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Religion in the Public Sphere

“Religion, Reconciliation and the Politics of Secularism”

Speaker: Dr. Jonathan VanAntwerpen, director of the program on Religion and the Public Sphere, Social Science Research Council, and Wofford’s Olin and Muffet Sansbury Lecturer
“Secularity in the Public Sphere”
Thursday, Feb. 16 – 7 p.m.
Leonard Auditorium, Main Building 

Since joining the Social Science Research Council, located in Brooklyn, N.Y., in January 2006, VanAntwerpen has directed projects on religion and international affairs, on the religious lives of American undergraduates, on spirituality and political engagement, and on the interdisciplinary study of prayer. He is co-editor of a series of books on secularism and religion, including “Habermas and Religion” (Polity, forthcoming), “Rethinking Secularism” (Oxford University Press, 2011), “The Post-Secular in Question” (NYU Press, 2012), “The Power of Religion in the Public Sphere” (Columbia University Press, 2011), and “Varieties of Secularism in a Secular Age” (Harvard University Press, 2010). He also has written on higher education (with David L. Kirp), on the history of sociology (with Craig Calhoun and Troy Duster), and on globalization, philanthropy, and the politics of reconciliation. He is co-editor (with Michael Burawoy) of “Producing Public Sociology: Contributions” from Berkeley Faculty, senior editor for “Frequencies,” and editor-in-chief of “The Immanent Frame.” In concert with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the Interfaith Center of New York, VanAntwerpen conducts a series of ongoing consultations on religion and the United Nations, bringing together academic researchers, NGO actors, and representatives of UN agencies to discuss peace building, development, gender, and related issues. He led the SSRC team that developed plans for a recently launched project on peace-building in Africa, and has worked collaboratively to build and edit a new digital forum on “Possible Futures” (linked to the SSRC book series of the same name). VanAntwerpen received his doctorate from the University of California, Berkeley. He is a visiting scholar at New York University’s Institute for Public Knowledge. His lecture will be the second in Wofford’s Religion in the Public Sphere series. A roundtable discussion with VanAntwerpen will be held from 9 to 11:30 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 17, in the Anna Todd Wofford Center in the Andrews Field House on campus. The public is invited to observe the discussion among students, faculty, staff and VanAntwerpen.

Roundtable Discussion

Dr. Jonathan VanAntwerpen, director of the program on Religion and the Public Sphere, Social Science Research Council, and Wofford’s Olin and Muffet Sansbury Lecturer
Friday, Feb. 17 – 9-11:30 a.m.
Anna Todd Wofford Center, Andrews Field House
The public is invited to observe the discussion among Wofford students, faculty, staff and VanAntwerpen.