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May 1, 2014

Colum McCann and the Art of Radical Empathy

As part of Georgetown's Faith and Culture conversation series, novelist Colum McCann discussed his body of work, as well as his most recent book, TransAtlantic. In particular, McCann explored the ways literature can promote empathy and understanding by allowing the writer and the reader to form deep connections with a novel's characters and so to see the world from their perspectives, and to grasp the profound interdependence of human society as well.

Paul Elie, Berkley Center senior fellow and author of The Life You Save May Be Your Own and Reinventing Bach, led the conversation. This...


May 2, 2014

Addressing the Asylum Crisis: Religious Contributions to Rethinking Protection in Global Politics

Across the world, the dominant state-based modes for asylum and protection are in crisis. Governments of both left and right have introduced increasingly strict asylum policies in an effort to deter asylum seekers. At the same time, however, the causes for people to flee and seek asylum are becoming more varied. These dynamics are contributing to a failure of asylum and refugee protection. Amid this failure, religious actors have emerged as major providers of services for asylum seekers and those who have not received refugee status, as well as significant campaigners for alternative modes...


May 7- 8, 2014

Religion and Security in World Affairs Workshop

Religion and security considerations intersect in multiple, complex ways across the globe and are thus consequential for government policy, strategy, and engagement. Workshop participants explored the multi-dimensional context of religion on the world stage, including its role in the phases of conflict, terrorism, peace operations, and development. An enhanced perspective on these factors will inform what has largely been a neglected area in U.S. national security policy: how stakeholders can understand and address urgent contemporary security challenges with religious implications. The...


May 8, 2014

The Jesuits and Globalization: Justice and the Common Good

The founding document of the Society of Jesus invokes both the “glory of God and the common good.” Jesuits have often served as confessors to Catholic rulers and politicians. More significantly, they have made enduring contributions to the fields of law and human rights, and social justice.

This symposium featured a panel of distinguished scholars from the Jesuits and Globalization Project—Tom Banchoff, Jose Casanova, David Hollenbach, and Sabina Pavone—as well as the European University Institute—Olivier Roy, Katharina Kuffner, and Wei Jiang. The panel explored the Jesuit approach to...


May 9, 2014

The Future of Religious Studies and the Public Understanding of Religion in a Global Age

This conversation addressed how theological and religious education should be transformed under the array of challenges we face in a global era. Specifically, it addressed the pressures on theological and religious education and ways that these disciplines can adapt to a changing landscape; ways that professors of undergraduates in non-religious studies departments can teach students about religion across academic disciplines; and how these various modes of religious and theological education can rise to the challenges of deep misunderstanding about religious peoples, traditions, and norms....