Forum on Public Morality


In Celebration of the Seventy-Fifth Birthday

of Father Geno Baroni


Sponsored by the Eisenhower Foundation

Broadcast by C-SPAN


October 24-25, 2005

Washington, DC


Monday, October 24, 2005


8:30 am – 10:00 am   





Welcome by forum co-chairs Fred R. Harris, Professor, University of New Mexico

Alan Curtis, President, Eisenhower Foundation


Panel 1:  A Public-Morality Framework

for American Policy and Conventional Wisdom


Lawrence O’Rourke

Author of Geno:  The Life and Mission of Geno Baroni


Joseph D. Duffey

Former Director

United States Information Agency




Joseph B. McNeely


Development Training Institute




Gary Younge

New York Correspondent

The Guardian



Imad-ad-Dean Ahmad


Minaret of Freedom Institute




Dennis DeLeon


Latino Commission on AIDS, New York



10:00 am – 10:30 am      




10:30 am – 11:30 am      

Discussion of Panel 1 Presentations



11:30 am – 12:30 pm 




12:30 pm – 1:45 pm


Panel 2:  A Public Morality Framework

for American Policy and Conventional Wisdom




Marcy Kaptur


United States House of Representatives




William J. Byron

Research Professor of Management and International Business

Loyola College of Maryland

(Former president, Catholic University)


Celinda Lake


Lake, Snell, Perry, Mermin and Associates


William J. Linder


New Community Corporation

1:45 pm – 2:45 pm Discussion of Panel 2 Presentations
2:45 pm – 3:15 pm          Break

3:15 pm – 4:30 pm


Panel 3:  A Public-Morality Framework

for American Policy and Conventional Wisdom


J. Bryan Hehir

Parker Gilbert Montgomery Professor

of the Practice of Religion and Public Life

John F. Kennedy School of Government

Harvard University


David Saperstein

Director and Counsel

Religious Action Center for Reform Judaism


E.J. Dionne, Jr.

Senior Fellow

The Brookings Institution


George Hunsinger

Hazel Thompson McCord Professor of Systematic Theology

Princeton Theological Seminary


Stephen John Thurston


National Baptist Convention of America

4:30 pm – 5:30 pm          Discussion of Panel 3 Presentations

5:30 pm – 7:30 pm          




Reception at Hogan & Hartson

Remarks by Rose Baroni Hebda 

Songs by the St. Augustine Gospel Choir


Tuesday, October 25, 2005



8:30 am – 9:45 am         


Panel 4: The Re-Creation of Coalitions: 

Minorities and Urban Ethnics, Faith-Based and Secular


Stuart E. Eizenstat

Former Chief Domestic Policy Advisor

to President Jimmy Carter


Robert W. Edgar

General Secretary

National Council of Churches


John L. Carr


Department of Social Development and World Peace

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops


Mahdi Bray

Executive Director

Muslim-American Society Freedom Foundation


John A. Kromkowski

Executive Director

National Center for Urban Ethnic Affairs

9:45 am – 10:15 am  Break
10:15 am – 11:15 am Discussion of Panel 4 Presentations

11:15 am – 12 noon


Panel 5:  Grassroots Nonprofit Organizations: 

Evaluation and Capacity Building, Religion and Politics


Robert W. Tuttle


School of Law

George Washington University


Ram Cnaan

Professor and Associate Dean

School of Social Policy & Practice

University of Pennsylvania


Robert J. Wineburg


School of Social Work

University of North Carolina

12 noon – 1:00 pm          Lunch

1:00 pm – 1:45 pm


Panel 5 Continued:  Grassroots Nonprofit Organizations:                      

Evaluation and Capacity Building, Religion and Politics


Peter S. Ujvagi


Ohio State House of Representatives


Timothy McDonald, III


African-American Ministers in Action


C. Welton Gaddy


Interfaith Alliance

1:45 pm – 2:45 pm        Discussion of Panel 5 Presentations
3:15 pm – 4:30 pm        Panel 6:  Final Thoughts – and Strategic Action for the Future

Robert Michael Franklin, Jr.

Presidential Distinguished Professor of Social Ethics

Candler School of Theology

Emory University


Robert F. Drinan

Professor of Law

Former Member

U.S. House of Representatives


Pablo Eisenberg

Senior Fellow, Public Policy Institute

Georgetown University

Former Executive Director

Center for Community Change



4:30 pm – 5:30 pm




Discussion of Future Strategic Action

Facilitated by Leila McDowell

Director for Capacity Building

Eisenhower Foundation



5:30 pm                           Adjournment


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