Loyola University Chicago

Department of Theology

Richard A. McCormick, S.J., Chair of Catholic Moral Theology

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Hille Haker, Richard A. McCormick, S.J., Chair of Moral Theology

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Hille Haker Public Lectures

Hille Haker, Ph.D., holds the Richard McCormick S.J. Endowed Chair of Catholic Moral Theology at Loyola University Chicago. Her research focuses on the foundations of ethics, moral identity, literary & narrative ethics, Christian ethics as critical social ethics, bioethics, and feminist ethics.

Prior to joining the faculty at Loyola, Dr. Haker was Chair of Moral Theology and Social Ethics in the Catholic Theology Department of Frankfurt University (2005 to 2009), Associate Professor of Christian Ethics at Harvard Divinity School (2003 to 2005), and Heisenberg Research Scholar (2002–2003). She holds a Ph.D (1998) and Habilitation (2002) in Christian Theological Ethics from the University of Tübingen, Germany.

From 2015-2018, Hille Haker has been the President of Societas Ethica, European Society for Research in Ethics. She served on the editorial board of the International Journal Concilium for many years and in this role co-edited nine journal issues.
While working in Germany, she was a member of several Bioethics Committees, including the European Group on Ethics in Science and New Technologies to the European Commission from 2005-2015, the German Ethics Committee of the Federal Physicians Chamber, and the Bioethics Committee of the German Bishops Conference.

Her works include three monographs, eight co-edited books, and multiple articles: Moralische Identität. Literarische Lebensgeschichten als Medium ethischer Reflexion (1999), Ethik der genetischen Frühdiagnostik (2002), Hauptsache gesund (2011), and eight co-edited books, among them: The Ethics of Genetics in Human Procreation (2000), Ethik-Geschlecht-Wissenschaften (2006), Medical Ethics in Health Care Chaplaincy (2009), and Religiöser Pluralismus in der Klinikseelsorge (2014), and nine co-edited journal issues for Concilium, among them: Human Trafficking (2011), Postcolonial Theology (2012), The Return of Apocalypticism (2014), and Theology, Anthropology, and Neurosciences (2015).

In 2019, she co-edited with Molly Greening a book on Unaccompanied Migrant Children. Social, Legal, and Ethical Perspectives. Lanham, MD: Lexington, 2019.

Recent Articles include:

  1. Political Ethics and the Rights of Unaccompanied Migrant Children.In: Hille Haker/Molly Greening (eds.): Unaccompanied Migrant Children: Social, Legal, and Ethical Perspectives, Lanham: Lexington 2019, 201-225.
  2. Homeland Theology? Decolonizing Christianity and the Task of Public Theology.In: Jennifer Baldwin (ed.): Public Theologies of Activism and Resistance, Lanham: Lexington, 2019, 163-178.
  3. Feminist Ethics. In: Encyclopedia of Sociology, Second Edition, edited by George Ritzer & Chris Rojek (2019). (online resource, 4 pages entry)
  4. Towards a Decolonial Narrative Ethics, in: Humanities 8,3 (2019), 1-31.

Her current projects include a book on The Renewal of Catholic Social ethics (forthcoming 2019), and a book on two basic concepts of ethics, Recognition and Responsibility

For more on Dr. Haker's election as President of Societas Ethica

Please select the link below to go to Prof. Haker's McCormick Chair inauguration address:
Hille Haker's Inauguration Address

White Supremacy

Breaking White Supremacy: The Black Social Gospel, Martin Luther King, Jr. and the "Fury in the Negro"

Distinguished theologian and ethicist Prof Gary Dorrien gave a lecture titled Breaking White Supremacy: The Black Social Gospel, Martin Luther King, Jr., and the “Fury in the Negro” on Monday, April 16, 2018 at 4 p.m. in the Information Commons, 4th Floor Lecture Hall. Sponsored by the John Cardinal Cody Chair of Theology and the Richard A. McCormick, S.J. Chair in Catholic Moral Theology.

Gary Dorrien is the Reinhold Niebuhr Professor of Social Ethics at Union Theological Seminary and Professor of Religion at Columbia University. Prof. Dorrien is the author of 16 books and approximately 275 articles that range across the fields of ethics, social theory, theology, philosophy, politics, and history. Philosopher Cornel West describes him as “the preeminent social ethicist in North America today” and philosopher Robert Neville describes him as “the most rigorous theological historian of our time.” Prof. Dorrien’s recent book, Kantian Reason and Hegelian Spirit: The Idealistic Logic of Modern Theology, won the PROSE Award from the Association of American Publishers as the best book in Theology and Religious Studies of 2012.

Religion and Violence

4th International McCormick Ethics Colloquium

“Healing the Wounds of Violence: How to Understand and Respond to Religious and Political Violence” was the theme of the 4th International McCormick Ethics Colloquium, which was held on April 18 – 19 in Coffey Hall – McCormick Lounge at Loyola’s Lake Shore Campus. Fr. Michael Pfleger, Senior Pastor of the Faith Community of St. Sabina, gave the colloquium’s keynote lecture at 4:00 p.m. on Monday, April 18, 2016.



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Responsibility and the Integrity of Life
Spring 2014 McCormick Chair Lecture and Colloquium
Thursday, April 16 at 4 p.m.
William Schweiker, Edward L. Ryerson Distinguished Service Professor of Theological Ethics at the University of Chicago Divinity School Information Commons, 4th Floor
Sponsored by the Richard A. McCormick, S.J. Chair of Catholic Moral Theology

Tend the Earth Photo

To Tend the Earth: Responding to the Global Climate Change Crisis
George Crabtree, Senior Scientist, Argonne Distinguished Fellow, Argonne National Laboratory
Lisa Sideris, Associate Professor, Indiana University

Mary Evelyn Tucker, Senior Lecturer and Research Scholar, Yale University
William French, Associate Professor, Loyola University Chicago
Rep. Robyn Gabel, 18th District, Illinois House of Representatives
Kathleen Smythe, Professor, Xavier University
Daniel R. DiLeo, Project Manager of Catholic Climate Covenant
Elke U. Weber, Jerome A. Chazen Professor of International Business and Professor of Management and Psychology at Columbia University
Organized by the the Institute for Environmental Sustainability, the Department of Theology, and the Richard A. McCormick Chair of Catholic Moral Theology

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3rd International McCormick Chair Colloquium

The City as an Intersectional Site of Ethics and Theology

May 23 - 25 
Universität Erfurt

In a continuation of the Spring 2013 dialogue with faculty and students from the Universität Erfurt, the Richard J. McCormick Chair of Catholic Moral Theology co-sponsored the 3rd International McCormick Chair Colloquium with the Universität Erfurt on May 3–5. Twelve Loyola Theology Department faculty and students traveled to Erfurt, Germany to present papers on the topic of "The City as an Intersectional Site on Ethics and Theology."

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Politics and Ethics Photo

"How Politics Became Impossible and Ethics Became Unnecessary: The Shrinking Vocabulary of Modern Public Life"

Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, 11 a.m.–2:30 p.m.
Robin Lovin
Piper Hall
Sponsored by the Richard A. McCormick, S.J. Chair of Catholic Moral Theology

Energy and Environment Photo

"US Energy and Environment: Science, Ethics, & Public Policies"

James Balog, Founder & Director, Extreme Ice Survey, Founder, Earth Vision Trust
Knut Nadelhoffer, University of Michigan
Larry Rasumussen, Union Theological Seminary
Emmanuel Agius, University of Malta
Howard Learner, Environmental Law and Policy Center
Donald Wuebbels, University of Illinois
Jame Schaefer, Marquette University
Mundelein Auditorium
Organized by the Office of the President, the Institute for Environmental Sustainability, the Department of Theology, and the Richard A. McCormick Chair of Catholic Moral Theology

Storytelling Photo

"Storytelling as Sword and Shield: Oak Creek and Supermax—Two Case Studies"

September 26, 2013
Valarie Kaur
Damen Student Center MPR North
Sponsored by the Richard A. McCormick, S.J., Chair of Catholic Moral Theology

McCormick Chair Events and Lectures Archive