March 18, 2009
The Roots of Faith in Public Service: A Conversation with EJ Dionne and Tim Shriver
On Wednesday, March 18, 2009, the Berkley Center and Georgetown's Public Policy Institute sponsored a conversation between non-profit leader and Washington Post 'On Faith' columnist Tim Shriver and Georgetown faculty member E.J. Dionne. They discussed the role of faith in their lives as they charted their own careers in public service. More generally, they also considered the roles of faith and service in the education of youth, public policy leaders and foreign policy decision makers today.
Dr. Shriver is the Chairman of Special Olympics, where he has served for 11 years and grown the organization by 1.5 million new athletes around the world. In his column, Religion From the Heart, he explores how the inner life of faith matters in our sense of self, in our relationships and in the public square. Dr. Dionne is a columnist for the Washington Post, faculty member at Georgetown University and Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution.
E.J. Dionne is a senior research fellow at the Berkley Center, University Professor in the Foundations of Democracy and Culture at Georgetown University, and a leading scholar and commentator on religion in US politics. A senior fellow in the Governance Studies Program at the Brookings Institution, Dionne also writes a column for the Washington Post that is syndicated in over 200 outlets nationally and abroad. His most recent book is Our Divided Political Heart: The Battle for the American Idea in an Age of Discontent (2012). Dionne's book Why Americans Hate Politics (1991), won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and was a National Book Award nominee. He is also author of They Only Look Dead: Why Progressives Will Dominate The Next Political Era (1996), Stand Up Fight Back: Republican Toughs, Democratic Wimps, and the Politics of Revenge (2004), and Souled Out: Reclaiming Faith and Politics After the Religious Right (2008).
Timothy P. Shriver is the Chairman of Special Olympics. He has, over 16 years, helped build Special Olympics into a movement that focuses on acceptance, inclusion, and respect for individuals with intellectual disabilities in all corners of the...