"Morality: Restoring the Common Good in Divided Times," a Conversation with Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks

Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, an international religious leader, philosopher, award-winning author and respected moral voice will be joined by directors of four academic centers at Arizona State University for a dynamic livestream conversation centered around the release of his latest book "Morality: Restoring the Common Good in Divided Times". While lamenting the cultural and political forces that have divided Britain, America and the wider world, Rabbi Sacks presents a remarkable vision of hope for the future. Join us as top scholars at ASU engage in meaningful discussion with one of the world’s leading public intellectuals to discuss topics around morality, religion and politics. Register now to be a part of this timely discussion via webinar.

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Featuring ASU Faculty Members:

Dr. John Carlson is interim director of the Center for the Study of Religion and Conflict at Arizona State University where he is also associate professor of religious studies. Professor Carlson is coeditor of, and contributor to, three books: "From Jeremiad to Jihad: Religion, Violence, and America" (California, 2012); "Religion and the Death Penalty: A Call for Reckoning" (Eerdmans, 2004); and "The Sacred and the Sovereign: Religion and International Politics" (Georgetown, 2003). He is the author of 25 book chapters and articles from leading journals in his field as well as numerous shorter essays. Currently, he is working on a monograph entitled "Justice This Side of Heaven: Human Nature, Religion, and the Moral Order of Politics," a political-theological examination of how ideas about human nature and the divine shape our political pursuits of justice. He has served as president of the Niebuhr Society and on the steering committees of several sections of the American Academy of Religion. 
 
Dr. Paul Carrese is the founding director of the School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership at Arizona State University. For nearly two decades he was a professor of political science at the United States Air Force Academy. He is author of "The Cloaking of Power: Montesquieu, Blackstone, and the Rise of Judicial Activism," and co-editor of three other books — on George Washington, constitutionalism and American grand strategy. His most recent book is "Democracy in Moderation: Montesquieu, Tocqueville and Sustainable Liberalism." He studied at Oxford University on a Rhodes Scholarship and has held fellowships at Harvard University; the University of Delhi (as a Fulbright fellow); and the James Madison Program, Politics Department, Princeton University. 

Paul Davies is regents professor of physics at Arizona State University and award-winning author of 31 books. As director of ASU’s Beyond Center for Fundamental Concepts in Science, his research spans topics as diverse as the origin of the universe, the origin of life, time travel, the search for ET and the evolution of cancer. He previously held academic positions at UK and Australian universities. Davies was awarded the Templeton Prize on Progress in Religion for his work on the deeper meaning of physics; he is also the recipient of the Royal Society’s Faraday Prize, The Kelvin Medal and Prize and the Bicentenary Medal of Chile. He is a Member of the Order of Australia and has an asteroid named after him. His latest book is "The Demon in the Machine", and addresses the age-old question: What is life? It was selected as 2019 Book of the Year by the UK Institute of Physics.

Professor Hava Tirosh-Samuelson is regents professor of history, Irving and Miriam Lowe professor of modern Judaism and director of Jewish studies at Arizona State University in Tempe, AZ. She holds a doctorate in Jewish philosophy and mysticism from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (1978), and a bachelor's degree in religious studies from SUNY-Stony Brook, New York (1974). Prior to joining the faculty of Arizona State University in 1999, she taught at Indiana University (1991-1999), Emory University in Atlanta (1988-1991), Columbia University in New York (1982-1988), and Hebrew Union College in New York (1980-1982). Tirosh-Samuelson is a Jewish intellectual historian who focuses on the interplay of philosophy and mysticism, Judaism and science and Judaism and ecology. In addition to over 50 essays and book chapters, she is the author of "Between Worlds: The Life and Work of Rabbi David ben Judah Messer Leon" (1991) which received the award of the Hebrew University for the best work in Jewish history for 1991, and the author of "Happiness in Premodern Judaism: Virtue, Knowledge and Well-Being in Premodern Judaism" (2003), and "Religion and Environment: The Case of Judaism" (2020).


The conversation will be moderated by Pauline Davies, professor of practice in the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication. Previously she was an award-winning radio science and health broadcaster with an extensive international career. She spent many years with the BBC’s World Service where her programs reached audiences of tens of millions worldwide. Her topics ranged from fundamental physics to new food technologies and human origins and she has reported from conflict zones on maternal health and combatant injuries. Davies continues to make news and documentary items from across the sciences for public broadcasters worldwide. She now specializes in cancer research outreach, leading major programs. She led the outreach and education program of the National Cancer Institute (NCI) funded Physical Sciences and Oncology Center at ASU and now leads the outreach for the NCI funded Arizona Cancer Evolution Center, part of the NCI's Cancer Systems Biology Consortium. Davies is also collaborating with the Mayo Clinic to help prevent burnout amongst physicians.

 
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Sep 10 2020 - 11:00am
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Online, via Zoom (Link provided with registration)
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Free