Monday, March 18, 2013

Human Dignity as foreign policy

Human Dignity and the Future of Global Institutions: A Working Conference

March 19, 2013
8:45 AM - 2:00 PM

Bunn Intercultural Center (ICC) Executive Conference Room

RSVPs are required for this event. RSVP here.

Georgetown University’s Master of Foreign Service (MSFS) and Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs are pleased to offer this focused, half-day conference that brings together a diverse group of scholars and practitioners to preview the collaborative book edited by Mark P. Lagon and Anthony Clark Arend of MSFS, Human Dignity & the Future of Global Institutions. In this forum, the book’s contributors will discuss how the concept of human dignity can—and ought to—guide traditional and hybrid institutions in their work. Panelists will explore 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 will include institutions seeking to address poverty, economic growth, HIV/AIDS, human trafficking, and terrorism. A keynote address will explore the resonance of human dignity as a foundational concept in various religions and cultural traditions. The contributors seek feedback and engagement from faculty, graduate students, and Washington colleagues. Moderators will engage panelists and all attendees in intensive discussion.

8:45 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Arrival

9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Opening: The Nature of Global Institutions Today and Human Dignity as Their Touchstone

Anthony Clark Arend, Director of Master of Science in Foreign Service (MSFS)

Mark P. Lagon, Concentration Chair of International Relations and Security, MSFS

9:30am – 11:00am: Panel 1

Moderator: Kristen Silverberg, Former Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs and U.S. Ambassador to the European Union

Anthony Clark Arend 
“A Human Dignity Lens on Terrorism: National and International Institutions’ Response”

Mark P. Lagon
“Fighting Human Trafficking: Transformative versus 'Cotton-Candy' Partnerships”

11:15am – 12:45pm: Panel 2

Moderator: Matthew Carnes, S.J. Assistant Professor of Government

Anoop Singh, Director of Asia and Pacific Department, IMF
“Inclusive Growth, Institutions, and the Underground Economy: The IMF and Rule of Law”

Raj Desai, Associate Professor of International Development
"New Players, Institutions, and Partnerships in Poverty Alleviation and Development”

Rosalia Rodriguez-Garcia, World Bank, and Co-Chair of the UN Co-sponsoring Agencies Group of UNAIDS
“Transcending Social Stigma: Putting HIV/AIDS and Human Dignity Center State in Global Institutions”

1:00pm – 2:00pm: Lunch and Keynote Address

Introduction: Anthony Clark Arend

Thomas Banchoff, Professor of Government and Director of the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs
“Human Dignity & Intercultural Dialogue for the 21st Century”

Moderating Questions: Nicole Bibbins Sedaca

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