In 2015, the center received educational grants from the British Council, Moment Magazine, Pulitzer Center, Religion Communicators Council and the Religious News Foundation. Together, these event partners supported the center in hosting public events about issues of religion and public life.
In previous years, the center co-sponsored events with and featured leaders from the American Civil Liberties Union, American Jewish Committee, the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty, Center for Inquiry, Christian Legal Society, Muslim Public Affairs Council, Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism and many other religious and civil liberty groups.
The Religious Freedom Center cosponsored the following events at the Newseum from April to July, 2015.
Three months before his death, Julian Bond (1940–2015) participated in a panel about the golden anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Moderated by journalist Steven V. Roberts, the program’s panel included former Congressman Barney Frank and Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton. The program featured an exhibit of the era’s iconic photographs and live music from the Selma March era.
A convention for national faith-based communication specialists, this event featured plenary speaker Rev. Dr. Joshua DuBois (left), author of The President’s Devotional: The Daily Readings that Inspired President Obama, and keynote presentations offered by Dr. Charles C. Haynes, vice president of the Newseum Institute and Dr. Stephen Prothero, author of the New York Times bestseller Religious Literacy: What Americans Need to Know—and Doesn’t.
Moderator Professor Linda Woodhead of Lancaster University, United Kingdom hosted a discussion about the role of religious freedom in foreign policy with panelists Dr. Katrina Lantos Swett (left), chair, U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom; Michael De Dora, director of public policy, Center for Inquiry and president of the United Nations NGO Committee on Freedom of Religion or Belief; Brian Pellot, director of global strategy; and Religion News Service’s Nina Shea, Esq, director of the Center for Religious Freedom at the Hudson Institute.
In a continuation of the series, “Faith, Freedom, Sexuality & Silence,” the Pulitzer Center and Arcus Foundation sponsored the Religious Freedom Center’s event, Shame: HIV/AIDS and the Church in Jamaica, featuring award-winning writer and poet Kwame Dawes (left) and photojournalist and filmmaker Andre Lambertson.