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Boston College Biennial Conference on the History of Religion

history department

Religion and Public Life

1-2 April 2016

The recent political reactions to Pope Francis I's environmental encyclical Laudato si and the legalization of gay marriage by the Supreme Court have stirred popular discussions in the United States on the role of religion in public life. Such conspicuous manifestations of religion are the latest in a long line.  At various moments, religion has generated both wide consensus and great divisions in America and around the world. This conference seeks to explore what happened when ostensibly “private” religion entered the public sphere, and to interrogate such distinctions.  In the midst of an election year in the United States, on April 1-2 we will examine the history of faith and its expression by believers in public realms from the medieval to the modern period with a gathering of professors and graduate students.


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Conference Schedule:

Friday, April 1

-Keynote: 3pm – 4pm. R. Marie Griffith, Director of Danforth Center on Religion and Politics at Washington University in St. Louis, speaker.

-Panel session I: 4:15- 5:45

-Reception and dinner: 6pm-8:30pm


Saturday, April 2

-Breakfast: 8am

-Panel session 2: 8:45-10:15am

-Panel session 3: 10:30-12pm

-Lunch and teaching panel: 12pm-1:30pm

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