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Nootbaar Institute and Global Justice Program to Host Michael Gerson

Pepperdine’s Herbert and Elinor Nootbaar Institute for Law, Religion, and Ethics and the Global Justice Program will host Michael Gerson for a lecture titled “The Moral and Strategic Imperative of Global Health and Development” on Tuesday, March 29 at the School of Law.

A nationally syndicated columnist who appears twice weekly in the Washington Post, Gerson is a politics, global health, religion, and development guru. With a degree in theology from Wheaton College, he is a policy fellow on governance and economic growth at ONE campaign and a senior research fellow at the Institute for Global Engagement’s Center on Faith and International Affairs. From 2006 to 2009 he was the Roger Hertog senior fellow for the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR).

Ranked ninth in Time’s “The 25 Most Influential Evangelicals in America” in 2005, Gerson served as a policy adviser and chief speechwriter for President George W. Bush from 2000 to 2006, and was the senior editor covering politics at U.S. News & World Report. A speechwriter and policy advisor for Jack Kemp and a speechwriter for Bob Dole during the 1996 presidential campaign, he has also served Senator Dan Coats of Indiana as policy director. His book Heroic Conservatism: Why Republicans Need to Embrace America’s Ideals (And Why They Deserve to Fail if They Don’t) was published in 2007.

The Herbert and Elinor Nootbaar Institute on Law, Religion, and Ethics was created to explore the nexus between these three disciplines, with particular emphasis on the intersection of faith and law.

Under the umbrella of the Nootbaar Institute, the Global Justice Program touches all corners of the globe through its initiatives in international human rights and religious freedom, advancement of the rule of law, and global development.

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