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Globalization, Governance, and Norms

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How do religion and values legitimate, shape, and conflict with global political, cultural, and legal systems? In what ways does globalization intersect with the resurgence of public religion? To what extent do we live in a post-secular world and how does that influence societal norms? This collection features events convened by the Berkley Center since 2005, which cover these complex and fascinating questions.



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May 10, 2018 Georgetown University
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May 7, 2018 | Over the past three decades, climate change has become an increasingly prominent topic on the global agenda as advocates have marshaled scientific, policy, and moral support to protect the environment. In addition to state actors and the private sector—who engage in traditional coordinated advocacy efforts for environmental protection policies—faith-inspired actors can foster significant change in addressing environmental challenges as key participants in sacred spaces,...
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May 7, 2018 Georgetown University
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April 24, 2018 | Since the 2011 Arab uprisings, the progression of events in the Middle East has provoked new questions on the role of political Islam in the region. The Arab Spring offered Islamist parties the opportunity and challenge of governance, and the widely varying results led many observers to reconsider basic assumptions on political Islam. Lines drawn between ideology and politics have become blurred. Common conceptions of Islam and the nation-state as incompatible have come under...
Globalization, Governance, and Norms
Mar 28, 2018 Georgetown University
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March 19, 2018 | The year 2017 saw worldwide celebrations and retrospectives of the sixteenth-century reformations in the Christian church—reformations that gave rise to Protestant churches and also reform within the Catholic Church. Rather than offering another retrospective look at these momentous events, the 2018 Berkley Lecture, featuring William Schweiker of the University of Chicago, explored the possible future impact of the reformations, especially the Protestant Reformation. The...
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Feb 22, 2018 Georgetown University
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What explains the tense relationship between religion and democracy in the contemporary Philippines? President Rodrigo Duterte’s controversial “war on drugs” represents a challenge not only to human rights advocates, but also to the “benevolent secularism” enshrined in Philippine institutions since the fall of the Marcos dictatorship in 1986. Drawing on research from his book Faithful to Secularism: The Religious Politics of Democracy in Ireland, Senegal, and the Philippines, David...
Globalization, Governance, and Norms
Nov 20, 2017 Georgetown University
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February 17, 2017 | During the last years of President Lyndon Johnson's administration, defense secretary Robert McNamara launched the compilation of a classified review of the United States' involvement in Southeast Asia. He hoped it would remain secret for decades but eventually serve as a valued source for the study of American foreign policy in the Cold War era. But Daniel Ellsberg, a former Pentagon employee who had become skeptical of the Vietnam War and related military operations, in...
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Nov 20, 2017 Georgetown University
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November 15, 2017 | In today's world, Western societies are facing contemporary challenges in relation to the public realm. These problems embrace local issues, such as the decline of traditional neighborhoods and the loss of neighborliness in large cities, as well as wider issues, such as the fear of difference and "otherness" (particularly seen in large, radically plural cities), the growth of nationalism and populism, and the anger within citizens that perpetuates these issues....
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Oct 24, 2017 Georgetown University
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For the past several years, the global migrant crisis has dominated international headlines, and journalists have been at the frontlines of the issue, documenting the plight of displaced persons and their reception in and impact on their new host countries. Among these journalists are Pulitzer Center grantees Ben Taub, Robin Shulman, and Alice Su, whose work on refugees and migrants has been published by media outlets from around the world, including the New Yorker, NPR, Time and the Washington...
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Jun 28, 2017 Georgetown University
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September 21, 2016 | In 2015, the International Higher Education Interfaith Leadership Forum (IHEILF) was initiated to bring a global perspective to the President’s Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge. 2016 marked the second year that international participants were invited to participate in the President’s Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge and related events in Washington, D.C. Scholars, community leaders, and students from over 20 countries convened at...
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Jun 28, 2017 Georgetown University
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April 19, 2017 | The Souls of China: The Return of Religion After Mao (2017) tells the story of one of the world's great spiritual revivals. Following a century of violent anti-religious campaigns, China is now filled with new temples, churches, and mosques—as well as cults, sects, and politicians trying to harness religion for their own ends. Driving this explosion of faith is uncertainty about what it means to be Chinese and how to live an ethical life in a country that discarded...
Globalization, Governance, and Norms
Jun 27, 2017 Georgetown University
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February 17, 2017 | During the last years of President Lyndon Johnson's administration, defense secretary Robert McNamara launched the compilation of a classified review of the United States' involvement in Southeast Asia. He hoped it would remain secret for decades but eventually serve as a valued source for the study of American foreign policy in the Cold War era. But Daniel Ellsberg, a former Pentagon employee who had become skeptical of the Vietnam War and related military operations, in...
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Jun 27, 2017 Georgetown University
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November 17, 2016 | The "Lecture Series on Global Justice" aims to address the central challenges of ethics, international law, and human rights in a turbulent era. In the series' inaugural lecture, Ambassador Mark P. Lagon suggested how U.S. leadership can and must be a catalyst of norms of global justice, with a focus on the importance of U.S. conduct on treaties, trade policy, trafficking in persons, torture, targeting of suspected terrorists, transparency in campaign finance, and...
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September 21, 2016 In the United States and around the world, college and university campuses are at the forefront of innovative efforts that further interreligious and intercultural understanding. Two global, interrelated challenges—the refugee crisis and violent extremism among youth—are important areas where institutions of higher education are making distinctive contributions. Scholars, community leaders, and students from around the world discussed how colleges and universities can...
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Jun 27, 2017 Georgetown University
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February 17, 2017 | During the last years of President Lyndon Johnson's administration, defense secretary Robert McNamara launched the compilation of a classified review of the United States' involvement in Southeast Asia. He hoped it would remain secret for decades but eventually serve as a valued source for the study of American foreign policy in the Cold War era. But Daniel Ellsberg, a former Pentagon employee who had become skeptical of the Vietnam War and related military operations, in...
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Jun 26, 2017 Georgetown University
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September 30, 2016 | In his 2015 encyclical, Laudato Si (“On Care of Our Common Home”), Pope Francis called for the peoples of the world to take responsibility for the Earth. In response, the Berkley Center hosted a day-long program exploring the under-examined role of ethics in the formulation of environmental policy in the branches and agencies of the federal government. Panelists discussed the intersection of environmental policy with three other fields of policymaking: national...
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Jun 26, 2017 Georgetown University
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September 30, 2016 | In his 2015 encyclical, Laudato Si (“On Care of Our Common Home”), Pope Francis called for the peoples of the world to take responsibility for the Earth. In response, the Berkley Center hosted a day-long program exploring the under-examined role of ethics in the formulation of environmental policy in the branches and agencies of the federal government. Panelists discussed the intersection of environmental policy with three other fields of policymaking: national...
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Jun 26, 2017 Georgetown University
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June 20, 2016 | In recent years, there has been an upsurge of interest within foreign ministries in Europe and North America about the role and importance of religion in world affairs. Diplomats increasingly recognize the need to better understand religious dynamics and to incorporate engagement with religious actors into the policymaking process. And yet religion remains a sensitive topic, one that generates significant wariness in government circles. Officials from European foreign ministries...
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Jun 26, 2017 Georgetown University
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September 30, 2016 | In his 2015 encyclical, Laudato Si (“On Care of Our Common Home”), Pope Francis called for the peoples of the world to take responsibility for the Earth. In response, the Berkley Center hosted a day-long program exploring the under-examined role of ethics in the formulation of environmental policy in the branches and agencies of the federal government. Panelists discussed the intersection of environmental policy with three other fields of policymaking: national...
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Jun 26, 2017 Georgetown University
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February 17, 2017 | During the last years of President Lyndon Johnson's administration, defense secretary Robert McNamara launched the compilation of a classified review of the United States' involvement in Southeast Asia. He hoped it would remain secret for decades but eventually serve as a valued source for the study of American foreign policy in the Cold War era. But Daniel Ellsberg, a former Pentagon employee who had become skeptical of the Vietnam War and related military operations, in...
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Jun 26, 2017 Georgetown University
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September 30, 2016 | In his 2015 encyclical, Laudato Si (“On Care of Our Common Home”), Pope Francis called for the peoples of the world to take responsibility for the Earth. In response, the Berkley Center hosted a day-long program exploring the under-examined role of ethics in the formulation of environmental policy in the branches and agencies of the federal government. Panelists discussed the intersection of environmental policy with three other fields of policymaking: national...
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Jun 26, 2017 Georgetown University
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September 30, 2016 | In his 2015 encyclical, Laudato Si (“On Care of Our Common Home”), Pope Francis called for the peoples of the world to take responsibility for the Earth. In response, the Berkley Center hosted a day-long program exploring the under-examined role of ethics in the formulation of environmental policy in the branches and agencies of the federal government. Panelists discussed the intersection of environmental policy with three other fields of policymaking: national...
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Jun 21, 2017 Georgetown University
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September 10, 2013 This symposium, marking the centenary of Sophia University in Tokyo, explored challenges and opportunities for Japan-United States relations in the Asia-Pacific. Three panels examined the bilateral relationship and its regional significance from the perspectives of diplomacy, education, and technology. Ambassador Ichiro Fujisaki and former Deputy Secretary of State James Steinberg led a closing podium discussion.
Globalization, Governance, and Norms
Jun 21, 2017 Georgetown University
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September 10, 2013 This symposium, marking the centenary of Sophia University in Tokyo, explored challenges and opportunities for Japan-United States relations in the Asia-Pacific. Three panels examined the bilateral relationship and its regional significance from the perspectives of diplomacy, education, and technology. Ambassador Ichiro Fujisaki and former Deputy Secretary of State James Steinberg led a closing podium discussion.
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January 29, 2009 David Brooks and E.J. Dionne, Jr. discussed the lasting impact of Reinhold Niebuhr and Christian Realism on American political and theological ideas with public radio host Krista Tippett. They addressed how Christian Realism presents an enduring option for many aspects of our political life, from foreign policy and the war on terror to issues about religion's role in politics. As Barack Obama took office, there was opportunity to reflect both upon the past presidential election...
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Jun 21, 2017 Georgetown University
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February 26, 2013 The global resurgence of religion in the public sphere is not a new phenomenon. But in Europe it has recently occasioned particularly strong controversy, for example through the French Catholic Church's opposition to same-sex marriage, contestation over the legal status of religious circumcision in Germany, and ongoing disputes surrounding the status of Muslim minorities. In these cases and others, the boundaries between the private and the public spheres, between religion and...
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March 24, 2014 | Is religious freedom good for business? Can religious liberty aid economic development, or help reduce poverty? What are the limits of religious freedom? Under the law, are for-profit businesses entitled to the exercise of that right in the United States? Does the HHS contraceptive mandate under the Affordable Care Act restrict the religious freedom of businesses? What are the legal, economic, and political implications of the answer to that question? On March 24, the day...
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Jun 21, 2017 Georgetown University
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November 3, 2009 This day-long event consisted of four panels, each of which examined the question of religion and democracy in U.S. foreign policy from a different perspective. The panels addressed the role of religious actors in U.S. democracy programs and policies, the "twin tolerations" and democratic stability in highly religious societies, emerging trends in the data concerning the relationships between religion and democracy, and the relationship between Islam and democracy in...
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Jun 21, 2017 Georgetown University
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October 26, 2006 The roundtable on Michael Kazin's A Godly Hero: The Life of William Jennings Bryan was cosponsored by the American Studies Department, the Department of History, and the Department of Government. A Godly Hero attempts to replace the image of Bryan as an anti-intellectual racist tied to fundamentalist religion with that of a populist orator and statesman who profoundly influenced the Democratic Party with his brand of faith-based liberalism.
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Jun 21, 2017 Georgetown University
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November 17, 2009 The Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding and the Berkley Center sponsored a seminar with leading scholars to address how tradition matters in Islamic political thought today. The wide-ranging discussion considered how the Islamic tradition--including the Qur'an, the life and sayings of the Prophet, and diverse legal schools --relates to the idea of a liberal democratic state.
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Jun 21, 2017 Georgetown University
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February 20, 2013 Foreign correspondents have played a crucial role in world events ranging from the Vietnam War to the fall of the Berlin Wall, but their role continues to evolve as news organizations adapt their business models to the technological developments of the twenty-first century. Jack Hamilton, longtime journalist, scholar, and public servant, discussed the changing role of foreign correspondents in the era of social media, widespread newspaper bankruptcy, and public diplomacy. This...
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Jun 21, 2017 Georgetown University
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January 15, 2006 In Being Jewish in the New Germany, Jeffrey Peck, Professor in the Culture, Communications, and Technology program at Georgetown University, explores the many complexities of contemporary Jewish life in Germany. The book focuses on ongoing struggles over questions of history, responsibility, and identity within the German Jewish community in particular and Germany in general. From this perspective, it examines the country's increasingly multicultural identity, addressing the...
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November 3, 2009 This day-long event consisted of four panels, each of which examined the question of religion and democracy in U.S. foreign policy from a different perspective. The panels addressed the role of religious actors in U.S. democracy programs and policies, the "twin tolerations" and democratic stability in highly religious societies, emerging trends in the data concerning the relationships between religion and democracy, and the relationship between Islam and democracy in...
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Jun 21, 2017 Georgetown University
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September 18, 2013 The world is facing a series of challenges and adjustments. The social contract between citizens and public institutions has been strained. The global financial crisis increased distrust. And austerity, resource constraints, and poverty in the developing world force difficulty questions about equality, stewardship, and the distribution of social burdens. As the world confronts these difficult issues, the decisions we make will be determined, in large part, by the values we...
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Jun 21, 2017 Georgetown University
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September 8, 2008 Peter van der Veer, University Professor at Utrecht, explored different patterns of secularism in India and China, with special attention to the historical legacies of colonialism and the nation-building projects first undertaken in the 19th century. The government hostility towards religion in China, evident both before and after the 1949 revolution, was in part a reaction to the negative colonial and missionary experience. In India, a more constructive relationship between...
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Jun 21, 2017 Georgetown University
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November 16, 2011 What is the relationship between globalization, modernization, and religion? For decades scholars have argued that secularization has been depriving religion of its legal privileges and that the market economy has undermined its social base. Almost all that that would remain, according to the dominant view, would be different forms of individual religiosity. To the surprise of many, however, globalization and its wave of social change have actually empowered religious...
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Jun 21, 2017 Georgetown University
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February 9, 2007 Dr. Vali Nasr, Professor in the Department of National Security Affairs at the Naval Postgraduate School, gave a lecture entitled “Theocracy, Democracy, and the Conservative Consolidation in Iran,” which concentrated on the intersection of religion and politics in the Middle East. The lecture took place in Georgetown University’s McShain Lounge and focused on the issues of Iranian theocracy and conservatism in politics. Vali Nasr brought to the lecture his extensive...
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Jun 21, 2017 Georgetown University
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May 3, 2011 Churches and religiously inspired groups in Latin America played a critical role sheltering democracy and democratic ideals during repressive periods, supporting democratic movements, and brokering and nurturing transitions to democracy in the region. In the twenty first century, this engagement with democracy has extended to include active participation in politics: lobbying governments on issues of public policy, mobilizing opinion, and (for some Pentecostal groups) organizing...
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Jun 21, 2017 Georgetown University
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September 20, 2012 Can the law promote moral values even in pluralistic societies such as the United States? In a new book, Law's Virtues: Fostering Autonomy and Solidarity in American Society, legal scholar and moral theologian Cathleen Kaveny (Notre Dame) argues that it can. In conversation with thinkers as diverse as Thomas Aquinas, Pope John Paul II, and Joseph Raz, she argues that the law rightly promotes the values of autonomy and solidarity. At the same time, she cautions that wise...
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February 7, 2008 In this event co-sponsored by the Georgetown University Anthropology Program, John L. Jackson, Jr. discussed his fieldwork exploring how Black Hebrew Israelites in New York City, Washington DC, and Israel construct a globally diverse, spiritual community, as well as their implications for the Black Diaspora. This event is part of the 2007-2008 Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs Lecture Series on Religion, Identity, and Race, which features well-known...
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Jun 21, 2017 Georgetown University
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March 26, 2013 Religious institutions play diverse and often poorly understood roles in world affairs, even though many were among the first organizations to gain a global reach. A new book, Global Institutions of Religion: Ancient Movers, Modern Shakers, by Katherine Marshall, fills a gap in current literature by examining the wide range of bodies that govern and coordinate religious communities, their relations with other transnational institutions, and their role in the world today. Marshall...
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Timothy Byrnes discusses his book Reverse Mission: Transnational Religious Communities and the Making of US Foreign Policy (Georgetown University Press, 2011), examining the ways in which communities of Catholic priests and nuns attempt to shape American foreign policy in order to protect the interests of their "brothers and sisters" abroad.
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Jun 21, 2017 Georgetown University
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April 7, 2009 The 1960 presidential election, won ultimately by John F. Kennedy, was one of the closest and most contentious in American history. From the outset, Kennedy saw the religion issue as the single most important obstacle on his road to the White House. At this event, Shaun Casey presented his new book, The Making of a Catholic President, a fascinating account of how the Kennedy campaign transformed the "religion question" from a liability into an asset. Casey also reveals,...
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Jun 21, 2017 Georgetown University
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October 16, 2014 What does human dignity mean, and what role should it play in guiding the mission of international institutions? In recent decades, global institutions have proliferated—from intergovernmental organizations to hybrid partnerships. The specific missions of these organizations are varied, but is there a common animating principle to inform their goals? Presented as an integrated, thematic analysis that transcends individual contributions, Human Dignity and the Future of Global...
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Jun 21, 2017 Georgetown University
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October 15-16, 2008 This event was the inaugural conference of the Berkley Center's project on The Future of Political Theologies, which inquires about the meaning of religion's role in politics, especially about the enduring way that human reflection continues in the modern West to seek legitimacy for political and legal affairs in religious narratives and first principles. Leading thinkers and practitioners from within each tradition, as well as critics from outside the traditions, came...
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Jun 21, 2017 Georgetown University
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February 7, 2013 This conversation explored the tension in the religious studies discipline between being a scholar and being an advocate. Does advocacy for a position, particularly around issues of social justice, have a place in the field? Does such advocacy diminish the objectivity of scholarly methods? Do scholarly associations, such as the American Academy of Religion, have a role to play in social justice movements? This conversation was sponsored by the Berkley Center, the Prince...
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Jun 21, 2017 Georgetown University
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March 19, 2013 Georgetown University’s Master of Foreign Service (MSFS) and Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs offered this focused, half-day conference that brought together a diverse group of scholars and practitioners to preview the collaborative book edited by Mark P. Lagon and Anthony Clark Arend, Human Dignity & the Future of Global Institutions. In this forum, the book’s contributors discussed how the concept of human dignity can—and ought to—guide...
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Jun 21, 2017 Georgetown University
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April 10, 2013 At a time of deep polarization in American politics and society, questions around the relationship between individual faith and public life, and how to work across political and religious lines to serve the public good are more important than ever. Such challenges are at the heart of a new book by the Reverend Jim Wallis, On God's Side: What Religion Forgets and Politics Hasn't Learned about Serving the Common Good (Brazos, 2013). Reverend Wallis was joined by the Washington...
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Jun 21, 2017 Georgetown University
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April 20, 2006 Can love serve as a political concept? On April 20, 2006, Michael Hardt, Associate Professor of Literature and Romance Studies at Duke University, discussed the cultural and political significance of the concept of love in the context of world politics in his lecture "Love in the Multitude". Hardt drew from sources as diverse as Freud, Augustine, Arendt, and Che Guevara to develop a political conception of love.
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Jun 21, 2017 Georgetown University
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April 19, 2013 Only decades after its formation in 1540, the Society of Jesus had active missions around the world. In their global engagement Jesuits have combined a commitment to spread the Gospel with an embrace of dialogue with different cultures and religions. This symposium explored the Jesuit approach to mission and dialogue across the world's major regions, in historical and comparative perspective. It was part of Georgetown University's multi-year Jesuits and Globalization Project.
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Jun 21, 2017 Georgetown University
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November 3, 2009 This day-long event consisted of four panels, each of which examined the question of religion and democracy in U.S. foreign policy from a different perspective. The panels addressed the role of religious actors in U.S. democracy programs and policies, the "twin tolerations" and democratic stability in highly religious societies, emerging trends in the data concerning the relationships between religion and democracy, and the relationship between Islam and democracy in...
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Jun 21, 2017 Georgetown University
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September 26, 2008 Jane I. Guyer, Professor of Anthropology at Johns Hopkins University, presented a paper entitled Prophecy and the Near Future: New Observations. This paper is one in a series of five that address economic theory, policy, and people’s practice in our present moment of increased uncertainty. Others are devoted to confusion, hope, price, and rhetoric. They result from the need to frame better the key questions we engage with during intensive fieldwork on current economic life,...
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Jun 21, 2017 Georgetown University
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November 14, 2008 In this lecture, Professor Miyazaki examined personal hope as an emergent locus of articulation between the secular and the nonsecular in public debates about political and economic futures in the U.S. and Japan. From the recent encyclical of Pope Benedict XVI to the speeches of Barack Obama, hope has emerged as a key concept in the political theology of the present moment. Hiro Miyazaki seeks to bring the political-theological deployment of hope in conversation with current...
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Jun 21, 2017 Georgetown University
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March 19, 2013 Georgetown University’s Master of Foreign Service (MSFS) and Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs offered this focused, half-day conference that brought together a diverse group of scholars and practitioners to preview the collaborative book edited by Mark P. Lagon and Anthony Clark Arend, Human Dignity & the Future of Global Institutions. In this forum, the book’s contributors discussed how the concept of human dignity can—and ought to—guide...
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Jun 21, 2017 Georgetown University
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March 24, 2014 | Is religious freedom good for business? Can religious liberty aid economic development, or help reduce poverty? What are the limits of religious freedom? Under the law, are for-profit businesses entitled to the exercise of that right in the United States? Does the HHS contraceptive mandate under the Affordable Care Act restrict the religious freedom of businesses? What are the legal, economic, and political implications of the answer to that question? On March 24, the day...
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December 4, 2015 It is a widespread view in Western societies that liberal democracy and religious belief are fundamentally incompatible. From this perspective the separation between religious identity in the private realm and shared civic identity in the public sphere is critical for democracy. An alternative view sees religion as an element of the public sphere in its own right, particularly in those societies where religious belief and practice are vibrant. An expert panel explored both...
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Jun 21, 2017 Georgetown University
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September 25, 2015 What powers do the pope and the UN secretary-general have in common? University of Innsbruck professor Jodok Troy argues that due to the unsettled nature of contemporary international affairs, the power of unbiased moral suasion by legitimate, international authority figures—such as Pope Francis and Ban Ki-moon—may be increasing. Troy will discuss how Pope Francis and Ban Ki-moon utilize relationships and persuasion, as well as highlight the distinctive religious capital...
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Jun 21, 2017 Georgetown University
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October 30, 2006 In this event, cosponsored with the BMW Center for German and European Studies, Dutch journalist Geerk Mak discussed religious changes in the Netherlands. Over the last several years he has argued forcefully that a politics of fear has caused increased polarization and racism between Muslim immigrants and the Dutch. As Mak put it in a recent article of NRC Handelsblad: "The time has come to face reality and to stand up for our liberties and constitutional rights. It's time...
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Jun 21, 2017 Georgetown University
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April 15, 2015 Meditation lies at the intersection of religion and secularity, modernity and authenticity. Charles Taylor, one of the world’s leading scholars of these topics, lectured on the connection between meditation and faith in modern society. A practicing meditator in the Roman Catholic tradition, Taylor began the evening’s event with a short meditation. Fr. Laurence Freeman, O.S.B. moderated a discussion after the formal lecture.
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January 31, 2007 | Jacques Berlinerblau explores the issues surrounding his forthcoming book "Thumping It: The Bible and the Whitehouse, in the 2008 Election" This event was co-sponsored by the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs, and the Program on Jewish Civilization at Georgetown University.
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Jun 21, 2017 Georgetown University
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Peter Ng Kok Song, Chief Investment Officer at the Government of Singapore Investment Corporation, and Sean Hagan, General Counsel of the International Monetary Fund, share their insights on leadership and how the practice of meditation has helped them in their work and across their lives.
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Jun 21, 2017 Georgetown University
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February 26, 2015 What are Pope Francis’ challenges for young Catholic leaders in public life? How can Catholic social teaching impact the choices and priorities of lay women and men in their work in the nation’s capital? What is “new” about the “New Evangelization”? What message is Pope Francis likely to bring to Washington next September? Cardinal Donald Wuerl, archbishop of Washington, will join young Catholic policy leaders to address these and other timely questions for young...
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Jun 21, 2017 Georgetown University
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February 24, 2011 Immigration reform remains one of the most contested issues in American politics and will likely play an important role in the 2012 presidential campaign. Religious communities, among the most forceful advocates of immigration reform in the last electoral cycle, are reassessing lessons learned and strategies going forward. This symposium brought together representatives of faith communities and researchers to address both their lobbying efforts and strategies used to...
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Jun 21, 2017 Georgetown University
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January 17, 2008 The Berkley Center, in cooperation with the Program on Jewish Civilization, hosted a panel on Religion in Israeli Society, Politics, and Foreign Policy to examine the effects of religion and religious pluralism in Israeli domestic politics and foreign policy. The state of Israel lies at the center of U.S. foreign policy concerns in the greater Middle East. Its strategic location, its volatile political-security relationship with the Palestinian Authority, and the determined...
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April 2, 2009 | The Berkley Center hosted a symposium which addressed the future possibilities and challenges facing the rechristened White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. Panelists E.J. Dionne, Ira C. Lupu, Melissa Rogers, and Stanley Carlson-Thies addressed issues related to President Obama's reconfiguration of the Office's mission. including whether to bar religious groups from using religion as a basis for hiring, and how to pursue common ground on divisive...
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January 28, 2013 Revolutionary transformations in the Middle East and North Africa have opened up new possibilities for democratization in Muslim-majority countries. Much will turn on whether and how countries in the region combine institutional stability and free elections in practice. This panel discussion addressed a third ingredient of successful democratic states: equal rights of citizens under the law, with a focus on women’s equality, religious minorities, and freedom of expression....
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April 28, 2014 At a time of growing partisan polarization in the United States, what are the moral responsibilities of partisan leaders? How can leaders and advocates reconcile the demands of party loyalty with the requirements of conscience? How does partisanship advance the common good or undermine it? How can faith and moral principles shape political choices, especially when the demands of party and conviction conflict? A panel of experienced political leaders, partisan advocates and...
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Jun 21, 2017 Georgetown University
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June 11, 2015 From Myanmar to the Middle East, religion is playing an increasingly large role in international affairs and foreign policy decision making. A report by the German Marshall Fund’s Transatlantic Academy, Faith, Freedom, and Foreign Policy: Challenges for the Transatlantic Community, highlighted this trend. This event examined how religion and religious actors impact and influence politics and foreign policy in North America, Europe, and Europe's neighborhood. A panel of experts,...
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October 11, 2007 The Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs hosted a debate, dialogue and discussion with Christopher Hitchens, prolific essayist and author, and Alister McGrath, Professor of Historical Theology at Oxford University, concerning religious belief in the modern world on October 11, 2007 at Georgetown University. Michael Cromartie, Vice President at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, moderated the debate.
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Jun 21, 2017 Georgetown University
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October 15, 2015 The Portuguese colonial experience left a lasting impression on the cultural, religious, and political dynamics in the former colonies. Religion and Politics in a Global Society: Comparative Perspectives from the Portuguese-Speaking World, edited by Paul Christopher Manuel, Alynna Lyon, and Clyde Wilcox, explores this colonial legacy, bringing together scholars from a variety of disciplines and theoretical schools. In this roundtable discussion, three contributors to the volume...
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Jun 21, 2017 Georgetown University
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October 15-16, 2008 This event was the inaugural conference of the Berkley Center's project on The Future of Political Theologies, which inquires about the meaning of religion's role in politics, especially about the enduring way that human reflection continues in the modern West to seek legitimacy for political and legal affairs in religious narratives and first principles. Leading thinkers and practitioners from within each tradition, as well as critics from outside the traditions, came...
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Jun 21, 2017 Georgetown University
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April 23, 2007 Experts from government, civil society, and academia met to discuss various issues related to the foreign policy impact of growing religious diversity due to immigration. Topics covered by the panelists in their presentations and then during the Q&A period varied widely. They ranged from the persecution of Hindus by Muslims in Bangladesh and their subsequent pursuit of asylum-seeker-status in the US and elsewhere; the relocation of Soviet Jewry in the US and Israel, and the...
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Jun 21, 2017 Georgetown University
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March 24, 2014 | Is religious freedom good for business? Can religious liberty aid economic development, or help reduce poverty? What are the limits of religious freedom? Under the law, are for-profit businesses entitled to the exercise of that right in the United States? Does the HHS contraceptive mandate under the Affordable Care Act restrict the religious freedom of businesses? What are the legal, economic, and political implications of the answer to that question? On March 24, the day...
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Jun 21, 2017 Georgetown University
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October 15, 2014 In 1994, Religion, The Missing Dimension of Statecraft broke new ground by exploring the role of religion in political theory and development and considering the implications for both the foreign policy and religious communities. The book provided cases ranging from post-World War Two Franco-German reconciliation to the end of apartheid in South Africa and the role of the Philippine Catholic Church in the 1986 revolution. This event celebrated the twentieth anniversary of this...
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Jun 21, 2017 Georgetown University
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September 26, 2005 Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Dutch MP and author of the controversial film Submission, addressed the Georgetown community on the challenges facing Muslim women in Europe. Hirsi Ali, a Member of the Dutch Parliament, is outspoken on issues such as the role of women, immigration, development, and democracy. In her talk, Hirsi Ali combined political and policy analysis with personal anecdote. She related how she avoided an arranged marriage by deplaning in Germany when her Canada-bound...
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Jun 21, 2017 Georgetown University
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Professor Prabhu explores the possibility that a Second Axial Age is dawning, suggesting that dialogue and depth-encounter are keynotes of this age, and has profound implications for social, political and personal life, and the character of religious identity.
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Jun 21, 2017 Georgetown University
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March 10, 2008 In this event sponsored by the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs, Abdolkarim Souroush and Paul Heck addressed the various issues facing the Islamic political tradition in the modern age. This Islamic political tradition represents a rich array of dialogue on the welfare of human society; however, this tradition is increasingly threatened by extremists committed to militant ideologies. During this conversation, Souroush and Heck revisited the politics of Islam...