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Annual Conference, 2008-2009


Religion and the State

March 26-28, 2009

CSLD logoIn cooperation with
The Center for the Study of Liberal Democracy, UW-Madison

March 26, 7:30 PM - Plenary Address: "Who's Afraid of American Religion?"

Alan Wolfe Alan Wolfe
Founding director of the Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life at Boston College

Thursday, March 26, 2009, 7:30 PM
Gale VandeBurg Auditorium
The Pyle Center, Room 121
702 Langdon Street



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


8:30-9:00: Registration, refreshments
9:00-9:30: Conference Introduction

9:30-11:30: Session 1: Religion in the Curriculum
Chair, Michael Thomas, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, UW-Madison
Lester Hunt, Department of Philosophy, UW-Madison
Simone Schweber, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, UW-Madison
Susan Douglass, Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding
Georgetown University

2:00-4:00 Session 2: Religion and the State in the Modern Middle East
Chair, Nadav Shelef, Department of Political Science, UW-Madison
Ovamir Anjum, Religious Studies Program, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Malika Zeghal, Divinity School, University of Chicago
Gideon Sapir, Faculty of Law, Bar-Ilan University


8:30-10:30 Session 3: Religion and Citizenship
Chair, Donald Downs, Department of Political Science, UW-Madison
Stephen Macedo, Director, University Center for Human Values, Princeton University
Loren Lomasky, Department of Philosophy, University of Virginia
Patrick Wolf, Department of Education Reform, University of Arkansas

11:00-1:00 Session 4: Limits of Tolerance
Chair, Steve Nadler, Department of Philosophy, UW-Madison
Sherman Jackson, Arthur W. Thurnau Professor of Near Eastern Studies, University of
Robert Tsai, Washington College of Law, American University
Howard Schweber, Department of Political Science, UW-Madison

2:30-4:30 Session 5: Religion and Public Reason
Chair, Leonard Kaplan, Mortimer M. Jackson Professor of Law, UW-Madison
Nicholas Wolterstorff, Noah Porter Professor of Philosophical Theology, Emeritus, Yale University
Richard Boyd, Department of Government, Georgetown University
Mohammad Fadel, School of Law, University of Toronto

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