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Upcoming Events

The Institute is arranging an exciting set of programs for the Fall of 2016 and Spring of 2017. Tentative events include the following. Please stay tuned for further details. 

 

Upcoming Events:

 

I) March 1; Michael Hendrix, US Chamber of Commerce 11:30 in Sophie Kerr Room: The Moral Imperative of Economic Growth 

II) March 6: 6:30 in Litrenta Siri Terjensen, American University, “Entrepreneurship and Freedom”  

III) March 8 at 5:30, “My Knife as an International Lawyer in Saudi Arabia” Ron Liebman, former head of international litigation, Patton Boggs

The Institute for Religion, Politics and Culture presents a major new series “Faith and…”

IV) Faith and Leadership, Wednesday, March 22nd 6pm Litrenta: Al Sikes, former head of the FCC

V) Faith, Politics and the Ivory Tower: Conservatives and Higher Education, Friday, March 24th 5pm Litrenta: Josh Dunn, Director Center for the Study of Government and the Individual, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs 

VI) Faith and Science, Thursday, April 6th 7pm Litrenta: JP Moreland, Talbot School of Theology Biola University 

VII) Faith, Law and Liberty, Wednesday, April 12th 7:30pm Litrenta Shannon Holzer, award winning author and scholar 

VIII) Faith and the Emotions, Tuesday, April 18th 6:30pm Litrenta James K.A. Smith, Gary and Henrietta Byker Chair in Applied Reformed Theology and Worldview, Calvin Collee 

IX) Faith and Music, Wednesday, May 2nd 6pm Hynson Lounge: Andrew Balio, Principal Trumpet, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and Director The Future Symphony Orchestra  

 Past Events:

 

Fall 2016

Religion and Leadership Week: two events

I) October 10th Religion and Leadership: First Part of Religion and Leadership Week

II) October 24th “Student Workshop and Public Address, Laura Carno, author of the new work Government Ruins Nearly Everything: Reclaiming Social Issues from Uncivil Servants 

III) October 27 Higher Education and the 2016 Presidential Election: Assessing the Call for Publicly Financed Higher Education

IV) November 21 The Roots on Religion in Human Nature: Anthropological Reflections

 V) January 23 “Religion and Culture,” An address by Sir Roger Scruton, world renowned philosopher and social theorist. 

 

SPRING 2016

 Feb 3 at 7:30pm, in Litrenta, Naomi Riley, “How Churches are Winning Millennials Back,” in Litrenta Hall.

Feb 16 at 5:30pm, Tim Shah, Georgetown University, “The Persecution of Christians in the Middle East,” in Hynson Room of Hodson Hall.

March 8 at 6pm, Anne Bradley, Institute for Faith, Work and Economics, “Religious Freedom and Economic Freedom,” in Hynson room of Hodson Hall.

April 13 at 5:30pm, Gary Schiff, “Jews in European History,” Hynson Room of Hodson Hall 

April 18 at 6pm, Todd Huizinga, Acton Institute, “Comparing Religion, Politics and Culture in the United States and Europe Today,” in Hynson Room of Hodson Hall.

April 21 at 6pm, JP Moreland, Biola University, Philosophical Theology, in Hynson Room of Hodson Hall. POSTPONED

April 25 at 6pm, John Borelli, US Conference of Catholic Bishops, Nostra Aetate at 50: Jewish-Catholic Relations RESCHEDULED FROM THE FALL. In Hynson Room of Hodson Hall.

May 3 at 6pm, Duncan Stroik, Professor of Architecture, the University of Notre Dame, “The Biblical Foundations of Sacred Architecture,” in Hynson Room of Hodson Hall 

 

 

FALL 2015

October 2-9, 2015: Fourth Annual International Conference, LaSalle College, Manila, Philippines. This conference will explore the history and present role of religion in Asia with a special focus on interfaith relations and religion’s contributions to economic and political development. Two Washington College faculty (Joseph Prud’homme and Tahir Shad) and four Washington College undergraduates  (Ethan Trucker, Alexandra Green, Shana Brouder and Katherine Wellington) will join over 40 students and faculty from around the world for this conference, which is conducted in partnership with Creative Learning and LaSalle College of St. Benilde in Manila. 

      

October 19-26, 2015: The Institute for Religion, Politics and Culture at Washington College will sponsor Religious Liberty Week from October 19 through 26.This week-long set of conversations, guest speakers, and educational field trips will examine religious freedom in the United States and worldwide.

 

-October 21, 2015: Lecture by Roger Trigg, Professor of Philosophy at University of Oxford, “Why Religious Liberty Matters.”

 

Time and Location: 6:30pm, Litrenta Hall, located on Washington College campus, Toll building. [300 Washington Ave., Chestertown, MD 21620]

 

-October 23,2015: A free trip to Mount Vernon for tour and lecture by senior scholar Mary Thompson on religious freedom in the life and thought of George Washington; followed by a meeting with the Commissioners and senior staff of the United States Congressional Commission on International Religious Freedom; meeting on Capitol Hill.

Time and Location: Leaving Washington College for Mount
Vernon at 8:45 AM.

 

November 10, 2015: A special lecture addressing Creativity, Faith, and a Free Society by Dr. Art Lindsley of the Institute for Faith, Work and Economics.

Time and Location: 6:30pm, Hynson Lounge, located on Washington College campus, attached to Hodson Hall.

 

November 18, 2015: Sponsor a free public lecture by Becki Grey, Vice President and Resident Scholar of The John Locke Foundation. Her talk is entitled “The Importance of Private Charities for the Public Good.”

Time and Location: 6:00pm, Hynson Lounge, located on Washington College campus, attached to Hodson Hall.

 

December 1-3, 2015:  The Institute for Religion, Politics and Culture at Washington College will sponsor a week-long set of discussions and guest speakers on the topic: The Future of Religion in the West.

 


-December 1,2015: A free public lecture by Professor Robin Gibbons, Department of Theology at the University of Oxford. His talk is entitled “Eastern Christianity and its Relevance for the West in a Secularizing Age.”

Time and Place: 6:00pm, Hynson Lounge on the Washington College campus, attached to Hodson

 

-December 2,2015: A public presentation of the research of the Oxford Research Seminar students from summer 2015.

Time and Place: 6:00pm, The Washington College campus.

 

-December 3,2015: Ross Douthat, New York Times columnist, will explore  “The Future of Christianity in America.”

Time and Place: 6:30pm, Hynson Lounge on the Washington College campus, attached to Hodson

 

Fall, 2015: Biannual Saturday Seminar over Lunch: 20 students will meet for lunch and discuss the role of arts and creative expression in a free society and the nexus between artistic freedom and religious freedom.

Time and Place: Meeting at Lemon Leaf from 11-4, day to be announced  

 

 

SPRING 2015

February 5, 2015: Was Benghazi The Inevitable Result of a Broader Failed Foreign Policy?” by Christine Dolan, former chief of political reporting at CNN. Free and open to the public!

Time and Location: 6:30pm,Hynson Lounge, located on Washington College campus, attached to Hodson Hall. [300 Washington Ave., Chestertown, MD 21620]

 

March 5, 2015: Panel discussion on Immigration, joint  discussion with several other Washington College sponsors.

Time and Location: 6:00pm, Hynson Lounge, located on Washington College campus, attached to Hodson Hall. [300 Washington Ave., Chestertown, MD 21620]

 

March 20, 2015: Workshop for up to 20 interested students on the relationship between the early development of capitalism and religion. Professor Stephen Strehle of Christopher Newport University will lead the seminar. 

Time and Location: 5:00pm, Sophie Kerr room, located on Washington College campus, upstairs in the Miller library.

 

March 24, 2015: Co-sponsored with the pre-law program and the minor in JLS: a panel discussion on recent trends in law. Line up and focus still under development but will include Barbara Maddox and Jim Carl.

Time and Location: 5:00pm, Sophie Kerr room, located on Washington College campus, upstairs in the Miller library.

 

March 27, 2015:  An event postponed from the fall. Prof. Ian Boxall, Catholic University of America: “The Interpretative Traditions of the Book of Revelations”

Time and Location: 4:30pm, Sophie Kerr room, located on Washington College campus, upstairs in the Miller library.

 

April 14, 2015: Jason Brennon, Georgetown University, Departments of Philosophy and Economics.

 

April 22, 2015: Event with Steve Scheck