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Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life

Religion, Ethics, and the 2016 Presidential Election

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Election Panel

MT Dávila, Andover Newton Theological School
Marc Landy, Boston College
Alan Wolfe, Boston College
Erik Owens, Boston College

Date: Wednesday, November 2, 2016
Time: 5:30-7:00 pm
Location: Stokes S195


Abstract: Does religion really matter in 2016? Does it have any relevance at all to this toxic and topsy-turvy presidential campaign? Is there an “ethical” candidate for President of the United States? In a panel discussion, professors MT Dávila, Marc Landy, Alan Wolfe, and Erik Owens will discuss the roles religion and ethics are playing in the 2016 election cycle. Come join us for a lively conversation!

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MT Dávila, associate professor of Christian ethics at Andover Newton Theological School, has written about public theology, Latina ethics, the option for the poor, the ethics of the use of force, racial justice, and immigration. Her current project, Embodying the Option for the Poor, seeks to develop the option for the poor for a U.S. audience amidst cultural and ideological divisions. 

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Marc Landy is a professor of political science and Faculty Chair of the Irish Institute at Boston College. In addition to instructing Boston College students, he regularly teaches public officials from Ireland and Northern Ireland about American politics through a series of executive programs run by the Irish Institute. He has written several books and numerous articles on the presidency and the American political system.

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Erik Owens is interim director of the Boisi Center and associate professor of the practice in theology and international studies at Boston College. His research explores a variety of intersections between religion and public life, with particular attention to the challenge of fostering the common good of a religiously diverse society. His interdisciplinary scholarship bridges the fields of theological ethics, political philosophy, law, education, international studies and public policy. 

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Alan Wolfe is the founding director of the Boisi Center and professor of political science at Boston College. He is on research leave during the 2016-17 academic year. Wolfe is the author and editor of more than twenty books. He served as an advisor to President Clinton in preparation for his 1995 State of the Union address and has lectured widely at American and European universities.

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Professor of political science and Faculty Chair of the Irish Institute at Boston College, Marc Landy, was recently interviewed with NECN to discuss reports that Donald Trump's campaign manager had ties to a pro-Kremlin political party in Ukraine. Professor Landy will discuss the many ethical issues behind the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign at a Boisi Center panel discussion on November 2.