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Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life

Fulbright Scholars Discussion Series

The Boisi Center is pleased to host a Fulbright seminar on Religion in Contemporary American Society for a group of 16 international Islamic scholars during the month of June. As part of this program we would like to invite you to participate in a series of discussions, lead by our Fulbright visiting scholars, on topics of interest to all persons interested in the intersections between religion and society in contemporary global society.

There will be three conversations held in three different sites during the upcoming month:

RELIGION AND EDUCATION
Thursday, June 12, 3:30-5:00
5th Floor McGuinn

This discussion will be organized around three question/issues:

  1. Is there a need and a place for religion in education?
  2. Is it possible to achieve balance, and avoid the implied sponsorship of dominant religious views in developing a religious curriculum?
  3. Religion offers both positive and negative opportunities for society, how can one teach religion in a way that maximizes the possibility of building bridges and promoting universal human values?

RELIGION AND MODERNIZATION
Friday, June 13th, 2:00-3:30
Islamic Center of Boston, Wayland
Directions

This discussion will address three questions/issues:

  1. What is the nature and meaning of modernity?
  2. What are the different experiences individuals have of what it means to become modern Muslims?
  3. Is modernity necessarily an issue of concern for Muslims?

THE ROLE OF RELIGION AND FAITH IN POLITICAL LIFE
Wednesday June 18th, 6:30-9:00
Walker Center for Global Mission and Ecumenical Exchange
171 Grove Street, Newton MA 02466
RSVP Tel: 617 969 3919
email: walkercenter@rcn.com
Directions

This evening will begin with a dinner at 6:30 and continue with roundtable discussions and a larger group sharing of the small group discussions on the following three questions/issues:

  1. Can a state still be secular if its leaders act from individual religious convictions?
  2. To what extent should a government go to protect the rights of religious minorities if to do so affects the rights of the majority, or affects the equal application of the law?
  3. What should the role of religious leaders be, if any, in government?

To learn more about the Fulbright scholars and the program please consult the Boisi Center website. Specific information about the program can be obtained by clicking here.