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The Berkley Center Lectures

Since 2007 the Berkley Center Lectures have been the premiere showcase for global thought leaders in religion and global affairs. The annual series brings distinguished scholars to campus for presentations on cutting-edge topics at the intersection of religion, culture, and politics. The formal program is flanked by informal interaction with Georgetown faculty and students.

  • Tariq Ramadan, "Islam in the West," 2007
  • Charles Taylor, "Narratives of Secularity," 2008
  • Hans Joas, "Universal Human Rights: A New Genealogy," 2009
  • Jean-Luc Marion, "What Are the Roots of the Distinction between Theology and Philosophy?" 2011
  • Jürgen Habermas, "Myth and Ritual," 2011
  • José Casanova, "The Church and the World: Secular Morality and the Challenge of Gender," 2012
  • Tu Weiming, "Confucianism and Liberal Education for a Global Era," 2013
  • Martha Nussbaum, "Anger and Revolutionary Justice," 2015
  • Madeleine Albright, "Religion, Peace, and World Affairs: The Challenges Ahead," 2016
  • William Schweiker, "The Future of Reformations Past," 2018
Madeleine Albright Giving Tenth Anniversary Berkley Lecture in 2016

Project Leaders

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Thomas Banchoff

Senior Fellow
Vice President for Global Engagement

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Michael Kessler

Managing Director
Department of Government and Law Center



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