Wednesday, August 3, 2022

5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. ET (US) | Reception

6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. ET (US) | Program

1050 Rooms Jenkins Nanovic | Zoom Webinar

In August, just over two decades after the 9/11 terrorist attacks and the sex abuse scandal in the Catholic Archdiocese of Boston, a group of scholars, journalists and religious leaders will visit campus. They will convene a workshop reshaping the public conversation about religion. Their meeting will focus on the role of religion in preserving memories of past violence as well as memories of healing and rebuilding after the worst.

How should scholars, religious leaders and journalists remind the public of traumatic events involving religion for decades? Are we ready to start revising these stories in light of more recent events – for example, the US withdrawal from Afghanistan, new reports of abuse of Christian denominations, fallout from mass shootings or the repeal of Roe vs. Wade? How can remembering past disasters inspire us to act on behalf of today’s victims and prevent future violence? And, while righting wrongs, how can we avoid losing sight of the abundant good that flows into the world through religion?

Faith seems to be increasingly in the national conversation, but are there better ways to talk about it? Why are some stories never forgotten and others never broadcast? In this discussion, several of our workshop participants share with us what they have discerned as we continue to commemorate our losses and make amends for our mistakes.

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Scott Appleby

Dr. Scott Appleby
Marilyn KeoughDean
Keough School of Global Affairs

Nichole Flores

Dr. Nichole M. Flores
Associate Professor of Religious Studies
University of Virginia

Bilal Malik

Imam Bilal Malik
Islamic Center of Northeast Florida
Jacksonville, Florida

Brendan Mccallister2

Brendan McAllister
Former Director of Mediation, Northern Ireland
Former Victims Commissioner for Northern Ireland

Bob Smietana

Bob Smietana
National Religion Writer

Religious News Service

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