Symposium Recording

On Friday, February 21,2014, the RelSec project team at the University of Arizona convened four internationally recognized scholars to participate in a symposium on “Rethinking Secularism.”. Akeel Bilgrami (Professor of Philosophy, Columbia University), Dilip Gaonkar (Professor of Rhetoric and Communication, Northwestern University , Colin Jager (Associate Professor of English, Rutgers University), and Radha Radhakrishnan (Professor of English and Comparative Literature, UC Irvine) spoke on such topics as the religious basis of political radicalism, the secular personae of the author during the Rushdie affair, the shifting politics of Christian fundamentalism, and the dialectics of knowing and being secular. The day-long symposium was attended by scholars from across the university as well as community members.

RelSec is comprised of five partner sites situated in universities around the world. The participating centers conduct parallel research projects whose exact shape reflects the distinct missions of the centers and research profiles of the teams. All will include some combination of public presentations and events, faculty workshops, and/or curricular initiatives, such as the development of team-taught courses on secularism, religion, and political belonging.
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