The intersection of religious belief with reproductive rights, environmental concerns, foreign policy and other global issues will be among topics discussed as Washington University in St. Louis and the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting host a daylong public forum Monday, April 25.
Free and open to the public, "Religion in the Public Sphere: Case Studies in Hope and Stress" runs from 9 a.m. until 7:30 p.m., in the Ann W. Olin Women's Building Formal Lounge on the Danforth Campus.
The program, which includes presentations by prominent scholars, journalists and government officials, opens with remarks by Pulitzer Center Executive Director Jon Sawyer, and sociocultural anthropologist John Bowen, the Dunbar-Van Cleve Professor in Arts & Sciences.
Other Washington University faculty and administrators participating include Provost Holden Thorp; Marie Griffith, the John C. Danforth Distinguished Professor in the Humanities and director of the Danforth Center on Religion and Politics; and James V. Wertsch, vice chancellor for international affairs and director of the McDonnell International Scholars Academy.
Before starting the Pulitzer Center in 2006, Sawyer worked for 31 years at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, retiring from the paper as chief of the DC Bureau. Bowen, an expert on Islam in the Western World, worked with the Pulitzer Center in 2015 on a project titled "Mapping Muslim Trajectories in Four European Cities."
Bowen's panel discussion on the Muslim experience in Europe, America and beyond includes two additional Washington University participants, Sherria Ayuandini, an anthropology graduate student, and Maryam Kashani, a postdoctoral research associate at the Danforth Center.
A detailed agenda of panel topics and presenters is available online at the Pulitzer Center website. Space is limited and registration is required. Lunch will be served and participants are encouraged to stay for the entire program. To register for the event, visit Eventbrite.