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The Global Challenge of Religious Freedom

March 5, 2021 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Although religious freedom is widely touted as a fundamental human right, debates churn on about what it ought to look like, how it should be achieved, and what its limitations should be. This seminar will examine religious freedom within a global context, teasing out some of the challenges that complicate the quest for this ideal. How does the policing of religion intersect with culture, race, and nationalism? What does it mean for a state to be truly secular, and is this a necessary prerequisite for religious freedom? What impact do religious protections have on the non-religious? Join our speakers as they explore case studies in religious freedom on a global stage.



Friday, March 5 at 5:00 pm

The Secular State and Its Discontents: A History of Religious Freedom in France
Maximilian P. Owre, Teaching Assistant Professor of History and Executive Director, Carolina Public Humanities

Friday, March 5 at 6:45 pm

China as Defender of the Faith? Power, Rhetoric, Islam, and Uyghur “Rights” in the PRC
Arianne Ekinci, Lecturer in History

Saturday, March 6 at 9:30 am

One Nation Under God: Freedom of, for, and from Religion in America
Joanna Sierks Smith, Associate Director for State Outreach and Strategic Partnerships, Carolina Public Humanities

Saturday, March 6 at 11:00 am

What Role Should Religion Play in Modern Multicultural Communities?
A panel discussion with our speakers



This webinar is a virtual event. Tuition is $50, which includes “admission” to the webinar in real time (with live Q&A) as well as access to the recorded talks to watch at your leisure for up to 2 weeks after posting. Registrants will receive instructions for accessing the event online the morning of March 5.

**Save money by purchasing a season pass to all 5 spring webinars for only $175 ($150 for GAA members).**


Register here or call us at 919.962.1544.

Online registration closes at midnight the night before the event. For same-day registration, please call our office at 919.962.1544.

Co-Sponsored by the General Alumni Association.

For information about GAA discounts and other scholarships available to Humanities Program participants, click here.

Tuition is complimentary for any currently teaching, full time K-12 teachers. If you are eligible, click here to register. Complimentary teacher registration closes one hour before the start of the event.


March 5, 2021
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm