Educating for Justice: Liberal Education and the Development of Just Members of Society

The Third Annual Conversation on the Liberal Arts

January 31 - February 1, 2003




Conversation Speakers and Panelists



William Ascher is the Donald C. McKenna Professor of Government and Economics at Claremont McKenna College, where he also serves as Vice President and Dean of the Faculty. He has a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Michigan, and both an M.Phil. and a Ph.D. in Political Science from Yale University. His research covers policymaking processes in developing countries, natural resource policymaking, Latin American and Asian political economy, and forecasting methodologies.




Beryl Brubaker is the Academic Provost at Eastern Mennonite University, where she has been serving in administrative and academic capacities since 1970. She has nursing degrees from Case Western Reserve University, University of Pennsylvania, and University of Alabama at Birmingham.







Richard T. Hughes serves as Distinguished Professor of Religion and Director of the Center for Faith and Learning at Pepperdine University where he has taught for 20 years. He has a B.A. in Bible from Harding University, an M.A. in History of Christianity from Abilene Christian University, and a Ph.D. in History of Christianity since 1500 from the University of Iowa. His scholarship focuses on the relation between religion and culture in America, church history, and the intersection of faith and learning in church-related higher education.



Randall Jelks is an Associate Professor in History at Calvin College and the Director of Academic Multicultural Affairs. He has a B.A. in History from the University of Michigan, a M.Div. from McCormick Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. in History from Michigan State University. His research and writing interests are in the area of African American religious, urban and Civil Rights history





Irena Makarushka is a Senior Research Fellow at the Association of American Colleges and Universities in Washington, D.C. She received her B.A. in English from St. John’s University, her M.A. in Religion and Literature and her Ph.D. in Philosophy of Religion from Boston University. She has served as faculty member and department chair, associate dean and vice president for academic affairs/dean of the faculty at several liberal arts colleges.




Shirley Mullen is the Provost and Professor of History at Westmont College. She has a B.A. from Houghton College, an M.A. in History from the University of Toronto, a Ph.D. in History from the University of Minnesota and a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Wales. She specializes in 19th century British history, and more generally, the history of ideas.






Rita Pougiales is an Academic Dean at the Evergreen State College. She has a B.A. in History and Anthropology from The Evergreen State College, an M.A. in Philosophy of Education and a Ph.D. in Anthropology and Education from the University of Oregon. Her main areas of interest include: anthropology, philosophy of knowledge and culture, history and practice of education, women's studies, and qualitative research methodologies.





Walter Reed is the William Rand Kenan, Jr. University Professor at Emory College and Director of Emory’s Institute of the Liberal Arts. He received his B.A. and Ph.D. in English at Yale, where he also taught for seven years. His primary field is British Romanticism, but he has also taught in many other literary and interdisciplinary areas.






James Slevin is Professor of English at Georgetown University where he has taught since 1975. He is the Director of the Office of Curriculum and Pedagogy at Georgetown’s Center for Social Justice. He received his B.A. from Providence College, and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Virginia.