TITLE: Harry Potter, St. Augustine and the Confrontation with Evil
SPEAKER: Jean Bethke Elshtain
EVENT DATE: 2003/11/12
RUNNING TIME: 78 minutes
Library of Congress Maguire Chair Holder Jean Bethke Elshtain discussed St. Augustine's discourse on evil and his rejection of a dualistic universe in which evil is an active, freestanding principle poised against good.
Speaker Biography: Jean Elshtain, a political philosopher, has been the Laura Spelman Rockefeller Professor of Social and Political Ethics at the University of Chicago since 1995. A distinguished author, her books include "Just War against Terror: The Burden of American Power in a Violent World"; "Faith Matters: Religion and Public Life in America," co-authored with Aziza al-Hibri and Charles Haynes; "The Jane Addams Reader"; "Who Are We? Critical Reflections and Hopeful Possibilities. Politics and Ethical Discourse"; "Augustine and the Limits of Politics"; and many others. She is also the author of more than 400 essays in scholarly journals and journals of civic opinion, and some 200 book reviews. Elshtain was named to the Cary and Ann Maguire Chair in American History and Ethics in September in the Kluge Center of the Library.