Butler University’s Seminar on Religion and World Civilization presents “Freedom of Expression and Religion,” a series of four public seminars that will take place Sept. 24, Oct. 21, Jan. 28, and Feb. 25.
The topics to be explored are: “Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Faith: Understanding the First Amendment and Its Global Implications;” “Islam and Free Expression;” “Mr. Putin Goes to Church: Religion and Freedom of Speech in Modern Russia;” and “Faith and Academic Freedom in Higher Education.”
The seminars will meet from 7-9 p.m. in the Krannert Room of Clowes Memorial Hall on the campus of Butler University, 4600 Sunset Ave. Admission is free, but tickets are required and available at the Clowes Hall box office and Ticketmaster (fees apply).
Tickets for the September and October events will be available starting Sept. 3. Tickets for the January and February events will be available starting Jan. 3, 2014. The Clowes Hall box office is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
The Seminar on Religion and World Civilization is a program of the Center for Faith and Vocation, promoting understanding of interfaith and intercultural relations through discussion of religious issues in global perspective.
For more information, call (317) 940-8253 or visit www.butler.edu/cfv.
These are the panels:
Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Faith: Understanding the First Amendment and Its Global Implications
Tuesday, Sept. 24
A panel of three constitutional law scholars sets a foundation, exploring the European roots of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, and preparing us to understand how this lens is often used in thinking about free speech and religion around the world.
Daniel Conkle is Robert H. McKinney Professor of Law and an adjunct professor of religious studies at Indiana University. He is the author of Constitutional Law: The Religion Clauses, Foundation Press, 2009.
Shelia Suess Kennedy is a professor of law and public policy at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. She is former director of the Indiana Civil Liberties Union, and author of Free Expression in America: A Documentary History, Greenwood Press, 1999.
Richard Garnett is a professor of law at the University of Notre Dame. He is author of the upcoming bookTwo There Are: Understanding the Separation of Church and State,Cambridge University Press.
Islam and Free Expression
Monday, Oct. 21
There is rich discussion of faith and critique within Islam and in the larger global context that can lead to conflict between religious liberty and free speech. We will explore the contrast between freedom of expression in Muslim countries and secular states where issues of respect for Islam and political discourse can collide.
Saba Mahmood is an associate professor of anthropology at the University of California, Berkley, where her research focuses on religion, law and politics, and secularism in the Middle East and Europe. She is currently writing about the right to religious liberty and non-Muslim minorities in the Middle East.
Peter Gottschalk is a professor of religion at Wesleyan University in Connecticut. His teaching and research focuses on the dynamics of cultural interpretation and conflict in the context of Islam, Hinduism, and the West.
Sholeh Shahrokhi is an assistant professor of anthropology at Butler University where her research and teaching focus on Iran, the Middle East, sexuality, youth cultures, and public space.
Mr. Putin Goes to Church: Religion and Freedom of Speech in Modern Russia
Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014
Members of the feminist punk band Pussy Riot made international headlines when they were arrested in 2012 after a performance critical of Russian President Vladimir Putin that took place inside a Russian Orthodox cathedral. This case highlights a landscape of religious and political freedom and restriction that has given rise to anti-gay legislation and blasphemy laws in Russia. We will explore the history, cultural context, and political realities at play.
Nadieszda Kizenko is an associate professor of history at the State University of New York, Albany. She has written widely about the place of religion in post-Soviet Russia and Ukraine, and about women and religion in that region.
Paul Valliere is the McGregor Chair of the Humanities and a professor of religion at Butler University. Founder of the Butler Seminar on Religion and Global Civilization, Valliere is also a noted scholar of Russian Orthodox Christianity.
Patrick Michelson is an assistant professor of religious studies at Indiana University in Bloomington, and an intellectual historian of Russian Orthodox Christian thought.
Faith and Academic Freedom in Higher Education
Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014
Since 1915 the American Association of University Professors has promoted standards of academic freedom at U.S. colleges and universities. The association has encouraged protection for faculty at religiously affiliated schools whose research, teaching or other public speech is at odds with the religious principles of their schools. This session will explore the intersection of the academic freedom of professors and the religious identity of their academic institutions.
Mary Burgan is an emeritus professor of English at Indiana University. A scholar of Victorian literature, she taught for 30 years at IU, leaving in 1994 to become General Secretary of the American Association of University Professors. She retired from that position in July 2004 and completed a book based upon her years in higher education entitled What Ever Happened to the Faculty? Drift and Decision in Higher Education, The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2006.
Steve Sanders is an associate professor at the Indiana University Maurer School of Law in Bloomington. His research and teaching focus on constitutional law, sexuality and the law, and academic freedom issues.
Peter Enns is a theologian and biblical scholar in wisdom literature and the Old Testament. A former professor at Westminster Theological Seminary, he now teaches at Eastern University in Pennsylvania.