Carrying Forward Drew Christiansen’s Legacy: Catholic Social Teaching, Environmental Justice, Just War, and Peacebuilding

Location: Healy Hall Riggs Library, Georgetown University

Carrying Forward Drew Christiansen S Legacy

When Berkley Center and Georgetown colleague Rev. Drew Christiansen, S.J., passed away in April 2022, he left behind a significant legacy applying the rich tradition of Catholic social teaching to issues of peacebuilding, just war, nuclear disarmament, and environmental justice. This two-day conference will gather influential scholars and practitioners—many of whom worked for decades with Fr. Christiansen—who will honor his contributions and explore current and future challenges related to these topics. Panels will address interreligious peacebuilding, with a focus on the Middle East; just war, peacebuilding, and non-violence; current challenges in nuclear arms control and disarmament; and fostering environmental justice.

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This event is co-sponsored by the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs at Georgetown University, Churches for Middle East Peace Catholic Advisory Council, the Catholic Peacebuilding Network at the University of Notre Dame, the Center for Religion and Culture at Fordham University, the Institute for Policy Research and Catholic Studies at the Catholic University of America, the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame, and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Office of International Justice and Peace.

Public Health Measures: This event will take place in-person on the Georgetown University campus. Georgetown University requires all visitors to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, or to attest to having a medical or religious exemption from being vaccinated. All visitors must complete the COVID-19 visitor registration for this event.


Monday, November 14

1:30 - 1:45 p.m. EST | Opening Remarks
President John DeGioia, Georgetown University

1:45 - 2:45 p.m. EST | Plenary Address
Rev. David Hollenbach, S.J., Georgetown University

2:45 - 2:50 p.m. EST | Break

2:50  - 4:05 p.m. EST | Moving Beyond the Current Impasse
David Koplow (moderator), Georgetown University
Maryann Cusimano Love, Catholic University of America
Jonathan Granoff, Global Security Institute
Martin Hellman, Stanford University 
Joan Rohlfing, Nuclear Threat Initiative

4:05 - 4:15 p.m. EST | Break

4:15 - 5:30 p.m. EST | A New Start for Nuclear Arms Control
Carole Sargent (moderator), Georgetown University
Amb. James Goodby, Stanford University
Daryl Kimball, Arms Control Association
Jennifer Mackby, Federation of American Scientists
Greg Thielmann, Arms Control Association 

5:30 - 6:15 p.m. EST | Reception

Tuesday, November 15

8:45 - 10:00 a.m. EST | Interreligious Peacebuilding: The Middle East
Amelia Uelmen (moderator), Georgetown University
Sir Jeffrey Abood, Holy Land Christian Ecumenical Foundation
Joseph Donnelly, Delegate to the United Nations for Caritas Internationalis
John Borelli, Georgetown University 
Rabbi David Saperstein, former U.S. ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom 

10:00 - 10:10 a.m. EST | Break

10:10 - 11:25 a.m. EST | Environmental Justice
John Carr (moderator), Georgetown University
Patricia Andrasik, Catholic University of America
William Barbieri, Catholic University of America
Walter Grazer, Georgetown University
Erin Lothes, Saint Elizabeth University

11:25 - 11:35 a.m. EST | Break

11:35 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. EST | Just War, Just Peace, and Nonviolence
Maryann Cusimano Love (moderator), Catholic University of America
Steve Colecchi, former director of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Office of International Justice and Peace
Laurie Johnston, Emmanuel College
Gerard Powers, University of Notre Dame

12:45 - 1:00 p.m. EST | Concluding Remarks
Thomas Banchoff, Georgetown University
Maryann Cusimano Love, Catholic University of America
Gerard Powers, University of Notre Dame