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Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life

"Yes, God Is Real": A Born-Again Public Intellectual Reflects on Catholic Faith in Reason and Community

John DiIulio, University of Pennsylvania
Date: Thursday, April 17, 2008
Time: 4:30-6:00 PM
Location: Higgins 300

If faith should lead to action, what are the implications of that belief for institutions, particularly universities committed to religious principles? DiIulio will draw on his extraordinary breadth of service in the university, church and government to discuss this and other questions.

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John J. DiIulio, Jr. is the Frederic Fox Leadership Professor of Politics, Religion and Civil Society at the University of Pennsylvania.  He majored in Economics at Penn and received his Ph.D. in Government from Harvard University.  After teaching at Harvard, he spent thirteen years at Princeton University as a professor of politics and public policy. 

He has been a research director at the Brookings Institution, the Manhattan Institute, and Public/Private Ventures.  During his academic leave in 2001-2002, he served as the first director of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives. He has also developed programs to mentor the children of prisoners, provide literacy training in low-income communities, reduce homicides in high-crime police districts and support inner-city Catholic schools that serve low-income children. 

His most recent publications include Godly Republic: A Centrist Blueprint for America’s Faith-Based Future (University of California Press, 2007), and American Government: Institutions and Policies (with James Q. Wilson; Houghton Mifflin and Company, 2007, 11th edition).  He was chief consultant to the documentary “God and the Inner-City.”

A born-again Catholic in the Jesuit and Pentecostal traditions, he professes what Saint Ignatius of Loyola taught: “Love ought to show itself in deeds more than in words.”  He also professes what Saint James taught: “Faith without works is dead.”