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The Clough Center for the Study of Constitutional Democracy

Educating for Modern Democracy

an exploration of philosophical and religious resources

Conference Schedule:

Tuesday, November 7, 2017, Gasson Hall 100

7:00 p.m.

Welcoming Remarks
David Quigley, Provost, Boston College
Jeffrey Bloechl, Boston College


7:15 p.m.



Modern Democracy, the Present Situation, and Higher Education. A Public Conversation.

Charles Taylor (Department of Philosophy, McGill University)**
Jose Casanova (Department of Sociology and Berkley Center, Georgetown University)
Moderated by Erik Owens (Boston College, Department of Theology, Boisi Center)

**Important notice: Unfortunately, Charles Taylor has had to withdraw from participation. Public discussion will proceed in the form of a conversation with Jose Casanova, moderated by Erik Owens, and fully open to questions and thoughts from the public audience.


Wednesday, November 8, 2017, Gasson Hall 112

10:00 a.m.

Welcome, Introductory Remarks


10:00 a.m.

An Almost-Chosen People: The Prospects, Promise, and Perils of Public Theology in the Twenty-First Century United States

Charles Mathewes (Department of Religion, University of Virginia)


12:00 p.m.

Lunch Break


1:00 p.m.


Civility in Public Discourse a panel discussion

M. Cathy Kaveny (Department of Theology and Law School, Boston College)

Vincent Rougeau (Law School, Boston College)


2:30 p.m.

"Politics and Economics," a panel discussion

Kay Schlozman (Department of Political Science, Boston College)

Marc Landy (Department of Political Science, Boston College)


4:00 p.m.


"Religion and Civic Engagement in Secular Age"

David Campbell (Department of Political Science, University of Notre Dame)


5:30 p.m.



6:30 p.m.




COMIUCAP International Panel

Maria Guadalupe Trejo Estrada (Universidad Vasco de Quiroga, Mexico)
"Family, Communication and Democracy, Reflections on the Construction of Society from its Roots"

Nikolo Panganoro (University of the Philippines Diliman)
"The Philippine Experience of Democracy and the Task of Archipelagic Thinking"

Ivan Garzon Vallejo (Georgetown University)
"Violence, Religion and Democracy in Colombia"

Reception and open meeting organized by COMIUCAP


Thursday, November 9, 2017, Gasson Hall 112

10:00 a.m.


"The Castoff Children of Cain: de la Malinche a DACA"

Eduardo Mendieta (Department of Philosophy, Pennsylvania State University)


11:30 a.m.

"The Anti-theological and Neo-Liberal Problem of Whiteness: Toward and Ontology of No Edges"

George Yancy (Department of Philosophy, Emory University)


12:45 p.m.

Lunch Break


2:00 p.m.


Secularism and its Discontents

Gregory Floyd (Department of Philosophy, Seton Hall)
"Between the World and Me. The Critical Religions in the Secular Square"

Nicholas Buck (Divinity School, University of Chicago)
"To Live in Dialogue, Theorizing Democracy with the Letter from a Birmingham Jail"

Joseph Petitt (Department of Philosophy, Morgan State University)
"The Democratic Imperative for Racial Justice"


3:30 p.m.

"Politics and the Environment," a panel discussion

Brian Treanor (Department of Philosophy, Loyola Marymount University)

David Storey (Department of Philosophy, Boston College)


5:00 p.m.


Democracy and Post-Secular Religion

E. Paul Colella (Department of Philosophy, Xavier University)
"William James's Philosophy of Religion and the Varieties of Democratic Experience"

Brendan Sweetman (Department of Philosophy, Rockhurst University)
"Post-secularism, Religion and Democracy"

6:30 p.m.


Banquet in Faculty Dining Room




Friday, November 10, 2017, Gasson Hall 112

10:00 a.m.


"On the Sources and Direction of Anglophone Gender and Sexuality Studies-Opening a Conversation"

Candace Vogler (Department of Philosophy, University of Chicago)


11:30 a.m.

"Inclusive Gender Education and Democratic Imperative to Love Our Neighbors"

Judith Green (Department of Philosophy, Fordham University)


12:45 p.m.

Lunch Break


2:00 p.m.


Christianity, Philosophy and the Public Square

Pablo Iturrieta (Department of Philosophy, Dominican University, Ottawa), "Aquinas, Religion and the Public Square"

Maria Sozopoulou (Department of Philosophy, University of Ioannina), "Plato's Critique of Democracy"

Kevin Kennedy (Department of Philosophy, St. Johns University), "J.H. Newman and Educating for Democracy in a Pluralist Society"


3:30 p.m.

Christianity Gender and Self-Determination

Todd Salzman (Department of Theology, Creighton University),
"Religious Liberty, Gender, Sexual Orientation and Nondiscrimination Legislation: A Critical Analysis of the Catholic Perspective"

Mara Willard (Department of Religion, Oklahoma University)
"Lumen Gentium is the Best Disinfectant: Catholic Women Educated for Citizenship and the 2002 'Crisis in the Church'"


5:00 p.m.


Closing Remarks