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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.

For more on the Berkley Center: www.berkleycenter.georgetown.edu

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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.

For more on the Berkley Center: www.berkleycenter.georgetown.edu

    Religion and Climate Change - A Conversation with Karenna Gore

    Religion and Climate Change - A Conversation with Karenna Gore

    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, community development, and advocacy practices. This faith-based engagement incorporates a spectrum of responses, ranging from official proclamations such as Pope Francis' Laudato Si to indigenous efforts tied to spiritually significant locations, such as the water protestors at Standing Rock.

    Karenna Gore is director of the Center for Earth Ethics at Union Theological Seminary, which works through education, public discourse, and movement-building to engage the world’s faith and wisdom traditions in solutions to our climate crisis. In conversation with Berkley Center Director Shaun Casey, she will discuss how religious communities strive to promote environmental consciousness with an aim to fulfill a responsibility for the common good.

    • 1 hr 10 min
    The Future of Political Islam: Trends and Prospects

    The Future of Political Islam: Trends and Prospects

    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 review. As scholars and Islamists alike imagine the future of political Islam, these considerations and others will play a central role.

    On April 24, the Center for Middle East Policy at Brookings will host a discussion on the state of political Islam and the questions and myths that surround its development. This conversation will feature Berkley Center Senior Fellow Jocelyne Cesari, Brookings Senior Fellow Shadi Hamid, and Peter Mandaville, a Brookings nonresident senior fellow and Berkley Center senior research fellow. Following the conversation, the panelists will take questions from the audience.

    • 1 hr 36 min
    The Future of Reformations Past

    The Future of Reformations Past

    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 turmoil of the sixteenth century gave rise to the Enlightenment world that has advanced human progress through the economic, political, and technological revolutions of the last few centuries. Yet this same progress is now dialectically suspect since it has simultaneously unleashed a range of modern injustices.

    This lecture assessed the religious forces at work in these global dynamics and how, if at all, the future might be better forged by drawing on resources of the divergent and conflicting reformations.

    • 1 hr 29 min
    Religion, Secularism and Democracy in Duterte's Philippines

    Religion, Secularism and Democracy in Duterte's Philippines

    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 Buckley discussed how the Duterte administration challenges the post-authoritarian religion-state relationship in the Philippines, and the prospects for religious response in partnership with secular portions of civil society. Berkley Center Director Shaun Casey introduced the discussion.

    • 45 min
    Cultivating Public Values

    Cultivating Public Values

    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.

    Philip Sheldrake argues that many of these societal dysfunctions can be mitigated through shared, critical public values: community, reconciliation, hospitality, solidarity, peacemaking, and mercy. But how are critical public values to be cultivated? And who has a role in cultivating them? How do public leaders, both local and national, affect the presence of these standards? Sheldrake explored these questions in his public talk, followed by a conversation with the audience.

    • 49 min
    From the Frontlines: The Global Refugee Crisis

    From the Frontlines: The Global Refugee Crisis

    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 Post Magazine, Politico, and the Washington Post. Taub's focus on African migrants heading to Europe has shed light on issues of human trafficking in the region, while Shulman and Su have focused on resettlement and the impact of migrants and refugees on host societies in North America and Germany, respectively.

    Taub, Shulman, and Su will join Shaun Casey, Berkley Center director and former director of the U.S. Department of State’s Office of Religion and Global Affairs, to discuss how communities worldwide have reacted to the refugee crisis. They will analyze the ethics of resettlement and explore religion's role in refugee integration.

    A reception will follow the event.

    This event is co-sponsored by the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs and the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. It is made possible with the generous support of the Henry Luce Foundation.

    • 1 hr 21 min

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