Exhibit in Memory of Jean Bethke Elshtain (1941-2013)

Elshtain in her office at the Divinity School, taken by Jason Smith

Elshtain in her office at the Divinity School, taken by Jason Smith

An exhibit, in one case, celebrating the life and work of Jean Bethke Elshtain, the Laura Spelman Rockefeller Professor of Social and Political Ethics, who passed away on Aug 11, 2013 at the age of 72. Dr. Elshtain was a prolific writer, whose work spanned religion, feminism, ethics, political philosophy and Augustine. She joined the faculty of University of Chicago in 1995 with joint appointments in the Divinity School, Department of Political Science and Committee on International Relations. Already a prominent public intellectual at that time, after the attacks of 9/11, Elshtain was increasingly associated with the neoconservative movement due to her publications in support of the Iraq war and stance as a just-war theorist. In February 2010, the Divinity School inaugurated the Engaged Mind conference series. Each of the four conferences focuses on a particular period in Elshtain’s career and their most central debates. This exhibit is arranged around those four themes and features posters and pamphlets from the conferences. The final conference, “Just War Against Terror” meets October 17-18, 2013. The materials on display include publications by Elshtain and images of her, both recent and as a young girl. The exhibit is displayed on the 4th floor of the Regenstein Library and runs from September 9 through December 31, 2013.

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