Called to Service: The Future of Public Life

April 17, 2001

Is there a crisis of public service? To what extent can careers in the civil service, religious life, and politics as be a force for positive change and social justice? What are the prospects for such change in an age of public skepticism? What can be done to ensure that talented people consider serving and improving their communities and countries?

The International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life invited the Brandeis community to join leading public figures from around the world in a discussion of their experiences in public life, and the future of public service. Members of the Center's Advisory Board, and others, engaged in a round table discussion with the audience.

The evening's speakers included:

  • Diego Arria, Former Ambassador to the United Nations from Venezuela
  • James Carroll, Author and columnist for The Boston Globe, former Catholic Chaplain at Boston University
  • Richard Goldstone, Justice of the Constitutional Court of South Africa, former Chief Prosecutor of the United Nations Criminal Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda
  • Ismat Kittani, Special Advisor to the Secretary-General of the United Nations
  • Albie Sachs, Justice of the Constitutional Court of South Africa
  • Stephen Solarz, '62 Former United States Congressman
  • Theodore Sorensen, Former policy advisor, legal counsel, and speechwriter for President John F. Kennedy
  • Daniel Terris, Director, International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life (moderator)