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Seventh Biennial
Symposium on Religion and Public Life

April 25-27, 2013

The Paul B. Henry Institute will hold its seventh biennial Symposium on Religion and Public Life from April 25 – 27, 2013 at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The purpose of this regular event is to provide opportunities to present current research, to foster personal and professional networks, to facilitate joint research endeavors, and to learn about research opportunities in the field. Symposium attendance is open to anyone interested in the intersection of religion and public life. The program will be held at the Prince Conference Center on the Calvin College campus.

An Invitation to Attend the Symposium

The Symposium will include the presentation of papers and research by both scholars and graduate students across disciplines on topics that involve the relationship between religion and public life, including political theory, international relations, public policy, political history, politics, electoral politics, public law, or the sociology of religion, and more. Nearly 30 panels will be scheduled during the Symposium. 

Three special opportunities will correspond with the Henry Symposium this year: the annual Kuyper Lecture, sponsored by the Center for Public Justice, will be on Thursday evening, April 25 at 7:30 p.m.  Dr. Stanley Carlson-Thies, founder and President of the Institutional Religious Freedom Alliance, will be the featured speaker, discussing “Prohibiting the Free Exercise Thereof: The Affordable Care Act and Other Threats to Institutional Religious Freedom.”  On Friday evening (April 26) at 7:30 p.m., Dr. Corwin Smidt will give the annual Paul Henry Lecture, speaking on “What Does the Lord Require? The Grounds for Christian Civility in Politics.”  Smidt retired as the long-time Director of the Henry Institute in 2012 and has worked extensively to enrich the understanding of religion and politics, including religion and civil society, electoral politics, and clergy and politics.  Throughout the Symposium, works completed as part of the Henry Institute “Visualizing Public Life” project will be on display, showing student-generated visualizations of faith in the public sphere.  Interested individuals may attend all three of these special events at no charge.

Registration Information

Registration forms and information are available at the Henry Institute website.  The registration fee of $75 includes all Symposium panel sessions and refreshment breaks, post-lecture receptions on April 25 and 26, lunch on April 26 and 27, and dinner on April 26. 

Symposium Registration Form:     [MSWord format]     [pdf format]

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