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Economics and Theology: A Conversation with Michael Sandel
A Lecture series hosted by the Institute for New Economic Thinking and Union Theological Seminary

Wed, 13 Nov, 2013 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Economics and Theology

Please join us on Wednesday, November 13 at 6:00 pm for a conversation with Michael Sandel hosted by Serene Jones, President of Union Theological Seminary and Robert Johnson, President of the Institute for New Economic Thinking.

This event will be live streamed. We invite those unable to attend in person to join us virtually for this event. You may watch is live at the Union Forum. The live stream will begin at 6:00 pm on November 13.


Due to tremendous interest in this event, registration is now CLOSED.

This event is free and open to the public. However, due to space limitations, there is no assigned or reserved seating. We strongly encourage attendees and their guests to arrive early so that we may manage our space more effectively. The doors will open 45 minutes before the start of the event.


About Michael Sandel

Michael SandelMichael J. Sandel is the Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of Government at Harvard University, where he has taught political philosophy since 1980. His recent book, What Money Can't Buy: The Moral Limits of Markets, takes on one of the biggest ethical questions of our time: What should be the role of money and markets in our society?

Sandel's work has been translated into 23 languages. His books include Liberalism and the Limits of Justice (Cambridge University Press, 1982, 2nd edition, 1998), Democracy's Discontent (Harvard University Press, 1996), Public Philosophy: Essays on Morality in Politics (Harvard University Press, 2005), and The Case against Perfection: Ethics in the Age of Genetic Engineering (Harvard University Press, 2007), and Justice: What's the Right Thing to Do? (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2009).

At Harvard, Sandel’s courses include "Ethics, Biotechnology, and the Future of Human Nature," "Ethics, Economics, and Law," and "Globalization and Its Critics." His undergraduate course "Justice" has enrolled over 15,000 students, and is the first Harvard course to be made freely available online and on television.

A recipient of the Harvard-Radcliffe Phi Beta Kappa Teaching Prize, Sandel was recognized by the American Political Science Association in 2008 for a career of excellence in teaching. He has been a visiting professor at the Sorbonne (Paris), delivered the Tanner Lectures on Human Values at Oxford University, and in 2009 delivered the BBC Reith Lectures. In 2010, China Newsweek named him the "most influential foreign figure of the year" in China.

From 2002 to 2005, Sandel served on the President's Council on Bioethics. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Council on Foreign Relations. A graduate of Brandeis University (1975), Sandel received his doctorate from Oxford University (D.Phil.,1981), where he was a Rhodes Scholar.

About Serene Jones

Serene JonesThe Rev. Dr. Serene Jones is the 16th President of the historic Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York. The first woman to head the 176-year-old interdenominational seminary, Jones occupies the Johnston Family Chair for Religion and Democracy and has formed Union’s Institute for Women, Religion and Globalization as well as the Institute for Art, Religion and Social Justice. Jones came to Union after seventeen years at Yale University, where she was the Titus Street Professor of Theology at the Divinity School, and chair of Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. She holds degrees from the University of Oklahoma, Yale Divinity School and Yale University. Jones is ordained in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and the United Church of Christ. The author of several books including Calvin and the Rhetoric of Piety and Trauma and Grace, Jones is a leading theologian who regularly contributes to scholarly and public discussions on matters of faith, social justice, and public life.

About Robert Johnson

Robert JohnsonRobert Johnson serves as President of the Institute for New Economic Thinking and a Senior Fellow and Director of the Global Finance Project for the Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute in New York.

Johnson is an international investor and consultant to investment funds on issues of portfolio strategy. He recently served on the United Nations Commission of Experts on International Monetary Reform under the Chairmanship of Joseph Stiglitz.

Previously, Johnson was a Managing Director at Soros Fund Management where he managed a global currency, bond and equity portfolio specializing in emerging markets. Prior to working at Soros Fund Management, he was a Managing Director of Bankers Trust Company managing a global currency fund.

Johnson served as Chief Economist of the US Senate Banking Committee under the leadership of Chairman William Proxmire (D. Wisconsin). Before this, he was Senior Economist of the US Senate Budget Committee under the leadership of Chairman Pete Domenici (R. New Mexico).

Johnson was an Executive Producer of the Oscar winning documentary, Taxi to the Dark Side, directed by Alex Gibney, and is the former President of the National Scholastic Chess Foundation. He currently sits on the Board of Directors of both the Economic Policy Institute and the Campaign for America’s Future.


About the Institute for New Economic Thinking

The Institute for New Economic Thinking is a global economic research and education foundation based in New York designed to broaden and accelerate the development of a new field of economic thought that will lead to real-world solutions to the critical challenges of the 21st century. Through a variety of grant making, convening, and educational programs, the Institute is working toward a fair and sustainable future worldwide by inspiring a renewed, multi-disciplinary exploration of the field of economics. 

The Institute aspires to change both economic theory and practice, developing insights into real-world problems that lead to better decisions by citizens and leaders for the benefit of society and humankind. www.ineteconomics.org

 

 

 

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