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Religion, Politics and Policy: From the White House to the School House

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September 20, 2004

11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Opening lunch - Joint lunch with 12 editors from framing session and 25 WKC fellows.
    •  Rod Dreher, columnist, The Dallas Morning News
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    •  Amy Sullivan, editor, The Washington Monthly
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1:30 pm - 1:45 pm
Break

1:45 pm - 3:15 pm
Deconstructing the Newsroom Culture: What are our IQ and EQ when it comes to religion and politics?
    •  Judy Pace Christie, journalist
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    •  Rod Dreher, columnist, The Dallas Morning News
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    •  Chris Lehmann, features editor, New York Magazine
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    •  Krista Tippett, creator and host, Speaking of Faith
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3:15 pm - 3:30 pm
Break.

3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Religious Identity, Party Affiliation and Political Engagement: Understanding the "lay of the land" in American religion; and how these features of religion are connected to politics and policy, now and in the future.
    •  Mark Silk, director, Leonard E. Greenberg Center for the Study of Religion in Public Life, Trinity College
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    •  Steven Waldman, CEO, Beliefnet.com
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    •  Diane Winston, Knight Chair, media and religion, University of Southern California
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6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Watercourt A - Omni Hotel. Keynote reception and dinner.
    •  Jay T. Harris, Wallis Annenberg Chair in Journalism and Communication at USC, founding director, The Center for the Study of Journalism and Democracy

September 21, 2004

8:30 am - 10:00 am
Crocker Room - Omni Hotel. Historic context of "civic religion" in America
    •  Wade Clark Roof, director, Walter H. Capps Center for the Study of Ethics, Religion and Public Life, University of California, Santa Barbara
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10:00 am - 10:15 am
Break.

10:15 am - 12:15 pm
Understanding Religious Identity Politics - the Black, Hispanic, and Muslim Experience.
    •  Salam Al-Marayati, executive director, Muslim Public Affairs Council
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    •  Gaston Espinosa, assistant professor of religious studies, Claremont McKenna College
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    •  Melissa Harris-Lacewell, assistant professor of political science, University of Chicago
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12:15 pm - 1:00 pm
Lunch - Noe Terrace.

1:15 pm - 2:45 pm
Understanding the "Nones": Those who say they have no religious affiliation.
    •  Patricia O'Connell Killen, professor of American Religious History, Pacific Lutheran University
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    •  Mark A. Shibley, associate professor of sociology, Southern Oregon University
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2:45 pm - 3:00 pm
Break.

3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
With God on Our Side...How religious rhetoric plays out in political campaigns from the school board to the White House.
    •  David Domke, associate professor of communication department, University of Washington
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    •  Richard J. Mouw, president, Fuller Theological Seminary
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6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Governor's Room - Reception/Dinner

September 22, 2004

8:30 am - 10:30 am
Crocker Room - Omni Hotel. The First Amendment: Collision of two freedoms? From the Pledge of Allegiance to prayer in school to the lobby of state courthouse to the design of a city seal, how do we frame the issues?
    •  Stephen V. Monsma, research fellow, Henry Institute for Study of Religion and Politics, Calvin College
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    •  Melissa Rogers, visiting professor of religion and public policy, Wake Forest University Divinity School
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10:30 am - 10:45 am
Break.

10:45 am - 12:45 pm
Religion, Science and Public Policy: How should we frame public policy issues such as abortion, stem-cell research, creation theory and same-sex marriage?
    •  Jean Bethke Elshtain, Laura Spelman Rockefeller Professor of Social and Political Ethics, University of Chicago
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    •  John H. Evans, associate professor of Sociology, University of California, San Diego
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    •  Laurie Zoloth, professor of medical ethics and humanities, Northwestern University
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12:45 pm - 1:30 pm
Lunch - Noe Terrace.

1:45 pm - 3:45 pm
Religion and US Foreign Policy: New Constituencies and New Challenges.
"Evangelical Influences on U.S. Human Rights Policy"
"The Muslim World and the US: Changing Perceptions of American Identity and American Policy"
    •  Allen D. Hertzke, director of Religious Studies, University of Oklahoma
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    •  Timothy Samuel Shah, senior fellow in religion and international affairs, Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life
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    •  Thomas W. Simons, Jr., director, Program on Eurasia in Transition, Harvard University
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3:45 pm - 4:00 pm
Break.

4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Religion and International Security: The Challenge of Sub-Saharan Africa.
"Religion, Security, and Conflict in Sub-Saharan Africa"
"Religion, Media, and Violence in Nigeria and Uganda"
    •  Rosalind I. J. Hackett, professor, University of Tennessee
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    •  Pauletta Otis, senior fellow in religion and international affairs, Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life
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    •  Timothy Samuel Shah, senior fellow in religion and international affairs, Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life

September 23, 2004

8:30 am - 10:30 am
Crocker Room - Omni Hotel. Following the Money Trail: Political campaigns, tax-exempt protections and monitoring faith-based initiatives.
    •  Cheryl Phillips, investigative reporter, The Seattle (WA) Times
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    •  Sean P. Treglia, senior advisor, democracy initiatives, University of Southern California
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10:30 am - 10:45 am
Break.

10:45 am - 12:15 pm
Taking it Back to the Newsroom.

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Graduation Lunch - Noe Terrace.

 

 

 
What fellows have to say about past seminars:
"I'm extremely grateful for this opportunity to stop and think about the issues and stories we cover on a daily, hectic basis. I will take this back with me and share it with my colleagues in the newsroom. At a time of diminishing resources in our workplaces, this seminar and more like these are invaluable. "
- Bernadette Pardo, Noticias 23 Miami
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