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Religion and American Public Life: The Calling of a Public Intellectual

Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life

In Celebration of Alan Wolfe's Retirement


Thursday, April 14, 2016
Gasson 100 • 8:45 am - 2:00 pm

Reception following at the Boisi Center from 2:15 - 4:30 pm.

A celebratory program will take place at 3:00 pm to mark Alan Wolfe’s retirement.

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Conference Schedule and Speaker List

Thursday, April 14, 2016

8:45 a.m.: Welcome

William P. Leahy, S.J., president, Boston College

Erik Owens, associate director of the Boisi Center and associate professor of the practice in theology and international studies, Boston College

9:00 - 10:30 a.m.: Panel 1: Return of the Study of Religion in Law and Political Science

Ira Katznelson, Ruggles Professor of Political Science and History, Columbia University

Sanford LevinsonW. St. John Garwood and W. St. John Garwood, Jr. Centennial Chair in Law; Professor of Government, University of Texas Law School at Austin

Richard J. Mouw, Emeritus President and Professor of Faith and Public Life, Fuller Theological Seminary

Susan Meld Shell (moderator), professor of political science, Boston College    

10:30 - 10:45 a.m.: Coffee

10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.Panel 2: Public Scholarship Today

William A. Galston, Ezra K. Zilkha Chair in Governance Studies and Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution 

Susan Jacoby, independent scholar and author of Strange Gods: A Secular History of Conversion

Randall Kennedy, Michael R. Klein Professor of Law, Harvard Law School

Joseph Quinn (moderator), professor of economics, Boston College 

12:15 - 12:45 p.m.: Lunch
Box lunch provided for registered conference participants

12:45 - 2:00 p.m.Keynote Conversation: The Calling of a Public Intellectual 

Howard Gardner, John H. and Elisabeth A. Hobbs Professor of Cognition and Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education

Alan Wolfe, founding director of the Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life and professor of political science, Boston College

David Quigley (introduction), provost and dean of faculties and professor of history, Boston College

2:15 - 4:30 p.m.: Reception at the Boisi Center