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Justice-Minded: An Interdisciplinary Workshop for Graduate Students

Wed 10.04.23 @ 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM CDT

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In this seminar spanning four meetings in the Fall of 2023, Upper House is inviting UW-Madison graduate students to engage in a sustained conversation on what justice means in their given context: in their field and scholarship, in the classroom, in their inner integrity as a scholar.

Even in a siloed and fractured university, Christians know that themes like justice and flourishing permeate all fields, all disciplines, all perspectives, and all research agendas. In partnership with the Global Faculty Initiative, we will work through a disciplinary brief on justice intended to stimulate interdisciplinary dialogue, written by philosopher Nicholas Wolterstorff (Yale University). Please join us as we explore the implications of justice for our work and intellectual formation. 


Location and Lunch

All meetings will be held at Upper House in the Birch classroom. Lunch will be provided.


All readings and other resources will be provided by Upper House.

Cohort Size

8 graduate students


Tony Bolos

Tony Bolos is Director of Learning and Formation at Upper House. A philosopher by training, he previously served as Executive Director of New Hope Peru, an organization that serves vulnerable children and families; there he worked with government officials, pastors, and community leaders to launch a pilot foster care program — the first of its kind in southern Peru. Tony’s prior positions also include teaching at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) and the Institute for Advanced Studies in Jerusalem, where he taught a range of courses, including Ethics, Philosophy of Science, and Epistemology. While at VCU, Tony co-founded, with another philosopher, Scholé House — a place where students, faculty, and the Richmond community engage with scholarship related to the Christian tradition. His academic philosophy articles have appeared in Erkenntnis, RatioSynthese, and Faith and Philosophy. He earned his MSc and PhD in Philosophy from the University of Edinburgh, an MA in Philosophy of Religion from Denver Seminary, and a BA in Biblical Studies from Crown College.


Dan Hummel

Dan Hummel is the Director of University Engagement at Upper House, prior to which he held appointments at UW-Madison and Harvard University. The author of The Rise and Fall of DispensationalismHow the Evangelical Battle over the End Times Shaped a Nation (Eerdmans, 2023) and  Covenant Brothers: Evangelicals, Jews, and U.S.-Israeli Relations(University of Pennsylvania Press, 2019), Dan has written articles for the Washington Post, Christianity Today, and Religion News Service. He hosts Upper House’s UpWords podcast, and co-hosts with John Terrill, PhD, With Faith in Mind — a new podcast that offiers a thoughtful and faith-informed perspective on important issues and questions facing our society. His research has been published in Religion & American Culture and Church History.  He earned his PhD in History from UW-Madison, as well as his MA in History and BA in History and Philosophy from Colorado State University. 




Wed 10.04.23
12:00 PM - 1:15 PM CDT
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