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Symposium to Feature Archbishop Charles Chaput and Imam Feisal Rauf

February 23, 2011

  • Keynote address by Roman Catholic Archbishop Charles Chaput of Denver
  • Featured panelists include Imam Feisal Rauf, Rabbi David Saperstein, Jim Wallis, and John Witte 

Georgetown University will bring together leading scholars and practitioners for a day-long symposium titled "Religion in American Politics and Society: A Model for Other Countries?" Panelists will discuss Jewish, Muslim, and Christian perspectives on whether the dominant American approach to religion, society, and the state is worthy of emulation in other countries. They will consider policy implications both for the American future and for U.S. efforts to promote religious freedom and democracy worldwide. The conference will explore global controversies about international norms, national self-determination, proselytism, and the rights of religious communities.

9:15-10:30 am | The Jewish Experience
Marshall J. Breger, Professor of Law at the Columbus School of Law, The Catholic University of America
Randi L. Rashkover, Assistant Professor, Religious Studies Department, George Mason University
Rabbi David Saperstein, Director and Counsel, Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism

10:45 am-noon | The Muslim Experience
Ed Husain, Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations
Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, Founder and Chairman of the Cordoba Initiative
Asma Uddin, International Legal Fellow, The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty

12:15-1:15 pm | Keynote Address by Archbishop Charles Chaput, Denver, Colorado

1:30-2:45 pm | The Christian Experience
Jerry Rankin, President Emeritus, International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention
Jim Wallis, President and Chief Executive Officer, Sojourners
John Witte, Jr., Jonas Robitscher Professor of Law and Director of the Center for the Study of Law and Religion, Emory University

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Tuesday, Mar. 1 from 9 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.


Copley Formal Lounge (Hariri Building)
Georgetown University
37th & O Streets, NW
Washington, D.C. 20057


Georgetown University’s Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs
Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service

Media interested in attending must RSVP to Rachel Pugh at 202-687-4328 or Press will need to present valid credentials on campus.

Rachel M Pugh


Georgetown University37th and O Streets, N.W., Washington D.C. 20057(202) 687.0100

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