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January 6, 2014

The Education and Social Justice Project: International Summer Research Fellowships 2013

This report reflects on the fourth year of the Education and Social Justice Project, which provided four Georgetown University students with fellowships to travel to Argentina, Cambodia, Peru, and Poland to conduct in-depth examinations of innovative educational initiatives, with a focus on the work of Jesuit institutions. The project is made possible through the generous support of Rodney Jacob (MSB’86, JD’89) and other members of the Georgetown community.


November 11, 2013

Berkley Center Annual Report 2012-2013

This report outlines our major activities over the past year, including the launch of a new project examining the role of Jesuits in globalization and the continuation of our well established Religious Freedom Project and Religion and Global Development Program. Additionally, the center hosted a wide range of notable speakers including: Cardinal Donald Wuerl; just war theorist Michael Walzer; and Pastor Rick Warren.


October 17, 2013

Junior Year Abroad Network Annual Report 2012-2013

The Berkley Center Junior Year Abroad Network (JYAN) connects Georgetown students studying abroad at universities around the world. Students share reflections on religion, culture, politics, and society in their host countries, commenting on topics ranging from religious freedom and interfaith dialogue to secularization, globalization, democracy, and economics. In the seven years since the program began, more than 350 students have participated, studying in nearly 50 countries. This report brings together blog excerpts from students who studied abroad during the 2012-2013 school year,...


October 9, 2013

Freedom to Flourish: Is Religious Freedom Necessary for Peace, Prosperity, and Democracy

Today, questions about the nature and extent of religious freedom are more vital and controversial than ever, not only in established Western democracies but also in non-Western contexts in which religious groups are influential political actors, such as India, Tunisia, and Indonesia. To discuss these crucial questions, the Religious Freedom Project brought two of America’s most distinguished political and ethical thinkers together for an extensive—and often intense—discussion. This report is an edited transcript of the keynote address of RFP’s two-day capstone conference, "Freedom to...


October 5, 2013

Lebanon: The Persistence of Sectarian Conflict

This case study examines the sectarian hostilities between and among Christians, Sunni Muslims, Shi’a Muslims, and Druze that have characterized Lebanese religious, social, and political life since the country’s civil war (1975-1990). In exploring the complex interreligious dynamics of contemporary Lebanese history, the case study deals with five large questions: What are the historical origins of Lebanon’s religious divides? What are the causes of sectarian conflict in Lebanon? How important are international religious and political forces? What role have socioeconomic factors played? How...