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President's foums focus on 2008 elections

Loyola press release - September 15, 2008

Loyola University New Orleans is pleased to announce the kickoff of the fall President’s Forums with a two-part series, “Election 2008: Bringing faith into the voting booth & examining America’s role in the new world order.”

The forums, which will be held at 7 p.m., Oct. 1 and Oct. 29, at Nunemaker Auditorium on Loyola’s main campus, are meant to help explore how people of faith are called to pursue social justice and the common good through the political process and how America fits into the ever-changing global economic and political climate.

The forums are timed to coincide with this fall’s elections to help voters make thoughtful, informed decisions.

On Oct. 1, Loyola welcomes John Carr, executive director of the Department of Justice, Peace and Human Development of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. His presentation is “Faithful Citizenship: A Call to Political Responsibility.”

Carr will keynote the forum, which will outline the mission and message of the Church in political life and some of the challenges and dangers of faithful citizenship in this election year. Cardinal Theodore McCarrick will also offer his reflections on the link between faith and politics.

Following Carr’s presentation, Dr. Larry Lorenz, Loyola’s A. Louis Read Distinguished Professor in Mass Communication, will moderate a panel discussion featuring the cardinal, Loyola College of Law Dean Brian Bromberger, and Sr. Jamie Phelps, OP, Ph.D., who directs Xavier University’s Black Catholic Studies Institute.

On Oct. 29, Parag Khanna, director of the Global Governance Initiative and senior research fellow at the New America Foundation, presents “Empires and Influence in the New Global Order,” which will explore the United States’ slip in global dominance and how it can recover. Khanna will autograph copies of his book of the same title after his presentation.

Loyola University’s President’s Forums on Current Issues and Controversies seek to explore and discuss some of the most compelling contemporary issues facing us today. Featuring internationally recognized scholars, the forums’ goal is to develop a dialogue with the larger community that helps us deepen our understanding and challenge us to move toward a more just and enlightened society.

Both President’s Forums are free and open to the public.