"Pacem in Terris after Fifty Years: Lessons for the Middle East?" at Harvard Law School

Mar 28, 2014
Austin Hall, Room 100 North
1515 Massachusetts Ave.
Cambridge, MA 02138
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Russell HittingerLumen Christi Institute

Andrew J. BacevichBoston University

Habib C. MalikLebanese American University Byblos

Mary Ann GlendonHarvard Law School


Russell Hittinger (University of Tulsa)
Andrew Bacevich (Boston University)
Habib Malik (Lebanese American University)
Mary Ann Glendon (Harvard Law School)


On April 11, 1963, amid the tensions of the Cold War, and shortly after the erection of the Berlin Wall, Pope John XXIII addressed his encyclical Pacem in terris to all people of good will. He invites them to consider the conditions for establishing universal peace on earth in truth, justice, charity, and liberty. This symposium will examine the affirmations of Pacem in terris as they bear today on human rights, religious freedom, and the international political and economic order with special consideration of the situation of Christians in the Middle East.

This event is the inaugural event of the New England Forum for Catholic Social Thought, part of the Lumen Christi Institute’s Program in Catholic Social Thought.

Russell Hittinger is Senior Fellow at the Lumen Christi Institute, visiting professor at the University of Chicago Law School, and Professor Emeritus of Catholic Studies and Law at the University of Tulsa. He is also Ordinarius of the Pontifical Academy of the Social Sciences and the Pontifical Academy of St. Thomas Aquinas. Hittinger is the author of many books, including A Critique of the New Natural Law Theory, The First Grace: Rediscovering Natural Law in a Post-Christian Age, Thomas Aquinas and the Rule of Law, and most recently Paper Wars: Catholic Social Doctrine and the Modern State (forthcoming).

Andrew J. Bacevich is President of the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft, and Professor Emeritus of International Relations and History at Boston University. A graduate of the U.S. Military Academy, he received his PhD in American Diplomatic History from Princeton University. Before joining the faculty of Boston University, he taught at West Point and Johns Hopkins. Bacevich is the author of Breach of Trust: How Americans Failed Their Soldiers and Their Country (2013), Washington Rules:  America‚Äôs Path to Permanent War (2010) and The Limits of Power: The End of American Exceptionalism (2008). His essays and reviews have appeared in a variety of scholarly and general interest publications including The Wilson Quarterly, The National Interest, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, The Nation,and The New Republic. His op-eds have appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Boston Globe, and Los Angeles Times, among other newspapers.

Habib C. Malik is Associate Professor of History and Cultural Studies at Lebanese American University Byblos. He holds a PhD in Moder European Intellectual History from Harvard University and has previously taught at the Off Campus Program of the American University of Beirut and the Catholic University of America. Dr. Malik has lectured and written widely in both English and Arabic on topics that include the history of ideas, Kierkegaard, existentialism, human rights, the plight of native Middle Eastern Christian communities, Lebanon, and democracy in the Arab world, inter-religious dialogue. A human rights activist and founding member of the Foundation for Human and Humanitarian Rights in Lebanon, he is also president and CEO of The Charles Malik Foundation. He is author ofIslamism and the Future of the Christians of the Middle East, Between Damascus and Jerusalem: Lebanon and Middle East Peace, and editor of The Challenge of Human Rights: Charles Malik and the Universal Declaration. His father, Charles Malik, was instrumental in the drafting of the “Universal Declaration of Human Rights” in 1948.

Mary Ann Glendon is the Learned Hand Professor of Law, emerita, at Harvard Law School. She writes and teaches in the fields of human rights, comparative law, constitutional law, and political theory. Glendon served as U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See from 2008 to 2009. She also chaired the U.S. State Department Commission on Unalienable Rights (2019-2020) and served as a member of the Commission on International Religious Freedom (2012-2016), and the U.S. President's Council on Bioethics (2001-2004). She received the National Humanities Medal in 2006, and was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1991. In 1995, she was the Vatican representative to the international Beijing Conference on Women. She was President of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences from 2003 to 2013, and a member of the Board of Supervisors of the Institute of Religious Works (Vatican Bank) from 2013 to 2018. She is author of many articles and books, including The Forum and the Tower: How Scholars and Politicians Have Imagined the World, from Plato to Eleanor Roosevelt (2011) and has lectured widely across the United States and in Europe.