Lovin Lectures at Library of Congress

by Robin Lovin

Dr. Robin Lovin, CTI’s Director of Research, delivered the annual Maguire Lecture at the Library of Congress on January 23. The lecture, which Lovin summarized as a “history of the shrinking moral vocabulary of American politics,” traces developments that have reduced public political arguments to considerations of economic efficiency and national security and identifies sources in for a renewal of political discourse about the human good. The lecture was based on Lovin’s research as scholar in residence at the Kluge Center of the Library of Congress, where he held the Cary and Ann Maguire Chair in Ethics and American History during the spring of 2013. According to the Library of Congress, the chair holder is expected “to explore the history of America with special attention to the ethical dimensions of domestic economic, political, and social policies.” Previous Maguire Chair scholars have included John Witte, Jr., James F. Childress, William F. May, and Jean Bethke Elshtain.