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Plenary Speakers


April 8th – Robsham Theater


Elizabeth Warren Photo

Senator Elizabeth Warren – 2:30 p.m.

Elizabeth Warren is an American academic and politician, who is the senior U.S. Senator from Massachusetts. She is a member of the Democratic Party, and was previously a Harvard Law School professor specializing in bankruptcy law. A prominent legal scholar, Warren was among the most cited in the field of commercial law while at Harvard University. She is an active consumer protection advocate whose scholarship led to the conception and establishment of the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Warren has written a number of academic and popular works, and is a frequent subject of media interviews regarding the American economy and personal finance.


April 9th – Stokes 195S



Victor Tan Chen – 9 a.m.

Victor Tan Chen is a sociology professor at Virginia Commonwealth University who studies economic inequality. He is the author of Cut Loose: Jobless and Hopeless in an Unfair Economy, and The Missing Class: Portraits of the Near Poor in America, one of the top-selling sociology books of recent years. Chen’s work has been featured in the New York Times, NPR, BBC News, Atlantic Monthly, the Boston Globe, and C-SPAN’s Book TV. Chen received his degrees from Harvard University and was a National Science Foundation postdoctoral fellow at the University of California, Berkeley.


Shaji George Kochuthara – 12:15 p.m.

Shaji George Kochuthara, CMI, teaches moral theology at Dharmaram Vidya Kshetram (DVK) (Pontifical Athenaeum of Theology, Philosophy and Canon Law), Bangalore, India. He has published The Concept of Sexual Pleasure in the Catholic Moral Tradition and writes on ethics of sex and gender, globalization, and economic life. He is the editor-in-chief of Asian Horizons: Dharmaram Journal of Theology and the Chairperson of the Institutional Ethical Review Board of St. John's Medical College, Bangalore. Dr. Kochuthara is a visiting scholar in residence at Boston College's Jesuit Institute for the spring semester.