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Amelia Uelmen

Senior Research Fellow

Georgetown Law Center

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May 15, 2018

Fostering Community in the Classroom

Charles Camosy interviews Berkley Center Research Fellow Amelia Uelmen about overcoming polarization to encourage dialogue among teachers and students, the topic of her new book with Managing Director Michael Kessler.


Amelia ("Amy") Uelmen is a visiting lecturer at Georgetown Law and a senior research fellow at Georgetown's Berkley Center. Her scholarship focuses on how Catholic social thought might shed light on tort law, legal ethics and legal education, and how principles of dialogue might inform debates about religion in the public square. Uelmen was the founding director of Fordham University's Institute on Religion, Law & Lawyer's Work from 2001 to 2011. From 1996 to 2000, Uelmen worked as an associate with law firm Arnold & Porter. Her publications include 5 Steps to Healing Polarization in the Classroom: Insights and Examples (2018, with Michael Kessler), Education's Highest Aim: Teaching and Learning through a Spirituality of Communion (2010, with Michael James and Thomas Masters), and Focolare: Living a Spirituality of Unity in the United States (2011, with Thomas Masters). She is active in the Focolare Movement. She holds a B.A. and J.D. from Georgetown and an M.A. from Fordham University.