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Religion and Global Affairs: The View from the State Department

Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life

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Shaun Casey
Special Representative for Religion and Global Affairs, U.S. State Department

Date: Thursday, April 9, 2015
Time: 5:30-7:00 PM
Location: Fulton Hall 511

Co-sponsored with the Center for Human Rights and International Justice.

The Boisi Center will live-tweet this event. Join the conversation at #CaseyTalk.

Abstract: Religion is a powerful and complex force in global politics. Come hear Shaun Casey, special representative for religion and global affairs, describe the work of his office.


Shaun Casey is special representative to the secretary of state for religion and global affairs. He is currently on leave of absence from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C., where he is a professor of Christian ethics and director of the National Capital Semester for Seminarians (NCSS). He served as senior advisor for religious affairs for the 2008 Obama campaign and was national evangelical coordinator in the 2008 presidential campaign. His research interests include ethics and international affairs, the public implications of religious belief and the intersection of religion and politics. He is the author of The Making of a Catholic President: Kennedy vs. Nixon 1960 and is at work on a book about ethics and international politics tentatively titled Niebuhr’s Children. He earned a B.A. from Abilene Christian University, an M.P.A. from Harvard’s Kennedy School and an M.Div and doctorate in theology from Harvard Divinity School.

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In the News

Pew recently published its annual report on global religious restrictions, which shows a slight decline in religious hostilities overall but an increase in anti-Semitism worldwide. On Thursday, April 9, Shaun Casey will speak on the complex relationship between religion and international politics, from his perspective at the State Department’s Office of Religion and Global Affairs.

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