This half-day conference brought together a diverse group of scholars and practitioners to preview the collaborative book edited by Mark P. Lagon and Anthony Clark Arend, Human Dignity and the Future of Global Institutions (2014). In this forum, the book’s contributors discussed how the concept of human dignity can—and ought to—guide traditional and hybrid institutions in their work. Panelists explored how a number of given institutions are already promoting human dignity, or what actions could best support those institutions in fulfilling that objective. The range of topics covered included institutions seeking to address poverty, economic growth, HIV/AIDS, human trafficking, and terrorism. A keynote address explored the resonance of human dignity as a foundational concept in various religions and cultural traditions.
This event was co-sponsored by the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs and Georgetown University’s Master of Foreign Service Program (MSFS).
Opening: The Nature of Global Institutions Today and Human Dignity as Their Touchstones | Anthony Clark Arend, Mark P. Lagon
Panel One | Anthony Clark Arend, Mark P. Lagon
Panel Two | Anoop Singh, Raj Desai, Rosalia Rodriguez-Garcia, Matthew Carnes, S.J.
Lunch and Keynote Address | Anthony Clark Arend, Thomas Banchoff, Nicole Bibbins Sedaca