Berkley Forum

The Berkley Forum is an online platform for public scholarship and informed commentary at the intersection of religion and world affairs. Each series of essays brings together a diversity of experts to engage in rigorous debate on a religious or ethical issue of global significance.

As a curated platform, the Berkley Forum invites scholars, policymakers, and practitioners to author short essays. We publish scholars from a wide variety of fields, with a focus on the humanities and social sciences—from religious studies and theology to law, history, and political science. The forum also aims to amplify the voices of junior scholars and those from the Global South. Other authors have included policymakers, government officials, and internationally renowned faith leaders. 

Essays are written for an informed but non-specialist audience in order to increase the public understanding of religion. Our coverage is guided by the news cycle, as well as ongoing Berkley Center research and programming. Past series have explored issues ranging from anti-racism to nuclear disarmament and climate change. Essays published by the Berkley Forum are available open-access and shared widely on center social media. Berkley Forum pieces have been quoted and cited in a wide range of national and international outlets, including the New York Times, CNN, Slate, and Religion News Service.   

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The Berkley Forum is published by the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs at Georgetown University. The conclusions of essays published by the Berkley Forum do not necessarily reflect the views of the center, its leadership and scholars, or Georgetown University. Please direct any questions to Berkley Forum Editor Henry D. Brill at berkleyforum@georgetown.edu.