Thomas F. Farr
Visiting Associate Professor of Religion and World Affairs
at the Georgetown School of Foreign Service,
Senior Fellow at the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs,
former State Department diplomat
(Listen to this talk online or download the mp3)
approx runtime: 1 hour 31 minutes
“The Widow’s Torment:
How Religious Liberty Can
Increase Stability in the Middle East”
Monday, November 16, 2009
Pleasants Room of the Wilson Library
University of North Carolina
Sponsored by the Ralph McInerny Center for Thomistic Studies
in cooperation with the UNC Center for Global Initiatives,
the Curricula in International and Area Studies and in Peace, War, and Defense,
Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations,
and the History, Political Science, and Sociology Departments
With the generous support of the Lehrman Institute
Thomas F. Farr is Visiting Associate Professor of Religion and World Affairs at Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, and Senior Fellow at the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs, where he directs the Religion and Foreign Policy program. During his career in the Foreign Service, Dr. Farr specialized in strategic military policy, political affairs and religious freedom. During the Cold War he helped develop U.S. strategic nuclear policy, and was part of the U.S. negotiating team in the U.S.-Soviet arms control talks in Geneva. During the last four years of his career Farr served as the first director of the State Department's office of international religious freedom.
A Ph.D. in history from the University of North Carolina, Dr. Farr has published articles in such journals as Foreign Affairs, First Things, and The Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, and has contributed essays to several edited volumes. He has appeared on PBS’s America Abroad, Al Jazeera, and many other media outlets. His book World of Faith and Freedom: Why International Religious Liberty is Vital to American National Security was published by Oxford University Press in 2008.
Dr. Farr served in the U.S. Army and has taught at both the U.S. Military Academy and the U.S. Air Force Academy. He is a member of the Chicago World Affairs Council’s Task Force on Religion and U.S. Foreign Policy and a contributing editor for the Review of Faith and International Affairs. Farr is vice chair of Christian Solidarity Worldwide-USA, which defends religious freedom for all people. He serves on the Expert Committee for the Institute on Religion and Public Policy and on the Advisory Committee of the Center for Democracy and Human Rights in Saudi Arabia. Farr is a recipient of the Jan Karski Wellspring of Freedom Award, presented by the Institute on Religion and Public Policy for contributions to religious freedom.