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War and Peace: An Orthodox-Catholic Conversation

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Michael Baxter
Notre Dame University
Michael Baxter is the Director of the Catholic Peace Fellowship, an organization providing support for military and civilian conscientious objectors and is editor of its journal, The Sign of Peace.   He also teaches theology at the University of Notre Dame and is currently working on a book on war, peace, and conscience among Catholics in the United States.

Joseph Capizzi
Catholic University of America

George Demacopoulos
Fordham University
Dr. George Demacopoulos received his Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2002. He is currently an assistant professor of Theology at Fordham University, where he is the co-founder and director of the Orthodox Christian Studies Program.  Dr. Demacopoulos’ research and teaching interests are in the fields of Early Christian and Medieval Church History. He specializes in the similarity and discord between the Eastern Orthodox and Roman Catholic Christian communities during these periods.  He has published many scholarly articles on topics ranging from the fourth to the fifteenth century.  His first monograph, Five Models of Spiritual Direction in the Early Church (University of Notre Dame Press, 2006) explores the impact of monasticism on the practice of pastoral care in the Early Church. He current research explores the reception of papal claims to authority in the early medieval period by Christians living outside of Rome’s immediate jurisdiction.

John Fotopoulos
Saint Mary’s College at Notre Dame
Dr. John Fotopoulos is an associate professor in the Department of Religious Studies at Saint Mary's College, Notre Dame, Indiana where he has served on the faculty since 2001.  He graduated as valedictorian with a B.A. in Pre-Theology from Hellenic College (1989) and again as valedictorian with a M.Div. from Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology (1992).  Fotopoulos received his Ph.D. from Loyola University Chicago (2001).  His area of specialization is the New Testament and early Christian literature within the context of Greco-Roman society and culture, focusing in particular on the letters of Paul the Apostle by using social-historical and rhetorical-critical methods of interpretation.  Fotopoulos is a member of numerous academic associations including the prestigious Colloquium Oecumenicum Paulinum, a group of Pauline scholars which meets regularly in Rome to discuss aspects of Paul's letters.  Dr. Fotopoulos has published three academic books, most recently The New Testament and Early Christian Literature in Greco-Roman Context:  Studies in Honor of David E. Aune (Leiden:  Brill, 2006) of which he is the sole editor, as well as numerous articles in academic journals and reference books.  Fotopoulos is married to Dr. Eleni Makris and they have two children, Demetrios and Evanthia.

Perry Hamalis
North Central College
Originally from Chicago, Perry Hamalis attended Boston College, earning a B.A. in Philosophy and membership in Phi Beta Kappa.  After undergraduate studies, he completed a Master of Divinity degree at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology and then a Ph.D. in Ethics at the University of Chicago. His broad interests include the theme of death, politics and religion, and applied religious ethics.  Dr. Hamalis has contributed chapters to Thinking through Faith: New Perspectives from Orthodox Christian Scholars (St. Vladimir’s Seminary Press, 2008) and The Orthodox Christian World (Routledge Press, forthcoming). Other works of his have been published in the Journal of Religion, the Greek Orthodox Theological Review, the Encyclopedia of American Religion and Politics, and the Encyclopedia of Eastern Orthodox Christianity. Currently, he is an Associate Professor of Religious Studies and Director of the Honors Program at North Central College in Naperville, IL.  

John Langan

Georgetown University

Laurie Johnston
Emmanuel College
Laurie Johnston is Assistant Professor of Theology and Religious Studies at Emmanuel College in Boston, where she is in the process of establishing a Peace Studies program.  She has published articles on just war theory, religious liberty, and love of enemies, and is currently working on a book about the theology of Yves Congar  O.P. as a foundation for Catholic peacemaking.   She is a member of the lay Catholic Community of Sant’Egidio, and serves on the board of the Catholic Peace Building Network.  Her longstanding interest in Russian Orthodoxy was sparked by a visit to Moscow to perform in an opera at the Bolshoi Theater when she was 18

Aristotle Papanikolaou
Fordham University
Aristotle Papanikolaou is Associate Professor of Theology and Co-Founding Director of the Orthodox Christian Studies Program at Fordham University.  He is author of Being with God:  Trinity, Apophaticism and Divine-Human Communion, and co-editor of Orthodox Readings of Augustine, and Thinking through Faith:  New Perspectives from Orthodox Christian Scholars.  His forthcoming book, Democracy and (Non-Radical) Orthodoxy:  The Politics of Divine-Human Communion (University of Notre Dame Press) was written as a Senior Fellow at the Center for the Study of Law and Religion at Emory University.

Andrew Walsh
Trinity College
Andrew Walsh is associate director of the Leonard E. Greenberg Center for the Study of Religion in Public Life at Trinity College in Hartford and managing editor of its magazine, Religion in the News. His scholarly work focuses on religion and public life in modern America and the historical experience of Orthodox Christians in this country. Along with Mark Silk, he is author of the 2008 book "One Nation Divisible: How Regional Religious Differences Shape American Political Life." He and Silk are co-editors of the Columbia University Press series "The Future of Religion in America," projected at 12 to 14 volumes. He is completing work on a book, "Orthodox Christianity in America," which will appear in Columbia's Contemporary American Religion series.

Tobias Winright
St. Louis University
Tobias Winright, Ph.D. is associate professor of theological ethics at Saint Louis University in St. Louis, Missouri. A former law enforcement officer in both corrections and policing, he has authored several scholarly articles on just war, just policing, and just peacemaking appearing in the Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics, Studies in Christian Ethics, and elsewhere. His book (coauthored with Mark J. Allman), After the Smoke Clears: The Just War Tradition and Post War Justice, was published by Orbis in 2010. He is also book reviews editor for the international journal, Political Theology.



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