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Spring 2020 Lecture Series - Open to the Public
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Update 3/16/20, 1:45pm - The in-person nature of this lecture series has been suspended for the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester.  We are working on transferring this to an online setting.  Please check back periodically for additional information.​

The University of Delaware's Center for Global & Area Studies will be holding its Spring 2020 "Issues in Global Studies" lecture series on Wednesdays from 12:20-1:10pm in 103 Gore Hall.  This semester's series is entitled "Religion and Politics in Secular Democracies."  

Each lecture in the series which continues through May 6 is free and open to the public.  The series is also part of a one-credit course (ARSC300) that is a core course for the minor in Global Studies.

This semester's ARSC300 course moderated by Professor Muqtedar Khan (Political Science & International Relations, Islamic Studies) will address the impact of the religion-political nexus on secular democracies.  The series will explore themes such as the unwavering evangelical support for President Trump, the rise of Antisemitism and Islamophobia, the rise of Hindu nationalism in India and white nationalism in the US, and abuse of religious minorities worldwide.  Speakers will include prominent voices from the media, the policy community and academia.

This semester's ARSC300 course is co-sponsored by the Center for Global Policy (Washington, D.C.) and the Institute for Religion, Politics and Culture (Washington College, MD).

The topics and speakers are as follows:

  • Feb. 12 - "Introduction to the Series" - Muqtedar Khan (Political Science & International Relations, Islamic Studies)
  • Feb. 19 - "Religion, Politics and Democracy" - Rifat Lutfal, Sumeyye Iltekin, Sumeyra Yildrim - Graduate Student Panel (Political Science & International Relations)
  • Feb. 26 - "Rise of the Christian Right and Authoritarianism in the Trump Era" - Claire Rasmussen (Political Science & International Relations)
  • Mar. 4 - "Religious Freedom and Politics of the US Constitution" - Asma Uddin (Director, Center for Islam and Religious Freedom, Washington, D.C.)
  • Mar. 11 - "The role of American Jews in US Domestic and Foreign Policy" - Peter Beinart (The City University of New York, Columnist at The Atlantic)
  • Mar. 18 - "Rise of Hindutva and Its Impact on Indian Democracy and Governance" - Ravi Agrawal (Managing Editor at Foreign Policy magazine)
  • Mar. 25 - "What is the Evangelical Vision of America?  What Do Christian Americans Want?" - Joseph Prudhomme (Washington College, Maryland)
  • Apr. 8 - "The Emergence of Secular Democracies in Europe" - Dan Green (Political Science & International Relations, African Studies)
  • Apr. 15 - "Democracy, Diversity, and Pluralism - Religion in America" - Alan Fox (Philosophy, Asian Studies)
  • Apr. 22 - Religion and Politics in American Grand Strategy" - Dan Bottomley (Institute for Global Studies)
  • Apr. 29 - Delaware Panel on Faith and Peacemaking in the Middle East" - Rabbi Douglas Krantz and Pastor Dr. Greg Jones
  • May 6 - "American Idealogies and US Foreign Policy Towards Islam" - Muqtedar Khan (Political Science & International Relations, Islamic Studies)
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  • Center for Global and Area Studies
  • 77 East Main Street - Room 217
  • University of Delaware
  • Newark, DE 19711, USA
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