• The Future of Liberal Democracy

    The Future of Liberal Democracy

    On May 24, Senior Fellow Jocelyne Cesari was joined by Jack A. Goldstone and Pankaj Mishra on a panel to discuss the rise of ethnonationalism and the future of liberal democracy. The event was part of the 2017 CFR Religion and Foreign Policy Workshop.

  • New Book Highlights Intersection of Islam, Gender, and Democracy

    New Book Highlights Intersection of Islam, Gender, and Democracy

    A new book edited by center Senior Fellows Jocelyne Cesari and Jose Casanova titled Islam, Gender, and Democracy in Comparative Perspective analyzes emerging Muslim democracies and how feminist debates in both the Muslim and secular spheres have influenced attitudes and policies in different nations.

  • The Science Behind Belief

    The Science Behind Belief

    Scientists gathered at the "Cognition of Belief" conference on June 2 to discuss the effect of religious belief on human cognition. Interestingly, researchers found various cognitive similarities in members of different faith groups.

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  • Religion and Mental Health

    Religion and Mental Health

    Religious leaders often play an important role in raising awareness and influencing societal norms, and the issues surrounding mental health are no exception. Berkley Center Senior Fellow Katherine Marshall discusses a recent event in Dhaka that examined how religious leaders can help improve mental health in Bangladesh.

  • The Pope and Donald Trump

    The Pope and Donald Trump

    Pope Francis has followed a rubric of discernment since he was young to help him lead a moral life. Paul Elie weighs in on how this rubric may help to better inform Donald Trump’s presidency, especially on issues such as climate change and national unity.

Recent Events

July 20, 2017

Muslims and the Making of America

American Muslim identity presently hangs under a dark cloud of suspicion. Ironically, as Amir Hussain demonstrates, there has never been an America without Muslims. The American tapestry is woven, in part, with Muslim threads.

April 11, 2017

Silence: A Film Screening and Conversation with Martin Scorsese

Renowned director Martin Scorsese’s Silence —based on Shusaku Endo's classic novel tells the story of two Jesuit missionaries who travel to Japan in search of their missing mentor at a time when Christianity was outlawed there. When they are captured and imprisoned, both men are plunged into an odyssey that will test their faith, challenge their sanity and, perhaps, put…

March 31, 2017

2017 Doyle Symposium: Dialogue for Engaging Across Difference

As President DeGioia reminded us in a message to the Georgetown community on November 29, 2016, as an institution and as a community, “we will continue to engage in constructive dialogue, maintain our commitment to freedom of speech, and hold each other to the very highest standards of civility and respect.” These commitments may sound different than they did prior…

March 30, 2017

Theology Without Borders

World-renowned Georgetown professor Peter Phan has spent his career exploring a range of theological questions, and the two-day "Theology Without Borders" event celebrated his influence and legacy. Featured panelists addressed some of the most significant challenges Phan's scholarly work has examined: How should we understand religious pluralism and how does it benefit society? How do we best live out our…

March 2, 2017

Age of Anger: Pankaj Mishra

Political systems across the world have seen stunning upheavals in recent years, as voters fueled by anger and frustration have upset the established order. The historic Brexit vote, the election of Donald Trump, and the growing popularity of right-wing political parties across Europe serve as just a few examples of this global phenomenon.
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