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Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life

Religious Diversity and the Common Good

Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life

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A conference to honor Boston College's sesquicentennial
Wednesday, November 13, 2013, 9:30AM-5:30PM
The Heights Room, Corcoran Commons

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.

Schedule and Speaker List

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

9:30-10:00AM    Registration and continental breakfast

10:00AM-Noon    Panel 1: Historical Trajectories, 1863-2013

Marie Griffith, John C. Danforth Distinguished Professor in the Humanities, John C. Danforth Center on Religion & Politics, Washington University in St. Louis
Omar McRoberts, Associate Professor of Sociology, University of Chicago
James O'Toole, Professor and Clough Millennium Chair in History, Boston College
Jonathan Sarna, Joseph H. & Belle R. Braun Professor of American Jewish History, Brandeis University; and Chief Historian of the new National Museum of American Jewish History
David Quigley (moderator), Dean, College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, and Professor of History, Boston College


12:00-1:00PM    Lunch
    box lunches provided for registered conference participants

1:00-3:00PM    Panel 2: Contemporary Issues and Approaches
Nancy Ammerman, Professor of Sociology of Religion, Boston University   
Reza Aslan, Associate Professor of Creative Writing, University of California, Riverside
Randall Kennedy, Michael R. Klein Professor of Law, Harvard University
Laurie Patton, Dean of Arts and Sciences, Duke University
Catherine Cornille (moderator), Professor of Comparative Theology; Newton College Alumnae Chair in Western Culture; and Chair, Department of Theology, Boston College


3:15-4:30PM    Closing Keynote
E.J. Dionne Jr., Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution; Columnist, Washington Post; and Professor, Georgetown University Public Policy Institute

    Public Reception


Dinner Panel    Working for the Common Good in Boston
                          (by invitation only)

This event was live-tweeted at #BC150.


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Live-tweeted at #BC150.

In the News

The Wall Street Journal reports that religious-discrimination claims against employers are on the rise, attributing the reason to immigration and a more open discussion of religion, among other things. On November 13, the Boisi Center hosted Religious Diversity and the Common Good, a day-long conference that examined the benefits and tensions that arise in an increasingly diverse polity.

This Year at Boisi Center

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This year's student symposium on Religion and Politics is examining religious diversity and the common good. More information and readings are available here.