The Prophetic Conflict: Reinhold Niebuhr and the Second World War

A public lecture by William Charles Inboden, University of Texas-Austin.

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Women’s Building Formal Lounge Washington University in St. Louis

One Brookings Drive
St. Louis, MO 63130

William Charles Inboden, an assistant professor of public affairs in the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, University of Texas at Austin, gave a public lecture titled, “The Prophetic Conflict: Reinhold Niebuhr and the Second World War,” at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 27, 2011 in the Women’s Building Formal Lounge at Washington University in St. Louis

Elizabeth Borgwardt, associate professor of history, Washington University in St. Louis, and K. Healan Gaston, lecturer on American religious history, Harvard Divinity School, offered responses to the lecture.

About William Charles Inboden

William Inboden is a Distinguished Scholar at the Strauss Center for International Security and Law and an Assistant Professor at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas-Austin. He is also a Non-Resident Fellow with the German Marshall Fund of the United States. Previously he served as Senior Director for Strategic Planning on the National Security Council at the White House, where he worked on a range of foreign policy issues including the National Security Strategy, democracy and governance, contingency planning, counter-radicalization, and multilateral institutions and initiatives. Inboden also worked at the Department of State as a Member of the Policy Planning Staff and a Special Advisor in the Office of International Religious Freedom, and has worked as a staff member in both the United States Senate and the House of Representatives.

Inboden has also served as Senior Vice President of the London-based Legatum Institute, and as a Civitas Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute. He is a contributing editor to Foreign Policy magazine, and his commentary has appeared in numerous outlets including the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post, NPR, and BBC. He has lectured widely in academic and policy settings, and received numerous research and professional development fellowships. He is the author of Religion and American Foreign Policy, 1945-1960: The Soul of Containment (Cambridge University Press). Inboden received his PhD and MA degrees in history from Yale University, and his AB from Stanford University.


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