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Knowledge, Dialogue, and Action for Better Understanding

Center programs build knowledge, promote dialogue, and support action in a critical area at the intersection of world affairs. Under the leadership of a Center faculty member, each sponsors a range of events, publications, and interactive, web-based knowledge resources. The Center's Undergraduate Initiatives engage students as producers, and not just consumers of knowledge.

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The last two decades have seen a surge of religious, ethical and cultural controversies around the world. Through research, teaching and outreach the Faith, Values, and Public Life program explores the intersection of globalization with contemporary issues including education, science and technology, and international relations.

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How does globalization intersect with the resurgence of public religion? To what extent do we live in a post-secular world? The Globalization, Religions, and the Secular program brings together leading scholars across disciplines to explore different dimensions of these questions across states, regions, and religious communities.

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The Arab Spring has highlighted one of the most salient trends of the past two decades: the emergence of Islam as a political force around the world. The Islam and World Politics program addresses the intersection of Islam and politics in areas including democratization, immigration, and women's rights.

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Drawing on the scholarly resources of Georgetown University and the documentary approach pioneered by StoryCorps, the American Pilgrimage Project will invite Americans of diverse backgrounds to sit together and talk to each other one-to-one about the role their religious beliefs play at crucial moments in their lives.

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Both the practice and analysis of US foreign policy has traditionally marginalized religious questions. With the support of the Henry Luce Foundation, the Berkley Center explores the role of religion in US policy. This program gives special attention to issues of human rights and international religious freedom.

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Georgetown University's Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs has received a $2 million grant from the John Templeton Foundation to support the interdisciplinary study of religious freedom. The Religious Freedom Project engages a team of leading international scholars led by the Center's Thomas Farr.

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Engagement with cultural and religious differences is a centerpiece of the Georgetown educational experience. The Doyle Engaging Difference Program, a collaboration with the Center for New Designs in Learning and Scholarship (CNDLS), supports Berkley Center's Doyle Seminars program, the Junior Year Abroad Program (JYAN), and Doyle student fellows.

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The program in Law, Religion, and Values supports teaching, research, and scholarly conferences that explore how religion and values legitimate, shape, and conflict with global political, cultural, and legal systems in transnational and comparative perspective.

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The single largest religious community on the globe, the Catholic Church has developed teachings on justice and peace that are relevant to global challenges of economic and social development, democracy and human rights, conflict resolution, and interreligious dialogue. Under Pope Francis, the Church has increased its engagement in world affairs. The program on the Church and the World will address these issues through concerted research, teaching, and outreach activities.

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