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Martin E. Marty
Fairfax M. Cone Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus
University of Chicago

Martin E. Marty is the Fairfax M. Cone Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus at the University of Chicago. His areas of special interest are American Religious History and the study of militant religious movements around the world.

Dr. Marty is the author of more than 50 books. Among them are Righteous Empire (Harper & Row, 1977), for which he won the National Book Award, and most recently, The Christian World: A Global History (Random House, 2008). Dr. Marty is also the author of numerous essays, articles, papers, chapters, and forewords. He is a columnist for the Christian Century, on whose staff he has served since 1956 and in which his “M.E.M.O” column appears, and has served as an editor of the semimonthly Context, a newsletter on religion and culture, since 1969.

Dr. Marty was President of the American Academy of Religion, the American Society of Church History, and the American Catholic Historical Association. He also has served on two U.S. presidential commissions and was director of both the Fundamentalism Project of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Public Religion Project at the University of Chicago. He has served St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, since 1988 as Regent, Board Chair, Interim President in late 2000, and now as Senior Regent. He was the founding president of the Park Ridge Center for the Study of Health, Faith, and Ethics.

Dr. Marty is a recipient of numerous honors, including the National Humanities Medal, the Medal of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the University of Chicago Alumni Medal, the Distinguished Service Medal of the Association of Theological Schools, and the Order of Lincoln Medallion (Illinois’ top honor).

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Mark Moore Harvard Kennedy School's Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations
James O. Hill University of Colorado at Denver
Blair H. Taylor Los Angeles Urban League
Steven Kelman Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government
David Walker The Peter G. Peterson Foundation
Howard Rosen Trade Adjustment Assistance Coalition

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