Abdella Center for Ethics

Dr. Joseph Carens & Dr. Peter Skerry

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About Dr. Joseph Carens & Dr. Peter Skerry

Dr. Peter Skerry is a Professor of Political Science at Boston College and a non-resident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution. He is also on the editorial board of the journal American Politics Research. His writings on politics, racial and ethnic issues, immigration, and social policy have appeared in such publications as The New Republic, The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, National Review, Slate, and The Los Angeles Times. His book, Mexican Americans: The Ambivalent Minority (Harvard University Press), was awarded the 1993 Los Angeles Times Book Prize.  
Dr. Joseph Carens is Professor of Political Science at the University of Toronto. His work focuses on contemporary political theory as well as markets and justice. He is the author of The Ethics of Immigration (2013); Immigrants and the Right to Stay (2010); Culture, Citizenship, and Community (2000); Equality, Moral Incentives, and the Market (1981). In 2002, his book, Culture, Citizenship, and Community: A Contextual Exploration of Justice as Evenhandedness (2000), won the C. B. Macpherson Prize of the Canadian Political Science Association.

About the Abdella Center for Ethics

Saint John’s established the Abdella Center for Ethics in 2003 in memory and honor of George F. Abdella with his son, the Hon. Charles A. Abdella ’60. The annual lecture series complements the “whole person” education in Saint John’s academics and extra-curricular activities by exploring the role that ethical questions play in all aspects of modern life.
Saint John’s has made a continuous effort to provide diverse and noteworthy lectures and programs for its students through the Abdella Center for Ethics Lecture Series. Past speakers include former Secretary of State Dr. Madeleine Albright, Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel, Dr. Paul Farmer, Harvard Professor Michael Sandel, and Mark Kennedy Shriver. See photos of recent Abdella speakers.

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