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Licata Lecture Series Presented Joseph Loconte for Lecture on Jesus in Darfur
The Pepperdine University School of Public Policy (SPP) welcomed Joseph Loconte as the lecturer of the most recent Charles and Rosemary Licata Lecture on Nov. 29 in the Drescher Auditorium on the Malibu campus. Loconte, Fall 2006 Distinguished Visiting Professor at SPP and Senior Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, discussed "Jesus in Darfur: A Christian Case for Humanitarian Intervention."
Since early 2003, violence in the Darfur region of Sudan has claimed well over 200,000 lives and displaced at least 2 million people. The presence of African Union peacekeepers has not prevented what many call ethnic cleansing—and what the Bush Administration calls genocide. Meanwhile, the United Nations Security Council remains deadlocked over sanctions or the deployment of U.N. troops to stop the killing.
Addressing this difficult topic, Loconte discussed how the Judeo-Christian moral tradition may help promote peace and justice in Darfur. Christian relief workers are on the front lines of the conflict, delivering food and medicine to people in desperate need, but they cannot stop the violence. Drawing both on the U.N.’s “responsibility to protect” doctrine and the “just war” tradition, Loconte offers a new strategy for humanitarian intervention in Sudan.
As a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, D.C., Loconte examines the role of religious belief in strengthening democracy, advancing human rights, and reforming civil society. He previously served as deputy editor of Policy Review, where he wrote widely about religion and politics. His areas of expertise include the importance of religion to American democracy, efforts to promote religious liberty, international human rights, and the relationship of Islam to democratic freedoms.
Loconte served as an expert on human rights for the congressionally mandated Task Force on the United Nations, and contributed to its final report, “American Interests and U.N. Reform.” He is the editor of The End of Illusions: Religious Leaders Confront Hitler’s Gathering Storm and the author of Seducing the Samaritan: How Government Contracts Are Reshaping Social Services. He also serves as a monthly commentator on religion for National Public Radio. Loconte received his master’s degree at Wheaton College and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
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