International Religious Freedom: Contemporary Challenges and Opportunities

A Conversation with Ambassador Rashad Hussain

April 12, 2022
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. EDT
Location: Healy Hall Riggs Library Map

Nominated by President Biden, Rashad Hussain was confirmed as the ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom on December 16, 2021. In this role, Hussain serves as principal advisor to the U.S. secretary of state and advisor to President Joe Biden on religious freedom conditions and policy. He leads the U.S. State Department’s efforts to monitor religious freedom abuses, persecution, and discrimination worldwide. Previously, Ambassador Hussain served as the special envoy to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation in the Obama administration.

This event sought to learn from and engage with Amb. Hussain's expertise and experiences. Following opening remarks from the ambassador surveying the contemporary international religious freedom landscape, a panel conversation with Dr. Elise Anderson, senior program manager for research and advocacy at the Uyghur Human Rights Project, and Dr. Chris Seiple, president emeritus of the Institute for Global Engagement, further explored issues of vital significance. The conversation was moderated by Dr. Matthew Anderson, lecturer in Georgetown University's Department of Theology and Religious Studies. The event was introduced by Dr. John Borelli, special assistant for Catholic identity and dialogue to President John J. DeGioia of Georgetown University.

This event was coordinated with the Religion, Politics, and the Common Good undergraduate program in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies and co-sponsored by the Office of the President, the Department of Theology and Religious Studies, and the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs at Georgetown University.

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