Virtual 2020 Student Poster Session on Religion, Ethics, and World Affairs
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Showing the Virtual 2020 Student Poster Session on Religion, Ethics, and World Affairs Video
April 24, 2020
12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. EDT
Location: Online Zoom Webinar
The Religion, Ethics, and World Affairs (REWA) program offers a minor for Georgetown Main Campus undergraduate students administered through the Berkley Center. The REWA minor gives students an opportunity to explore the role of faith and values across topic areas including international relations, comparative politics, and history and cultures. The Virtual Spring 2020 REWA Student Symposium ran from April 20-24.
This virtual poster session featured the research of senior REWA students on diverse topics including sacred spaces and religious minority survival in China, religion as a political vehicle in Serbia, holy sites in the Holy Land, and more. The students shared their work and engaged in discussion with Berkley Center faculty and staff.
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About Michael Blank
Michael Blank (C'20) is a graduating senior majoring in government with minors in philosophy and religion, ethics, and world affairs from Westchester, New York. Next year, he will likely be attending either Columbia Law or NYU Law to eventually work in public interest law.
About Matthew Buckwald
Matthew Buckwald (C'20) is a senior in the College majoring in government with minors in Arabic and religion, ethics, and world affairs. Matt gained a passion for public service and international affairs starting with a Global Human Rights Fellowship at the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. At Georgetown, he has interned at the U.S. House of Representatives twice, assisting with military, immigration, and national security portfolios. After working for the Human Rights Campaign as a development intern, Matt also held positions at the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. On campus, Matt serves as the chair of the senior class committee, director of recruitment for the Blue & Gray tour guide society, and co-chair of the Georgetown Institute of Politics & Public Service. After graduating from the government honors program, Matt will be pursuing his master’s degree in security and diplomacy studies from Tel Aviv University on a Fulbright Scholarship.
About Rachel Corbally
Rachel Corbally (SFS'20, G'21) will be graduating in May 2020 as a science, technology, and international affairs major with minors in Spanish and religion, ethics, and world affairs. She concentrated on cybersecurity as a Scholarship for Service: CyberCorps® recipient. While at Georgetown, Rachel has been a member of the Georgetown Admissions Ambassador Program, where she represented the state of Connecticut, and served as the previous president of the Georgetown University Grilling Society. Rachel will return to Georgetown in fall 2020 for her second year in the security studies program where she is pursuing an accelerated master’s degree, concentrating in military operations. She hopes to pursue a career in the public sector once she graduates.
About Maya James
Maya James (C'20) is an undergraduate in the College, class of 2020, majoring in government and minoring in both religion, ethics, and world affairs and creative writing. She will be attending Harvard Divinity School in fall 2020 to study religion, ethics, and politics, particularly the intersections of political and religious rhetoric in peacebuilding processes. For the fall 2018 semester, she studied in Be'er Sheva, Israel, and blogged for the Junior Year Abroad Network. In her spare time, she enjoys dancing, cooking new recipes, and writing speculative fiction.
About Samyukt Kumar
Samyukt Kumar (SFS'20) is a senior in the School of Foreign Service, majoring in international economics with minors in history and religion, ethics, and world affairs. He is highly interested in learning about the intersection of religion and politics and religious-based conflict. When he is not reading about international history or politics, Samyukt enjoys playing golf and watching the New York Knicks. Samyukt is originally from Stamford, Connecticut, and plans to be in New York City after graduation.
About Will Rau
Will Rau (SFS'20) is a senior in the School of Foreign Service majoring in international politics, minoring in Chinese, and receiving an Asian studies certificate. He is deeply interested in Sino-U.S. relations and Chinese human rights. During his study abroad in Kunming, Yunnan, China, Will conducted field research on various social topics while completing a thesis on the South China Sea entirely in Chinese. Outside of the classroom, Will is the varsity coxswain for the men’s heavyweight rowing team, a Model U.N. conference leader, and a columnist for the Caravel.
About José Casanova
José Casanova is one of the world's top scholars in the sociology of religion. He is a professor in the Department of Sociology and Department of Theology and Religious Studies at Georgetown University and senior fellow at the Berkley Center, where his work focuses on globalization, religions, and secularization. During 2017 he was the Kluge Chair in Countries and Cultures of the North at the U.S. Library of Congress' John W. Kluge Center, where he worked on a book manuscript on Early Modern Globalization through a Jesuit Prism. He has published works on a broad range of subjects, including religion and globalization, migration and religious pluralism, transnational religions, and sociological theory. His best-known work, Public Religions in the Modern World (University of Chicago Press, 1994), has become a modern classic in the field and has been translated into several languages, including Japanese, Arabic, and Turkish. In 2012, Casanova was awarded the Theology Prize from the Salzburger Hochschulwochen in recognition of his life-long achievement in the field of theology.
About Shaun Casey
Shaun Casey is director of the Berkley Center and a professor of the practice in Georgetown's Walsh School of Foreign Service. He is also a senior fellow with the Luce Project on Religion and Its Publics at the University of Virginia. He previously was U.S. special representative for religion and global affairs and director of the U.S. Department of State’s Office of Religion and Global Affairs. He has also held positions at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C., the Center for American Progress, and the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Casey has written on the ethics of the war in Iraq, as well the role of religion in American presidential politics. He is the author of The Making of a Catholic President: Kennedy vs. Nixon 1960 (2009) and co-editor of The Oxford Handbook of Political Theology (forthcoming, with Michael Kessler); he is writing a book on ethics and international politics tentatively titled Niebuhr’s Children. Casey holds a B.A. from Abilene Christian University, MPA from Harvard Kennedy School, and M.Div. and Th.D. in religion and society from Harvard Divinity School.
About Jocelyne Cesari
Jocelyne Cesari holds the Chair of Religion and Politics and is director of research at the Edward Cadbury Centre for the Public Understanding of Religion at the University of Birmingham, United Kingdom; at Georgetown University she is a senior fellow at the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs and an associate professor of the practice of religion, peace, and conflict resolution in the Department of Government. For the 2018-2019 and 2019-2020 academic years she is the T. J. Dermot Dunphy Visiting Professor of Religion, Violence, and Peacebuilding at Harvard Divinity School. President of the European Academy of Religion, her work on religion, political violence, and conflict resolution has garnered recognition and awards from numerous international organizations such as the Carnegie Council for Ethics and International Affairs and the Royal Society for Arts in the United Kingdom. She is a Professorial Fellow at Australian Catholic University's Institute for Religion, Politics and Society. She teaches on contemporary Islam and politics at Harvard Divinity School and directs the Islam in the West program.
About Drew Christiansen
Rev. Drew Christiansen, S.J., is Distinguished Professor of Ethics and Human Development in Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service and a senior fellow at the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs. His current areas of research include nuclear disarmament, nonviolence and just peacemaking, Catholic social teaching, and ecumenical public advocacy. He is a frequent consultant to the Holy See and a member of the steering committee of the Catholic Peacebuilding Network. He also served on the Atlantic Council's Middle East Task Force and on the Holy See delegation that participated in the negotiation of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons during summer 2017.
About Ryann Craig
Ryann Craig is the Berkley Center's director of student programs. Before joining the Berkley Center, she worked in academic support and student advising as assistant director of academic support at the Catholic University of America. She recently served as a copy editor for the International Qurʾānic Studies Association’s journal and monograph series (2016-2018) and has been involved in a number of religious minority cultural heritage preservation initiatives in the United States, Germany, and Israel/Palestine. Ryann completed her Ph.D. (Catholic University of America) on the use of Quranic proof texts by medieval Christian Arabic and Syriac authors while in residence as a doctoral fellow at the Tantur Ecumenical Institute in Jerusalem. She is co-editor with Vasile-Octavian Mihoc of A Contested Coexistence: Insights in Arabic Christianity from Theology to Migration (Harrassowitz, 2020).
About David Hollenbach
David Hollenbach, S.J., is the Pedro Arrupe Distinguished Research Professor in the Walsh School of Foreign Service, a senior fellow at the Berkley Center, and affiliated professor in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at Georgetown University. Before coming to Georgetown he was the director of the Center for Human Rights and International Justice at Boston College, where he held the University Chair in Human Rights and International Justice. His teaching and research deal with human rights, theories of justice, religious and ethical responses to humanitarian crises, and religion in political life, approached in a way shaped by Catholic social thought, contemporary theology, moral philosophy, and social science approaches. His books include Driven from Home: Protecting the Rights of Forced Migrants (2010) The Global Face of Public Faith: Politics, Human Rights, and Christian Ethics (2003), and The Common Good and Christian Ethics (2002). He has taught frequently at Hekima University College in Nairobi, Kenya. He was 2016-2017 president of the Catholic Theological Society of America.
About Michael Kessler
Michael Kessler is managing director of the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs at Georgetown University, an associate professor of the practice of moral and political theory in the Department of Government, and an adjunct professor of law at Georgetown Law. Kessler’s research and writing focus on theology, philosophical and religious ethics, and social, political, and legal theory. He is interested in problems of law and religion, both globally and in the U.S. constitutional context. Kessler is the author of several edited volumes, including The Oxford Handbook of Political Theology, co-edited with Shaun Casey (Oxford University Press, forthcoming); Political Theology for a Plural Age (Oxford University Press, 2013); and Mystics: Presence and Aporia, co-edited with Christian Sheppard (University of Chicago Press, 2013). He also wrote “Engaging Religion in U.S. Foreign Affairs,” a chapter in the Companion to Religion and Politics in the United States (Wiley-Blackwell, 2016).
About Katherine Marshall
Katherine Marshall is a senior fellow at the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs, where she leads the center's work on religion and global development, and a professor of the practice of development, conflict, and religion in the Walsh School of Foreign Service. She helped to create and now serves as the executive director of the World Faiths Development Dialogue. Marshall, who worked at the World Bank from 1971 to 2006, has nearly five decades of experience on a wide range of development issues in Africa, Latin America, East Asia, and the Middle East, particularly those facing the world’s poorest countries. She led the World Bank’s faith and ethics initiative between 2000 and 2006.