• The Future of the Catholic Church with Pope Francis

    The Future of the Catholic Church with Pope Francis

    Tom Banchoff says a new book by Garry Wills features five far-reaching changes that highlight the capacity for renewal within the Church and provides an historically grounded hope for change under Francis.

  • New Space for Pressure on Likud

    New Space for Pressure on Likud

    Drew Christiansen, S.J. and Ra'fat Aldajani say Netanyahu's victory provides an opportunity to realign America's Israel-Palestine policy with US national interests and the international community.

  • Intergenerational Justice and the Universal Common Good

    Intergenerational Justice and the Universal Common Good

    Bloggers respond to World Bank President Jim Yong Kim's second Global Futures lecture, in which he presented a comprehensive and elaborate roadmap for action on climate change.

  • Postdoctoral Fellowship for Chinese Scholar of Religious Studies

    Postdoctoral Fellowship for Chinese Scholar of Religious Studies

    The Berkley Center is accepting applications for a postdoctoral fellowship for the 2015 fall semester. Candidates should be based at a Chinese university or institute and engaged in research at the intersection of religion, culture, and society.

  • Channels of Hope

    Channels of Hope

    Christo Greyling, director of faith partnerships for development at World Vision, discusses the organization's fight against Ebola and how it integrates work with local faith communities into its development efforts.

Upcoming Events

April 11, 2015

Clash of Civilizations 2.0

The idea (most famously articulated in Samuel Huntington's Foreign Affairs article) that the world is confronting a “clash of civilizations” may be the most influential concept in contemporary international relations: an idea reviled and lambasted by some, implicitly or explicitly embraced by others. The Berkley Center will host a weekend seminar to explore where these ideas came from, t...

April 13, 2015

Development, Diplomacy, and Gender: A Conversation in Honor of Carol Lancaster

During her long and distinguished career, Carol Lancaster, former dean at Georgetown's School of Foreign Service, was a pioneer in the twin fields of diplomacy and development. Join four of Carol's friends and colleagues for a conversation about her academic and policy contributions and their contemporary relevance, particularly at the intersection of development, diplomacy, an...

April 15, 2015

The Gathering Storm: Religious Persecution and Legislative Responses

Among the most ominous developments of the twenty-first century have been the dramatic, global rise of religious persecution and the decline of religious liberty. The most violent manifestations of the crisis have occurred in the Middle East, South and East Asia, and Sub-Saharan Africa. However, religious freedom is under increasing pressure in the West as well. And yet, Western democracies are...

April 15, 2015

Charles Taylor Discusses Meditation and the Lives of Faith Today

Meditation lies at the intersection of religion and secularity, modernity and authenticity. Charles Taylor, one of the world’s leading scholars of these topics, will lecture on the connection between meditation and faith in modern society. A practicing meditator in the Roman Catholic tradition, Taylor will begin the evening’s event with a short meditation. Fr. Laurence Freeman, O.S.B. will mode...

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