Margaret F. Grace Lecture

“Where Do I Find Hope?”

The 2017 Margaret F. Grace Lecture will be a symposium entitled “To Kill or Not to Kill: Just War or Nonviolence? A Conversation with Maryann Cusimano Love, James Turner Johnson, and Rev. John Dear.”  It will be held April 4, 2017 at 7 p.m. in Smith Hall.


Maryann Cusimano Love headshotMaryann Cusimano Love
 is a tenured associate professor of international relations at the Catholic University of America. She has also taught at the Pentagon and has consulted for the National Intelligence Council, Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, and the U.N. working group on human trafficking, among others. An expert on international security and peacebuilding, she is part of the core group for the Department of State’s working group on Religion and Foreign Policy, charged with making recommendations to the Secretary of State and the Federal Advisory Commission on how the United States government can better engage with civil society and religious actors in foreign policy. Her publications include Beyond Sovereignty: Issues for a Global Agenda and Morality Matters: Ethics and the War on Terrorism.


James Turner Johnson headshotJames Turner Johnson
 is a distinguished professor emeritus in the Department of Religion at Rutgers University, The State University of New Jersey, where he was a member of the faculty from 1969 through 2015. He is also a former associate of the graduate program in political science at Rutgers. He is the author of 10 books, including Just War Tradition and the Restraint of War, Can Modern War be Just?, and Ethics and the Use of Force: Just War in Historical Perspective. Additionally, he served for nearly a decade as founding co-editor of the Journal of Military Ethics. His research and teaching have focused on the historical development and application of the Western and Islamic moral traditions related to war, peace, and the practice of statecraft.


John Dear headshotRev. John Dear 
is an internationally-recognized voice for peace and nonviolence. A priest, pastor, retreat leader, author, and Nobel Peace Prize nominee, he served for years as the director of the Fellowship of Reconciliation, the largest interfaith peace organization in the U.S. After September 11, 2001, he was a Red Cross coordinator of chaplains at the Family Assistance Center in New York, counseling thousands of relatives and rescue workers. He has traveled the war zones of the world—including Afghanistan—and had been arrested over 75 times in acts of nonviolent civil disobedience against war and injustice. The author of 30 books and hundreds of articles, he has led Nobel Peace Prize winners to Iraq, has given thousands of lectures on peace across the U.S., and has served as a pastor for several churches in New Mexico.