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Department of Politics sponsors seminar and lecture, April 14

The Department of Politics , in conjunction with the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions , is sponsoring two events Monday, April 14.

The first, a seminar convened by Robert George, the McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence and director of the Madison program, is titled "Reflections on a Letter from the Birmingham Jail" and will take place at noon in the Senate Chamber of Whig Hall. It will focus on the concepts expressed in a letter written by Martin Luther King Jr. from his jail cell in Birmingham, Ala., in 1963

Participants will include: the Rev. Samuel Atchison, supervisor of chaplaincy services at the New Jersey State Prison in Trenton; Thomas Breidenthal, dean of religious life and dean of the chapel at Princeton; Rabbi James Diamond, director of the Center for Jewish Life at Princeton; Jean Bethke Elshtain, the Laura Spelman Rockefeller Professor at the University of Chicago Divinity School; the Rev. Peter Lillback of the Proclamation Presbyterian Church in Bryn Mawr, Pa.; Father Thomas Mullelly, director/chaplain of Aquinas House in Princeton; and the Rev. DeForest Soaries Jr. of the First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens in Somerset, N.J.

The Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School concert choir, led by Gary Taylor, will sing in honor of King at the close of the discussion. A box lunch will be served while supplies last.

In the second event, Elshtain will speak on "International Justice and American Power" at 8 p.m. in 2 Robertson Hall. She is expected to discuss the connections between political and ethical convictions.

A political philosopher, Elshtain is the author of several books and more than 400 articles and essays in scholarly journals. She also is the editor of "Just War Theory," co-editor of "Women, Militarism and War" and co-author of "But Was It Just? Reflections on the Morality of the Persian Gulf War."

Contact: Eric Quinones (609) 258-3601

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