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Annual Conference, 2006-2007


"Religious Pluralism in Modern America"

Martin Marty and Diana Eck Pluralism Conference Participants

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Plenary Lectures are Free and Open to the Public: 1100 Grainger Hall, 975 University Avenue

Participation in the conference is free, but seating is limited, so registration is required.

Each session will feature extended discussion between panelists and the audience, so attendees should read the papers before the session begins.


All conference sessions will take place in the Pyle Center, 702 Langdon Street, room DE 335

Martin Marty8:00 PM Plenary Address
: "Why We Can’t All Just Get Along: And Why Getting Along Alone Is Not Enough”

Martin Marty, Fairfax M. Cone Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus, University of Chicago


FRIDAY, APRIL 13, 2007

8:45 AM Conference Introduction
Charles Cohen, Professor of History and Religious Studies, Director, Lubar Institute, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Ronald Numbers, Hilldale and William Coleman Professor of the History of Science and Medicine, Religious Studies, LISAR, University of Wisconsin-Madison

9:00-10:30, 10:45-12:00 Session 1- Overviews
Chair: Jon Roberts, Boston University

History/Religious Studies - Amanda Porterfield, Florida State University
History/Sociology - John Evans, University of California, San Diego
History/Geography - Bret Carroll, California State University, Stanislaus

2:00-4:00 PM Session 2: Impact of Religious Pluralism: I
Chair: Jennifer Ratner-Rosenhagen, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Women - R. Marie Griffith, Princeton University
Popular Culture - Peter Williams, Miami University
African Americans - Anthea Butler, Rochester University

Diana Eck 8:00 PM Plenary Address: "The Turbulent Waters of Religious Pluralism: Civic Challenges? Theological Challenges? What's the Difference and What's the Problem?"

Diana Eck, Professor of Comparative Religion and Indian Studies,Faculty of Arts and Sciences; Member of the Faculty of Divinity; Director, Pluralism Project, Harvard University


8:30-10:30 AM Session 3 - Protestantism, Catholicism, Judaism
Chair: Katherine Cart
é Engel, Texas A&M University

Protestantism - William Trollinger, University of Dayton - Withdrawn
Catholicism - Scott Appleby, University of Notre Dame
Judaism - Deborah Dash Moore, University of Michigan

11:00-1:00 Session 4 - Asian Religions in America
Chair: Abbas Hamdani, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, emeritus

Islam - Yvonne Haddad, Georgetown University
Buddhism - Thomas Tweed, University of North Carolina
Hinduism - Joanne Waghorne, Syracuse University

3:00-5:00 PM Session 5: Impact of Religious Pluralism: II
Chair: J. Rixey Ruffin, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point

Religion and politics - Charles Lippy, University of Tennessee, Chattanooga
Religion and international politics - Paul Boyer, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Religion and law - James Hitchcock, St. Louis University

LISAR gratefully acknowledges the conference co-sponsors:

Anonymous Fund
Department of History
Religious Studies Program
University Lectures Committee

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