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Updated Program for the 36th International Meeting of THE ERIC VOEGELIN SOCIETY

Updated Program For The 36th International Meeting Of THE ERIC VOEGELIN SOCIETY

36th International Meeting of THE ERIC VOEGELIN SOCIETY, 2020

American Political Science Association Meeting,

September 10-13,

Scheduled for San Francisco, Moved Online



David Walsh, Meeting Director

[email protected]


Dear Friends,

This is our modified EVS meeting that is significantly adjusted from what was distributed earlier in the summer.  Please take note that the times here are listed as MT (Mountain Time).  You will have to calculate the time for your own time zone.  Eastern Time is obtained by adding two hours to the times listed below.  This was a convention selected by APSA to accommodate a meeting that takes place nowhere, just like St. Thomas More’s Utopia.  So while you too will not be travelling, you will be visiting that strange island.  Registration is required by our host and they will oversee the login authentications.  Much will depend on the good offices of our panel chairs who should familiarize themselves with videoconferencing basics.  No doubt APSA will distribute guidelines.

As always it is very important that the panelists receive your paper or remarks in advance of the meeting.  Discussants should be given the opportunity to prepare responses and fellow panelists may wish to make comments as well.  For many years the Eric Voegelin Institute has posted papers and maintained an archive.  I strongly encourage you to forward your papers to Jim Stoner ([email protected]) who will preserve this record of our proceedings.

Another item of note is that APSA wishes to include the Related Groups among their listed divisions.  This means that we need to have all who are APSA members indicate the Eric Voegelin Society among the divisions to which they belong.  Simply login as a member, click on your name at the top, look over the Related Groups boxes, and click EVS.  Nothing more is required at this time, although this may purport other changes in the relationship which is now 36 years old!  The only requirement is that Related Groups have at least 35 members, which is definitely not a problem for us. For now this may merely be a housekeeping exercise, but one that I strongly urge you to take care of as soon as you can.

Finally, I remind you of the continued importance of your contributions.  Unlike the residents of Utopia we have not been entirely able to dispense with the need for money.  In particular we have continuing needs in the area of digital support.  VoegelinView may be virtual but it is not free.  Even with the volunteer labor on which it exists there are recurrent expenses of a professional nature. We depend on the generosity of contributors and donors who should send their remittances by clicking the Donate button.



As everyone knows, the Eric Voegelin Society seeks to occupy the frontiers of science, even as those boundaries lie further back in time.  The launch of a new series at the University of Notre Dame Press, under the editorship of James Stoner and David Walsh, is emblematic of our aspiration to think about politics in the most comprehensive horizon. With a Voegelinian nod it is titled THE BEGINNING AND THE BEYOND OF POLITICS. We are pleased to be associated with the fine work of the Press under its Director, Steve Wrinn, and to be listed alongside Solzhenitsyn, Manent, and other luminaries.  The first two volumes of the series have just appeared, Barry Cooper, Paleolithic Politics: The Human Community in Early Art, and David Walsh, The Priority of the Person: Political, Philosophical, and Historical Discoveries. Other members who have recently published books include Trevor Shelley, Globalization and Liberalism: Montesquieu, Tocqueville, and Manent (also Notre Dame), James Greenaway (ed.), Human Dignity, Education, and Political Society: A Philosophical Defense of the Liberal Arts (Lexington), and our indefatigable Lee Trepanier (ed.), Eric Voegelin’s Asian Political Thought (Lexington).


Notes on the Virtual Format

The Eric Voegelin Society has at this point weathered many a storm and I’m sure we will overcome this pandemic migration to an online format. Like most things in life we learn what we need mainly by doing it.  Riding a bicycle cannot be learned by reading the manual.  So for those who have not had the exposure to virtual communication many of us have endured in recent months,  please take courage.  Our panels will not be like Zoom meetings to which you respond from an invitation.  They will be simpler than that.  Just go to the program, sign in with your name and password when you registered, find your panel or the panel you want to observe, click on it and you’re in.  You can even go there right now, although no one else is likely to be present.  Don’t worry, we will all arrive at the appointed day and time.  Your room is already open. The times listed on the APSA website correspond to your time zone.  Make sure you have the correct time for your panel.  Technical support is available throughout.  Please note that the Business Meeting and Reception on Saturday will be a Zoom meeting, which you can find under the APSA Panels and Receptions or by searching for it.


Wednesday, September 9, 2:00-3:30

Panel 1: Roundtable on Human Dignity, Liberal Education, and Political Society

Chair:  Jeffrey Polet, [email protected]; Hope College
James Greenaway, [email protected]; St. Mary’s University
Steven McGuire, [email protected]; Villanova University
Carol B Cooper, [email protected]; University of Houston

Andrew Bove, [email protected]; Villanova University



Thursday, September 10, 8:00-9:30

Panel 2: Music and Poetry as Constitutive of Political Community

Chair: Thomas Heilke, [email protected]; University of British Columbia

Law, Music, and Friendship in Aristotle’s Best Regime

John Boersma, [email protected]; Louisiana State University

“The Body Itself Balks Account”: Whitman’s Carnal Burkeanism and Democracy

David M. Sollenberger, [email protected]; Penn State University

The Political Theory of Flannery O’Connor: Displacement and Community

Lorraine Krall McCrary, [email protected]; Wabash College

Discussants: Brad Gilmore, [email protected]; Independent Scholar

Andrew Bove, [email protected]; Villanova University


Thursday, September 10, 10:00-11:30

 Panel 3: Election 2020: Analysis and Predictions

Chair: Matthew Green, [email protected]; The Catholic University of America

Matthew Green, [email protected]; The Catholic University of America

Mark Rozell, [email protected]; George Mason University

Geoff Pallay, [email protected]; Ballotpedia

George Elliott Morris, [email protected]; The Economist


Thursday, September 10, 12:00-1:30

Panel 4: Person and Polity: Roundtable

Chair: Steven P. Millies, [email protected]; Chicago Theological Union

David J. Walsh, [email protected]; Catholic University of America

John McNerney, [email protected]; Catholic University of America
Steven McGuire, [email protected]; Villanova University
Gustavo A. Santos, [email protected]; Catholic University of America



Friday, September 11, 8:00-9:30

Panel 5: Foundations of a Constitutional Order

Chair: David M. Sollenberger, [email protected]; Penn State University

John Locke, the Rise of Parliament, & the Conceptualization of Legislative Power

James Stoner, [email protected]; Louisiana State University

Due Process of Classic Natural Law

Joseph S. Devaney, [email protected]; Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College

The Political Whole and the Knowledge of Human Nature in Aristotle

Michael Hickman, [email protected]; University of Mary

Hadley Arkes and the Natural Law

Thomas Lordan, [email protected]; Independent Scholar

Discussant: Steven J. Brust, [email protected]; Eastern New Mexico University

Dennis Coyle, [email protected]; The Catholic University of America


Friday, September 11, 10:00-11:30

Panel 6:  Political Theology I: Schmitt, Manent, and Iqbal

Chair:  Eduard Schmidt-Passos, Texas State University, [email protected]
“Political Theology Beyond Sovereignty: The Concept of the Constitution”
Ndifreke Ette,  SUNY Potsdam; [email protected]

“Reason and Grace, Prudence and Providence: Pierre Manent on the Necessary Collaboration of the Pride of the Citizen and the Humility of the Christian”
Daniel J. Mahoney, Assumption College, [email protected]

“The Muslim Political Theology of Muhammad Iqbal”
Scott Philip Segrest, The Citadel, [email protected]

Discussants: Eduardo Schmidt-Passos, Texas State University, [email protected]


Friday, September 11, 12:00-1:30

Panel 7: Political Theology II: Strauss, Balthasar, Voegelin

Chair: David Walsh, [email protected]; The Catholic University of America

“Does Politics Need a Theology? Leo Strauss’s reflections on Hegel”
Grant Havers, Trinity Western University, [email protected]

“A Credible Politics: Hans Urs von Balthasar’s Political Theology of Love”
Carol Cooper, University of Houston, [email protected]

“A Minimum Wage and Catholic Social Thought”

Jeremy Geddert, [email protected]; Assumption College

Discussant: Carol Cooper, University of Houston, [email protected]


Friday, September 11, 2:00-3:30

Panel 8: Commerce and Manners in Edmund Burke’s Political Economy, by Gregory M. Collins

Chair: Ryan Patrick Hanley, [email protected]; Boston College
Daniel J. Mahoney, [email protected]; Assumption College
Brandon Turner, [email protected]; Clemson University
Steven Hayward, [email protected]; University of California at Berkeley
Gregory Collins, [email protected]; Yale University



Saturday, September 12, 8:00-9:30

Panel 9: Paleolithic Paths into the Present

Chair: David M. Sollenberger, [email protected]; Penn State University

Paleolithic Politics

Barry Cooper, [email protected]; University of Calgary

Experience and Symbols in History

Wolfgang Leidhold, [email protected]; University of Cologne

Revisiting the Charge of Historicism: Voegelin, Strauss, and Collingwood

Philip DeMahy, [email protected]; University of Louisiana

Eric Voegelin and the Chinese Context

Muen Liu, [email protected]; Institute for Political Science, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg

Discussants: John von Heyking, [email protected], University of Lethbridge

Lee Cheek, [email protected]; East Georgia State University



Saturday, September 12, 12:00-1:30

Panel 10:  Voegelin’s New Science of Politics Seventy Years Later

Chair: David Clinton, David_Clinto[email protected]; Baylor University

Graham Greene’s Critique of Ideology and Modern Rationalism in War

Michael Roland Gonzalez, [email protected]; Baylor University

The Moral Imagination of Reinhold Niebuhr

Reed M. Davis, [email protected]; Seattle Pacific University

The Arc of History Bends Toward Justice: Martin Luther King and Eric Voegelin

Daniel G. Lang, [email protected]; Lynchburg College

E. H. Carr’s Twenty Years’ Crisis: Reconciling Realism and Utopia

Greg Russell, [email protected]; University of Oklahoma

Discussant: David Clinton, [email protected]; Baylor University


Saturday, September 12, 2:00-3:30

Panel 11: The Presence of the Past: Roundtable

Chair: Martin Palous, [email protected]; Florida International University
 David J. Walsh, [email protected]; Catholic University of America
 Henrik Syse, [email protected]; Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO)
 Glenn Hughes, [email protected]; St. Mary’s University
 Barry Cooper, [email protected]; University of Calgary



Sunday, September 13, 8:00-9:30

Panel 12: Liberal Order and the Tension of Existence

Chair: Dennis J. Coyle, [email protected]; Catholic University of America

David Hume’s Modern Epicurean Political Theory

Aaron Alexander Zubia, [email protected]; Princeton University

Natural Law and the Tension of Existence

Sarah Thomas, [email protected]

Religious Freedom in Liberalism: Conflict in the Differentiation of Transcendence

Gustavo A. Santos, [email protected]; Catholic University of America

David M. Sollenberger, [email protected]; Penn State University


 Sunday, September 13, 10-11:30

Panel 13: Conversion as Personal and Political

Chair: Jerry L. Martin, [email protected]; University of Colorado at Boulder

Love and Other Conversions

Jerry L. Martin, [email protected]; University of Colorado at Boulder

To Jump the Tenses

Abigail L. Rosenthal, [email protected]; Brooklyn College of the City of New York

The Virtue of Religion: A Defense Against Gnosticism

Macon W. Boczek, [email protected]; Kent State University

Authentic Being in the World:The Return of Socrates and Overcoming of Gnosticism

Stephen Calogero, [email protected]; St. Mary’s University

Discussants: James Greenaway, [email protected]; St. Mary’s University

Timothy Fuller, [email protected]; Colorado College



Sunday, September 13, 12:00-1:30

Panel 14: Voegelin in the 21st Century: New Reflections on “The New Science of Politics”

Chair: Barry Cooper, [email protected]; University of Calgary

Modern Political Existence: The Crisis of Self-Interpretation

Holly Elizabeth Ching, [email protected]; University of Calgary

Handmaids to Representation: Political Science in a Post-Modern Crisis

Kelsey Gordon, [email protected]

Representation in Politics: Transcendental Dreaming and Existential Crisis

Micheal Ziegler, [email protected]; University of Victoria

Discussants:  Thomas Heilke, [email protected]; University of British Columbia

Timothy Fuller, [email protected]; Colorado College


Saturday, September 12

Business Meeting                                                                              4:30-5:30

Reception (BYOB)                                                                            5:30-7:00      



David WalshDavid Walsh

David Walsh

David Walsh is the Chair Board Member of VoegelinView, President of the Eric Voegelin Society, and Professor of Political Science at Catholic University of America. He is the author of a three-volume study of modernity: After Ideology: Recovering the Spiritual Foundations of Freedom (Harper/Collins, 1990), The Growth of the Liberal Soul (Missouri, 1997), and The Modern Philosophical Revolution: The Luminosity of Existence (Cambridge, 2008). His latest book is Politics of the Person and as the Politics of Being (Notre Dame, 2015).

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