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St. Ambrose faculty members Keith Soko, PhD, Professor, Theology Department and Keri Manning, PhD, Professor, History Department will lead an enlightening discussion, "Dorothy Day and the End of the 'Forever War'" about Christian Catholic social thought and alternatives to violence. In particular, Manning and Soko will indicate how Dorothy Day opened up non-violence and remedies for poverty for the 20th and 21st centuries.
Soko is a theology professor teaching moral theology and religious ethics at St. Ambrose University. His primary interest is in social justice and human rights, which involves the intersection of religion and politics. A recent sabbatical in the fall of 2016 allowed him the opportunity to interview religious groups working for social justice in Washington, D.C. and in Iowa for an upcoming book. He is the author of A Mounting East-West Tension: Buddhist-Christian Dialogue on Human Rights, Social Justice and a Global Ethic. He earned his doctorate from Marquette University in Religious Studies in the area of ethics. Soko is a member of One Human Family QCA, a local interfaith group working for justice and human rights issues in the community.
Manning is a history professor teaching of American history and women and gender studies at St. Ambrose University. She earned her doctoral and master's degrees in history from the University of Kentucky, as well as a graduate certificate in women's studies. Her research interests focus on gender and contemporary America and recently is researching the life of Rose Williams, the elder sister of playwright Tennessee Williams. Manning is a former board member of the St. Joseph the Worker House in Rock Island, Illinois, which formerly operated on the Catholic Worker House model developed by Dorothy Day.