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2010-2011 Boisi Center Symposium on Religion and Politics

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The Boisi Center is pleased to offer opportunities for students, staff, alumni, and faculty to come together to discuss the relationship between religion and politics in the United States. Participants read short texts from seminal thinkers in American politics and discuss current events in the light of these texts. To learn more about the Boisi Center Symposia, follow the links below.

Undergraduate and Graduate Student Symposium

Faculty, Staff and Alumni Symposium  

Student Symposium on Religion and Politics

 

Description: Participants met three to four times per semester, over lunch provided by the Boisi Center, to discuss a short reading.

Fall 2010 readings included selections from Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, Abraham Lincoln, John F. Kennedy, and Abraham Joshua Heschel, among others.

In the spring of 2011, the group discussed evangelicalism in America and specific topics such as Islam in America, civic education, marriage, immigration, and citizenship, depending on the interests of the group.

Discussion was be facilitated by political science Ph.D. candidate Brenna McMahon, and led each week by seminar participants.


Reading packets:
The Founding
The Civil War Era
The Civil Rights Era
Christian Conservatism
Religious Toleration in America
Marriage
Liberty and the Body

Note: The Boisi Center is no longer accepting applications for the 2010-2011symposium.

Faculty, Staff and Alumni Symposium

 

Description: Participants meet five times over the course of the spring and summer 2011 semesters, over a continental breakfast provided by the Boisi Center, to discuss a short reading.

Participants will discuss selections from Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, Abraham Lincoln, John F. Kennedy, Abraham Joshua Heschel, and Rick Warren, among others. Depending on the schedule and interests of symposium members, the group will continue in the summer with specific topics such as abortion, marriage, religious toleration, and end of life issues.

No expertise or previous coursework in the subject is expected or required. Discussion will be facilitated by political science Ph.D. candidate Brenna McMahon, and led each week by symposium participants. We expect the seminar to meet Friday mornings from 8:30-9:30, but this can change depending on the participants’ schedules.

 

Reading packets:
Introduction
The Founding
The Civil War Era
The Civil Rights Era
Christian Conservatism
Religious Toleration in America
Marriage
Liberty and the Body

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