development Dialogue. Marshall has close to four decades of experience on a wide range of development issues in Africa, Latin America, East Asia, and the Middle East, with a focus on issues facing the world’s poorest countries. She led the World Bank’s faith and ethics work between 2000-06.

Thomas J. Reese, S.J., Ph.D., is a senior research fellow at Woodstock Theological Center at Georgetown University. Reese is former editor-in-chief of America magazine (1998-2005). Visiting scholar at a visiting fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC (1994-95) and at Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, California (2005-06). Former Woodstock senior fellow (1985-98), working on various research projects on topics ranging from episcopal conferences to the Catechism for the Universal Church. Author of a trilogy examining church organization and politics on the local, national, and international levels: Archbishop: Inside the Power Structure of the American Catholic Church (Harper & Row, 1989), A Flock of Shepherds: The National Conference of Catholic Bishops (Sheed & Ward , 1992), and Inside the Vatican: The Politics and Organization of the Catholic Church (Harvard University Press, 1997).

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April 16, 2008; 1:22 PM ET

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