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Religious and ethnic nationalisms are resurgent in democracies around the world. How does the media cover these movements? Does its focus on conflict and violence further fuel and intensify civic strife? Are there other stories about religion and democratic culture that should be told?
Peter Beinart, contributing editor at The Atlantic and professor of journalism and political science at the City University of New York, will join moderators John Carlson (Center for the Study of Religion and Conflict) and Kristin Gilger (Cronkite School) for a discussion of these issues, speaking to how he addresses them through a comparative approach.
Peter Beinart is professor of journalism and political science at the City University of New York and contributing editor to The Atlantic. He is also a senior columnist at The Forward, political commentator at CNN, and a non-resident fellow at The Foundation for Middle East Peace.
Beinart is the author of two books on the history of American foreign policy, The Good Fight (2006) and The Icarus Syndrome (2010) that have been lauded by critics and foreign policy experts including Fareed Zakaria, Jon Meacham, and Steven Coll. His third book, The Crisis of Zionism (2012), was called “brave and important” by Anne Marie Slaughter, president of the New America Foundation.
In addition to The Atlantic, Beinart has also written for the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, the Boston Globe, Newsweek, Slate, Reader’s Digest, Die Zeit, and Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. He lectures frequently around the country and has appeared on a variety of news and commentary shows, including “This Week with George Stephanopoulos” and “Meet the Press.”
Co-sponsored by the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication
This event is supported in part by a grant from the Luce/ACLS Program in Religion, Journalism, and International Affairs for a project "Religion, Journalism, and Democracy: Strengthening Vital Institutions of Civil Society"
On the first anniversary of Trump’s presidency, join us as Peter Wehner & Melissa Rogers, two former White House officials, reflect on the changing patterns of religious influence on U.S. culture & politics.
The presidency of Donald Trump has altered the American political landscape and the religious contours that shape it. While the nation’s “culture wars” have long divided Americans over abortion, gay marriage, and other hot button issues, the country now faces even deeper divides that are fracturing a cultural consensus once taken for granted. Some religious minorities have become targets of recent attack, while other religious groups have used their majority status to reinforce tribalism, nativism, and “identitarian” politics. Such trends challenge other roles that religious actors and ideas have played holding the nation and its leaders accountable, including a long history of civic engagement by many religious groups who have contributed vitally to the pursuit of freedom, justice, and democracy.
Reflecting on the first year of the Trump presidency, this event will feature Peter Wehner and Melissa Rogers, two former White House officials, who will explore how past administrations have understood the role religion plays in American society and how government officials have interpreted and facilitated that role in the executive branch. On the first anniversary of the Trump presidency, they will also discuss recent religious dynamics in the nation’s political life and consider what constructive role religion might yet play to bridge the deep divisions within the country.
Peter Wehner is a Senior Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center and the director of EPPC’s Faith Angle Forum. He writes widely on political, cultural, religious, and national-security issues. In 2015 he was named a contributing opinion writer for the New York Times, and has also written for the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, The Atlantic, Christianity Today, Time magazine as well as appearing on Fox News, CNN, and MSNBC. Mr. Wehner served in the Reagan and George H.W. Bush Administrations prior to becoming deputy director of speechwriting for President George W. Bush. He was also a senior adviser to the Romney-Ryan 2012 presidential campaign. Mr. Wehner is author of City of Man: Religion and Politics in a New Era (co-authored with Michael J. Gerson) and Wealth and Justice: The Morality of Democratic Capitalism (co-authored with Arthur C. Brooks).
Melissa Rogers is a nonresident senior fellow in Governance Studies at The Brookings Institution. During the Obama administration, Rogers served as special assistant to the president and executive director of the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships. She previously served as chair of the inaugural Advisory Council on Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships. Prior to that she was director of the Center for Religion and Public Affairs at Wake Forest University Divinity School. Rogers has also served as executive director of the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life and general counsel of the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty. Her area of expertise includes the First Amendment's religion clauses, religion in American public life, and the interplay of religion, policy, and politics. She has co-authored a case book on religion and law entitled Religious Freedom and the Supreme Court (Baylor University Press, 2008). She holds a J.D. from University of Pennsylvania Law School and a B.A. from Baylor University.
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