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Religious Diversity and the Common Good


How can people of different faiths share the same values?
From the days of the founding to the present, that question has preoccupied American thinkers of every religious and non-religious persuasion. The answer may lie not in abstract theory but in the lived experience of people in their communities. Join us for Boston College’s closing Sesquicentennial Symposium, as we welcome leaders from a variety of academic, civic, and religious communities throughout the country to reflect on the nature and pursuit of the common good in a pluralistic society.



Wednesday, November 13, 2013
9:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.

The Heights Room
John M. Corcoran Commons
Boston College, Chestnut Hill Campus

The conference is free and open to the public.



9:30–10:00 a.m.

Registration and continental breakfast

10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Historical Trajectories, 1863–2013

Marie Griffith, John C. Danforth Distinguished Professor in the Humanities and Director, John C. Danforth Center on Religion & Politics, Washington University in St. Louis
Omar M. McRoberts, Associate Professor of Sociology, University of Chicago
James M. O’Toole, Clough Millennium Chair in History, Boston College
Jonathan Sarna, Joseph H. and Belle R. Braun Professor of American Jewish History and Chair, Hornstein Jewish Professional Leadership Program, Brandeis University

Moderator: David Quigley, Dean, College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, and Professor of History, Boston College

12:00–1:00 p.m.

Complimentary Lunch served

1:00–3:00 p.m.

Contemporary Issues and Approaches

Nancy Ammerman, Professor, School of Theology and College of Arts and Sciences, Boston University
Reza Aslan,
Associate Professor of Creative Writing, University of California, Riverside
Randall Kennedy, Michael R. Klein Professor of Law, Harvard Law School
Laurie Patton, Dean, Trinity College of Arts & Sciences, Robert F. Durden Professor of Religion, and Professor of Cultural Anthropology, Duke University

Moderator: Catherine Cornille, Professor of Comparative Theology; Newton College Alumnae Chair in Western Culture; and Chair, Department of Theology, Boston College

3:15–4:30 p.m.

Closing Keynote
E. J. Dionne Jr.
, Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution; Columnist, Washington Post; and Professor, Georgetown University Public Policy Institute

4:30–5:30 p.m.

Public Reception