April 22, 2015 — Jesuit Father David Hollenbach, a theologian, author and scholar of human rights and ethics, has been named to the Cary and Ann Maguire Chair in Ethics and American History at the Library of Congress’ John W. Kluge Center.
Fr. Hollenbach currently serves as the University Chair in Human Rights and International Justice at Boston College as well as director of its Center for Human Rights and International Justice. His tenure at the Kluge Center will begin in August 2015, and he will spend five months in residence.
A professor of Christian social ethics, Fr. Hollenbach’s research interests are in human rights; theories of justice; religious and ethical responses to humanitarian crises and the displacement of refugees; and religion in political life. His books include "Driven from Home: Protecting the Rights of Forced Migrants” (2010) and "The Common Good and Christian Ethics" (2002).
Fr. Hollenbach has conducted workshops for parliamentarians and for church leadership in South Sudan on the relevance of human rights for the development of their newly independent country. He often serves as a visiting professor of social ethics at Hekima College of The Catholic University of Eastern Africa in Nairobi, Kenya. He has taught at the Jesuit Philosophy Institute in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, and at the East Asian Pastoral Institute in Manila, Philippines. He also works with the Jesuit Refugee Service on advocating for the human rights of displaced persons.
The Cary and Ann Maguire Chair is a distinguished senior research position in residence. Using research facilities and services at the Library of Congress, the scholar is expected to explore the history of America with special attention to the ethical dimensions of domestic economic, political and social policies and present a lecture on the research at the end of the tenure.
At the Library, Fr. Hollenbach will research his current book project, tentatively titled "Humanity in Crisis: Religious and Ethical Responses to War and Disaster." The book will explore the role of faith-based communities in responding to humanitarian crises. The book will also address ethical issues that arise for humanitarian agents working in crisis situations and how ethical values can help shape humanitarian policy. [Source: Library of Congress]