Category Archives: 2011-2012

“The Power of Pluralist Thinking: Why the Idea of Religious Freedom Persists” – Prof. Courtney Bender

BenderMarch 19, 2012

“The Power of Pluralist Thinking: Why the Idea of Religious Freedom Persists”

Professor Courtney Bender (Columbia)

Tracing recent shifts in our vision of religious pluralism’s value for democracy, this talk raises questions about the ground on which we imagine our political and religious present. Specifically, it asks how pluralism has come to be a robust sociological indication of religious freedom and, in the process, how it has become linked in new (and some surprisingly old) ways to claims for political freedom in democratic societies.

DSC_0335Courtney Bender is an associate professor in the Department of Religious Studies at Columbia University. One of the leading voices in the sociology and study of religion in the U.S., she is the author of The New Metaphysicals: Spirituality and the American Religious Imagination (Chicago 2010) and co-editor of What Matters? Ethnographies of Value in a Not So Secular Age (Columbia 2012).

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“Here Comes Everyone: Political Religion in the 21st Century” – Prof. Winnifred Sullivan

 February 13, 2012

“Here Comes Everyone: Political Religion in the 21st Century”

Professor Winnifred F. Sullivan (SUNY Buffalo)

Two decades after the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in the “peyote case,” we have an opportunity to survey the world that Smith made. Professor Sullivan’s talk will consider political religion in the 21st Century by setting that decision and the distinctive dynamics of law, religion, and politics in the United States in an international and comparative perspective.

LRST_Sullivan1Winnifred Sullivan is the Director of the Law and Religion Program at SUNY Buffalo Law School and Author of The Impossibility Of Religious Freedom (Princeton 2005) and Prison Religion: Faith-based Reform And The Constitution (Princeton 2009).

 

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