October 9, 2013
Freedom to Flourish: Is Religious Freedom Necessary for Peace, Prosperity, and Democracy?
Since its inception in 2011 the Religious Freedom Project has conducted a wide ranging conversation among policymakers, scholars, and the media on the meaning and value of religious freedom. This conversation has yielded a great deal of light, and, truth be told, a fair amount of heat (religious freedom is, after all, a controversial subject).
A two-day capstone conference looked back over the project's first three years, and looked forward as well. It addressed the relationship between religious freedom and human flourishing. Top experts engaged in a series of rich and dynamic discussions around the proposition that religious freedom is not only a universal right but also a universal good—a key ingredient in the flourishing of individuals and societies everywhere.
Wednesday, October 9, 2013
10:00 - 10:15am: Welcome & Introductions
Thomas Farr, Religious Freedom Project
10:15 - 11:15am: Keynote Address: Why Everybody Everywhere Has a Right to Religious Freedom
Nicholas Wolterstorff, Yale University
11:15am - 12:00pm: Response
Stephen Macedo, Princeton University
12:00 - 12:30pm: Lunch
12:30 - 1:30pm: Conversation on Religious Freedom and Societal Flourishing
Stephen Macedo, Princeton University
Nicholas Wolterstorff Yale University
Timothy Shah (moderator), Religious Freedom Project
1:45 - 3:15pm: Panel One: Does Every Person Everywhere—Religious or Not—Need Religious Freedom?
Fr. Stephen Fields, SJ (moderator), Georgetown University
Kristine Kalanges, University of Notre Dame
Christopher Tollefsen, University of South Carolina
Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite, Chicago Theological Seminary
3:30 - 5:00pm: Panel Two: Do Democracies Everywhere Need Religious Freedom to be Liberal -- and to Last?
John DiIulio, University of Pennsylvania
Marci Hamilton, Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University
Mark Lilla, Columbia University
Daniel Philpott (moderator), Religious Freedom Project
Mark Rienzi, Catholic University of America
Thursday, October 10, 2013
9:00 - 9:15am: Welcome & Introductions
9:15 - 10:45am: Panel One: Does Religious Freedom Undermine Terrorism and Conflict and Foster Secure Societies?
Thomas Farr (moderator), Religious Freedom Project
Brian Grim, Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life
Will Inboden, University of Texas at Austin
John Owen, University of Virginia
Tamara Wittes, Brookings Institution
11:00am - 12:30pm: Keynote Conversation: Whither the First Freedom? Debating the Current State and Possible Future of Religious Liberty in America
E.J. Dionne, Washington Post
Ross Douthat, New York Times
Ken Starr, President, Baylor University
Jane Little (moderator), Independent Journalist
12:30 - 1:00pm: Lunch
1:00 - 2:30pm: Panel Two: Does Religious Freedom Promote Economic Freedom and Prosperity Everywhere?
Ilan Alon, Rollins College
William Inboden (moderator), Religious Freedom Project
Timur Kuran, Duke University
Ian Linden, Tony Blair Faith Foundation
Rebecca Shah, Berkley Center
2:45 - 4:15pm: Panel Three: What is the Evidence that Religious Freedom is Necessary for the Political Success of Free Societies?
Tony Gill, University of Washington
Daniel Philpott, Religious Freedom Project
Nukhet Sandal, Ohio University
Ani Sarkissian, Michigan State University
Timothy Shah (moderator), Religious Freedom Project
Judge Ken Starr is the president of Baylor University, a position he has held since 2010. He also holds the Louise L. Morrison Chair of Constitutional Law and is a member of the faculty at Baylor Law School. Starr has argued 36 cases before the US Supreme Court, including 25 cases during his service as Solicitor General of the United States. Starr was appointed to serve as independent counsel for five investigations. He is the author of more than 25 publications including, First Among Equals: The Supreme Court in American Life (2002). Starr earned his B.A. from George Washington University in 1968, M.A. from Brown University in 1969, and J.D. from Duke University Law School in 1973. He is admitted to practice in California, the District of Columbia, Virginia, and the US Supreme Court. At the “Christianity and Freedom’ conference, Judge Starr is delivering an address on Religious Liberty in the United States: The Promise and the Challenge, in which he argues that American democracy has been inextricably linked to the idea and ideals of religious liberty.
E.J. Dionne is a senior research fellow at the Berkley Center, University Professor in the Foundations of Democracy and Culture at Georgetown University, and a leading scholar and commentator on religion in US politics. A senior fellow in the Governance Studies Program at the Brookings Institution, Dionne also writes a column for the Washington Post that is syndicated in over 200 outlets nationally and abroad. His most recent book is Our Divided Political Heart: The Battle for the American Idea in an Age of Discontent (2012). Dionne's book Why Americans Hate Politics (1991), won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and was a National Book Award nominee. He is also author of They Only Look Dead: Why Progressives Will Dominate The Next Political Era (1996), Stand Up Fight Back: Republican Toughs, Democratic Wimps, and the Politics of Revenge (2004), and Souled Out: Reclaiming Faith and Politics After the Religious Right (2008).
Ross Douthat has been an op-ed columnist with the New York Times since April 2009. Previously, he was a senior editor at the Atlantic and a blogger for theatlantic.com. He is the author of Bad Religion: How We Became a Nation of Heretics (2012) and Privilege: Harvard and the Education of the Ruling Class (2005), as well as the co-author of Grand New Party: How Republicans Can Win the Working Class And Save the American Dream (2008, with Reihan Salam). He is the film critic for National Review. Douthat holds a B.A. from Harvard University.
Ilan Alon is the George D. and Harriet W. Cornell chair of International Business and Director of The China Center at Rollins College, as well as a visiting scholar and Asia fellow at Harvard University. Dr. Alon applies his significant education...
John J. DiIulio, Jr. is Frederic Fox Leadership Professor of Politics, Religion, and Civil Society, and professor of political science at the University of Pennsylvania. He has published over a dozen books plus hundreds of scholarly and popular...
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Thomas F. Farr is director of the Religious Freedom Project at the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs and a visiting associate professor of religion and international affairs at Georgetown’s Edmund A....
Stephen Fields, SJ is an Associate Professor of Theology at Georgetown University. He teaches on subjects including the history of Christian thought, Christian mysticism, and transcendental Thomism. Fields has also taught at Santa Clara...
Tony Gill is a professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Washington, adjunct professor of sociology at the UW, and a Distinguished Senior Fellow at Baylor University’s Institute for Studies of Religion. He specializes...
Brian J. Grim is a senior researcher and director of cross-national data at the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life and a principle investigator for the International Religious Demography Project at Boston University's Institute on Culture,...
Marci A. Hamilton holds the Paul R. Verkuil Chair in Public Law at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University. Hamilton specializes in constitutional law, with an emphasis on church/state issues. Her books include God vs. the Gavel:...
William Inboden is associate professor at the LBJ School of Public Affairs and executive director of the Clements Center for History, Strategy, and Statecraft at the University of Texas-Austin. He is also a distinguished scholar at the Strauss...
Kristine Kalanges is an Associate Professor of Law at the University of Notre Dame Law School and a Faculty Fellow in the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at Notre Dame. Her first book, Religious Liberty in Western and Islamic Law:...
Timur Kuran is professor of economics and political science, and Gorter Family Professor in Islamic Studies at Duke University. Dr. Kuran’s research focuses on the intersection of Islam and economics, including the effect of Islamic economic...
Mark Lilla, Professor of Humanities at Columbia University, specializes in intellectual history, with a particular focus on Western political and religious thought. Before moving to Columbia in 2007 he taught in the Committee on Social Thought at...
Ian Linden works for the Tony Blair Faith Foundation and is a professorial research associate at the School of Oriental & African Studies in London. Formerly director of the Catholic Institute for International Relations, he was awarded a CMG for...
Jane Little is a broadcast journalist and writer who combines specialist reporting on religion with a wide brief as host. She regularly hosts news and current affairs programs for the British Broadcasting Channel (BBC) and works as a BBC...
Stephen Macedo is the Laurance S. Rockefeller Professor of Politics at Princeton University and a former Director of the University Center for Human Values (2001-2009). He is the founding director of Princeton’s Program in Law and Public Affairs...
John M. Owen is Ambassador Henry J. and Mrs. Marion R. Taylor Professor of Politics at the University of Virginia. He is the author of Liberal Peace, Liberal War: American Politics and International Security (Cornell University Press, 1997) and of...
Daniel Philpott, a Professor of Political Science at the University of Notre Dame’s Kroc Institute for Peace Studies, specializes in the relationship between religion and politics and Catholicism’s contributions to freedom and democracy. He has...
Mark L. Rienzi is an assistant professor at the Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law, where he teaches courses on constitutional law, religious liberty, torts, and evidence. His scholarly research and interests center on the...
Nukhet Sandal is an assistant professor of political science at Ohio University, where she researches religion and international affairs, the politics of divided societies, and international relations theory. She previously taught at Brown...
Ani Sarkissian is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Michigan State University, where she is a core faculty member of the Muslim Studies Program and the Center for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies. Her research agenda focuses on...
Timothy Samuel Shah is associate director of the Religious Freedom Project at the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs and visiting assistant professor in the Government Department, Georgetown University. He is a political...
Rebecca Samuel Shah is a Research Fellow at Georgetown University’s Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs. Shah is the project leader of a research initiative on religion, entrepreneurship, and economic development in the modern...
Rev. Dr. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite is a Senior Fellow at American Progress and a Professor of Theology at Chicago Theological Seminary, where from 1998-2008 she served as its President. An ordained minister of the United Church of Christ since...
Christopher O. Tollefsen is a Professor of Philosophy and Director of Graduate Studies in the Philosophy Department at the University of South Carolina. He is a Senior Fellow of the Witherspoon Institute, a fellow of the James Madison Society at...
Tamara Wittes is a senior fellow and the director of the Saban Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution. Wittes served as deputy assistant secretary of state for Near Eastern affairs from November of 2009 to January 2012,...
Nicholas Wolterstorff is the Noah Porter Professor of Philosophy Emeritus at Yale University and currently a senior fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture at the University of Virginia. Active in teaching and research at Yale from...