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June 3rd4th 2011

Conference on Spirituality, Political Engagement, and Public Life

Building on a wide swath of recent scholarship, the SSRC conference on Spirituality, Political Engagement, and Public Life explores the institutions and traditions that construct spiritual activities and identities, and it considers their relations to systems and patterns of political participation and public engagement in the contemporary United States. Invited papers addressed questions of spirituality in politics, culture, and the media as well as the meaning of the "public sphere" and civil religion, while other topics were taken up during multidisciplinary panel discussions in which leading scholars assessed the current state of the study of spirituality in their respective fields.

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Location: Lindsay Rogers Common Room, Columbia University