St. Lawrence Institute for Faith & Culture, Notre Dame Club of Eastern Kansas


  • Categories: Clubs, Lectures
  • Event posted: Oct. 2, 2012
  • Last updated: Sept. 16, 2014

Event details

James Daniel Philpott, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Political Science and Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame, will be giving a lecture entitled “God’s Century: Resurgent Religion in Global Politics” on Wednesday, November 14th, 2012 at 7pm in Spencer Art Museum Auditorium at the University of Kansas. This event is part of the University of Notre Dame’s Hesburgh Lecture Series and is co-sponsored by the St. Lawrence Institute for Faith and Culture and the Notre Dame Club of Eastern Kansas. The lecture is free and open to the public. KU Faculty, staff, and students are especially encouraged to attend. A light reception will follow.

James Daniel Philpott will speak on resurgent religion in global politics. A generation after western intellectuals predicted that religion would exit the global stage, it has resurged in its political influence all across the globe. It has created peace settlements and terrorist groups and has destroyed dictatorships as well as New York skyscrapers. This lecture offers an explanation both of this world-historical comeback and of the diverse politics of religion. It is based on Philpott’s new book, God’s Century. About James Daniel Philpott, Ph.D.

Daniel Philpott, Ph.D. Harvard, 1996, pursues interests in international relations, political philosophy, and peace studies. His research focuses on reconciliation in politics. His book, Just and Unjust Peace: An Ethic of Political Reconciliation, is forthcoming with Oxford University Press. This book derives from theological and philosophical roots an ethic of reconciliation that offers concrete guidelines to political orders facing pasts of authoritarianism, civil war, and genocide. On the same topic, Philpott has edited The Politics of Past Evil: Religion, Reconciliation, and Transitional Justice (Notre Dame, 2006). Philpott also directs a research program on religion and reconciliation at the Kroc Institute.

Philpott also specializes in religion and global politics. With Timothy Samuel Shah and Monica Duffy Toft, he co-wrote God’s Century: Resurgent Religion and Global Politics (W.W. Norton, 2011). This book documents a resurgence of religion in global politics over the past generation, and seeks to explain why religious actors take on diverse political pursuits including democratization, peace, reconciliation, civil war, and terrorism. With Gerard F. Powers, he also edited Strategies of Peace (Oxford University Press), a collection of essays on strategic peace building authored primarily by Kroc Institute faculty.

By conducting work in faith-based reconciliation around the globe, Philpott pursues an activist dimension of his scholarly interests. Between 2000 and 2006, he traveled regularly to Kashmir as a senior associate of the International Center for Religion and Diplomacy. He now trains political and religious leaders in reconciliation in Burundi and the broader Great Lakes region of Africa under the auspices of the Catholic Peacebuilding Network.

Philpott’s first book, Revolutions in Sovereignty: How Ideas Shaped Modern International Relations (Princeton University Press, 2001), is a historical account of how ideas about justice and legitimate authority fashioned the global sovereign states system. Reflecting his interests in political theory, ethics, and international relations, he also has written about the morality of self-determination, religious freedom and American foreign policy, transitional justice, and Catholicism and global politics.

Philpott has published articles in The American Political Science Review, World Politics, Ethics, The Journal of Democracy, the National Interest, America, Political Studies, The Journal of International Affairs, The Review of Faith and International Affairs, Security Studies, and the Annual Review of Political Science. He has held fellowships at Harvard University, Princeton University, the University of Virginia, the Erasmus Institute at Notre Dame, the Hertie School of Governance, and the Wissenschaftzentrum Berlin, with the latter two on a fellowship from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.

About the St. Lawrence Institute for Faith and Culture KU is one of the primary places in the Midwest where people from a diversity of cultures, beliefs and ideas meet. The St. Lawrence Institute for Faith and Culture desires to engage the larger culture by bringing the Catholic intellectual, moral, liturgical, and spiritual traditions into conversations in the larger world and by forming future leaders in the world and in the Church. As part of this mission, each academic year, lectures are offered by prominent speakers who address issues of faith and culture. These on-campus lectures are open to all people with the objective of addressing issues of faith and culture to the entire KU community.

About the Notre Dame Club of Eastern Kansas The Notre Dame Club of Eastern Kansas is part of a network of over 200 Notre Dame clubs around the world that connect Notre Dame alumni and friends with each other and the University. The clubs offer a variety of programs and events, with a particular focus on scholarships for current students, community service, camaraderie, spirituality, continuing education, career networking, lectures featuring Notre Dame faculty and administrators, and much more.

About the Hesburgh Lecture Series Since 1986, the Hesburgh Lecture Series has brought a taste of Notre Dame’s academic excellence to its alumni and friends across the country. The program strives to encourage intellectual dialogue between alumni, community members, and distinguished Notre Dame faculty.


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