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November 11, 2015

The Fellowship: The Literary Lives of the Inklings

In their standout new book The Fellowship, Philip and Carol Zaleski tell the story of the lively group of English friends and writers whose members produced The Hobbit, Mere Christianity, The Lord of the Rings, The Chronicles of Narnia, and other great works at the intersection of literature and religious belief. The Zaleskis shared excerpts from the book…

November 9, 2015

Symposium on Religion and Climate Change

Following Pope Francis's historic visit to the United States and just a month before the momentous COP21 climate negotiations in Paris, the Berkley Center, in collaboration with the State Department, assembled a group of faith leaders, representatives of faith-based NGOs, scholars, and government policymakers to address the complex intersection of faith, science, and policy that surrounds the challenge of global…

October 20, 2015

Secular Revolutions and Religious Counterrevolutions

In his latest book, The Paradox of Liberation: Secular Revolutions and Religious Counterrevolutions, Michael Walzer asks why leaders and militants of secular liberation have not been able to consolidate their achievement and reproduce themselves in successive generations. On the backdrop of the Arab Awakening and the growth of religiously based political groups in secular countries like Tunisia, Turkey, and…

September 30, 2015

Globalization, Religion, and the Secular

Jürgen Habermas and Charles Taylor, winners of the 2015 John W. Kluge Prize from the Library of Congress, joined Berkley Center professor José Casanova for a conversation about their work. The discussion ranged across the issues of the religious/secular divide, challenges of pluralism and democratic order, and the immigration crisis. Taylor delivered the 2008 Berkley Center Lecture and Habermas was the featured lecturer in…

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