Finalized Program for 36nd International Meeting of THE ERIC VOEGELIN SOCIETY, 2020, Moved Online

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 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 distribute 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 ( 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.


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

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

Chair:  Jeffrey Polet,; Hope College

James Greenaway,; St. Mary's University

Steven McGuire,; Villanova University

Carol B. Cooper,; University of Houston

Andrew Bove,; Villanova University


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

Panel 2: Music and Poetry as Constitutive of Political Community

Chair: Thomas Heilke,; University of British Columbia

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

John Boersma,; Louisiana State University

"The Body Itself Balks Account": Whitman's Carnal Burkeanism and Democracy

David M. Sollenberger,; Penn State University

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

Lorraine Krall McCrary,; Wabash College

Discussants: Brad Gilmore,; Independent Scholar

Andrew Bove,; Villanova Universit


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

Panel 3: Election 2020: Analysis and Predictions

Chair: Matthew Green,; The Catholic University of America

Matthew Green,; The Catholic University of America

Mark Rozell,; George Mason University

Geoff Pallay,; Ballotpedia

George Elliott Morris, elliottmorris@economist.comThe Economist


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

Panel 4: Person and Polity: Roundtable

Chair: Steven P. Millies,; Chicago Theological Union

David J. Walsh,; Catholic University of America

John McNerney,; Catholic University of America

Steven McGuire,; Villanova University

Gustavo A. Santos,; Catholic University of America


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

Panel 5: Foundations of a Constitutional Order

Chair: David M. Sollenberger,; Penn State University

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

James Stoner,; Louisiana State University

Due Process of Classic Natural Law

Joseph S. Devaney,; Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College

The Political Whole and the Knowledge of Human Nature in Aristotle

Michael Hickman,; University of Mary

Hadley Arkes and the Natural Law

Thomas Lordan,; Independent Scholar

Discussant: Steven J. Brust,; Eastern New Mexico University

Dennis Coyle,; 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,
Political Theology Beyond Sovereignty: The Concept of the Constitution

Ndifreke Ette,  SUNY Potsdam;

"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,

"The Muslim Political Theology of Muhammad Iqbal"
Scott Philip Segrest, The Citadel,

Discussants: Eduardo Schmidt-Passos, Texas State University,


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

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

Chair: David Walsh,; The Catholic University of America

Does Politics Need a Theology? Leo Strauss's reflections on Hegel
Grant Havers, Trinity Western University,

A Credible Politics: Hans Urs von Balthasar's Political Theology of Love
Carol Cooper, University of Houston,

A Minimum Wage and Catholic Social Thought

Jeremy Geddert,; Assumption College

Discussant: Carol Cooper, University of Houston,


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,; Boston College

Daniel J. Mahoney,; Assumption College

Brandon Turner,; Clemson University

Steven Hayward,; University of California at Berkeley

Gregory Collins,; Yale University


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

Panel 9: Paleolithic Paths into the Present

Chair: David M. Sollenberger,; Penn State University Paleolithic Politics

Barry Cooper,; University of Calgary

Experience and Symbols in History

Wolfgang Leidhold,; University of Cologne

The Role of "metaxy" in the political philosophy of Eric Voegelin

Jaroslaw Marek Duraj,; Macau Ricci Institute

Discussant: John von Heyking,, University of Lethbridge


Saturday, September 12, 10:00-11:30

Panel 10: Volume V: The Crisis of Civilization and the Next Leap in Being 

Chair: Manfred Henningsen,; University of Hawaii, Manoa

Voegelin's Concepts of Politics

Manfred Henningsen,; University of Hawaii, Manoa

The Truth Quest as an Ordering Response to Ecological Chaos

Andrew Hoffman,; Independent Scholar

The It Reality and an Emerging Paradigm in the Ecozoic Era

Masahide Teale Kato,; University of Hawaii at West Oahu

The Paradox of Consciousness as an Opening to a New Political Cosmology

Louis Gershon Herman,; University of Hawaii

Discussants: Barry Cooper,; University of Calgary; Paul Caringella,, Hoover Institution.


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

Panel 11:  Voegelin's New Science of Politics Seventy Years Later

Chair: David Clinton,; Baylor University

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

Michael Roland Gonzalez,; Baylor University

The Moral Imagination of Reinhold Niebuhr

Reed M. Davis,; Seattle Pacific University

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

Daniel G. Lang,; Lynchburg College

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

Greg Russell,; University of Oklahoma

Discussant: David Clinton,; Baylor University


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

Panel 12: The Presence of the Past: Roundtable

Chair: Martin Palous,; Florida International University

David J. Walsh,; Catholic University of America

Henrik Syse,; Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO)

Glenn Hughes,; St. Mary's University

Barry Cooper,; University of Calgary


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

Panel 13: Liberal Order and the Tension of Existence

Chair: Dennis J. Coyle,; Catholic University of America

David Hume's Modern Epicurean Political Theory

Aaron Alexander Zubia,; Princeton University

Natural Law and the Tension of Existence

Sarah Thomas,

Religious Freedom in Liberalism: Conflict in the Differentiation of Transcendence

Gustavo A. Santos,; Catholic University of America

David M. Sollenberger,; Penn State University


Sunday, September 13, 10-11:30

Panel 14: Conversion as Personal and Political

Chair: Jerry L. Martin,; University of Colorado at Boulder

Love and Other Conversions

Jerry L. Martin,; University of Colorado at Boulder

To Jump the Tenses

Abigail L. Rosenthal,; Brooklyn College of the City of New York

The Virtue of Religion: A Defense Against Gnosticism

Macon W. Boczek,; Kent State University

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

Stephen Calogero,; St. Mary's University

Discussants: James Greenaway,; St. Mary's University;

Timothy Fuller,; Colorado College


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

Panel 15: Voegelin in the 21st Century: New Reflections on "The New Science of Politics"

Chair: Barry Cooper,; University of Calgary

Modern Political Existence: The Crisis of Self-Interpretation

Holly Elizabeth Ching,; University of Calgary

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

Kelsey Gordon,

Representation in Politics: Transcendental Dreaming and Existential Crisis

Micheal Ziegler,; University of Victoria

Discussants:  Thomas Heilke,; University of British Columbia

Timothy Fuller,; Colorado College


Sunday, September 13, 2:00-3:30

Panel 16: The Question of Empire: China and America

Chair: Barry Cooper,; University of Calgary

American Empire

Richard J. Bishirjian,; American Academy of Distance Learning

Eric Voegelin and the Chinese Context

Muen Liu,; Institute for Political Science, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg

Discussants: Barry Cooper,; University of Calgary

John von Heyking,, University of Lethbridge


Saturday, September 12

Business Meeting                                                                            4:30-5:30

Reception (BYOB)                                                                            5:30-7:00   


Please be sure to submit your proposal to APSA for the 2020 Eric Voegelin Society Annual Meeting on September 10-13 in San Francisco. When you submit your proposal, please send it to the Related Groups: Eric Voegelin Society. The APSA website is available here.

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David Walsh

Professor of Political Science at The Catholic University of America. He is the author of a three-volume study of modernity: After Ideology: Recovering the Spiritual Foundations of Freedom, The Growth of the Liberal Soul, and The Modern Philosophical Revolution: The Luminosity of Existence.