Apr
27
Thu
Indonesia: roundtable discussion @ Newseum's Religious Freedom Center
Apr 27 @ 11:15 am – 2:00 pm
Indonesia: roundtable discussion @ Newseum's Religious Freedom Center | Washington | District of Columbia | United States

Why the world’s most populous Muslim country, which is not an Islamic State, could be a model for the Muslim world

In a recent study conducted by the World Economic Forum, Indonesia will have the world’s 5th largest economy by 2050, making it the world’s richest Muslim-majority. Now is the time to look at how and why this – the world’s most populous Muslim country (which is not an Islamic State) – could be a model for the Muslim world.

During this roundtable discussion with a delegation of senior Indonesian leaders, hosted by the Religious Freedom & Business Foundation and Indonesia’s Leimena Institute at the Religious Freedom Center of the Newseum Institute. 

The delegation is traveling to various capital cities meeting with key people who care about religious freedom, democracy, toleration, and respect for human rights. They are exploring how the Indonesian model might be a counternarrative to what is getting exported into their country and around the world from groups like ISIS.

Nov
17
Fri
Practical Skills for the Public Scholar @ Boston, Massachusetts | The 2017 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion
Nov 17 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Practical Skills for the Public Scholar @ Boston, Massachusetts | The 2017 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion | Boston | Massachusetts | United States

In this extraordinary time of political and social unrest, scholars of religion are frequently called upon – or feel compelled – to share their knowledge and perspective with those outside the academy. In this role as public scholars, they may speak with journalists, write for a broad audience, engage with policymakers or elected officials, meet with religious communities or local schools, or more. At this workshop, participants will work with professionals from government, the media, advocacy groups and others in a series of case studies, simulations, and conversations designed to hone the practical skills of the public scholar.

In this three-hour workshop, participants will be given the opportunity participate in two practically-focussed sessions of 80 minutes each, following a short introductory session. A range of professionals has been invited to facilitate 5 sessions.

When you sign up for the workshop please email Steve Herrick (sherrick@aarweb.org) to indicate your preferences for sessions (label them 1-5, with 1 for the most preferred). There are 10 spaces per session and each session will run twice during the afternoon.

  • Liz Kineke, CBS, How to Respond to Requests for Information from Journalists
  • Vanessa Zoltan, Harvard University, Learning How to Speak for Camera and Radio
  • Simran Jeet Singh, Trinity University, The Effective Use of Social Media
  • Susan Brooks Thistlewaite, Chicago Theological Seminary, Writing for the Internet
  • Evan Berry, American University, Bridging the Gap between Policy and Academic Research

This program is being presided over by Professor Emma Tomalin from the University of Leeds and Benjamin P Marcus, Religious Freedom Center of the Newseum Institute.

This program is a part of the Public Scholars Project, which is co-sponsored by the AAR Committee on the Public Understanding of Religion and the Religious Freedom Center of the Newseum Institute.