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Religion and Public Life:  Why be Afraid?

A Colorado College Symposium
October 18-21, 2006

All events are free and open to the public.

Providing opportunities to consider, discuss, and debate the various ways that religion and our public life interact and influence one another.

Program Agenda

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Wednesday, October 18

11 a.m. – Packard Hall

If We Want to Have a Good Fight, We Need a Ring Streaming audioDownload MP3

Michael Brooks, director of Hillel, University of Michigan

3:30 p.m. – Shove Chapel

Ted HaggardPhil WogamanAdvising Presidents: Role of Religious Leaders in PoliticsStreaming audioDownload MP3

Phil Wogaman, past president, Interfaith Alliance; religious advisor to former President Bill Clinton
Ted Haggard, president, National Association of Evangelicals; senior pastor, New Life Church, Colorado Springs; religious advisor to President George W. Bush

*NOTE: Ted Haggard has canceled due to an emergency. Haggard has asked "God's Politics" author Jim Wallis to speak in his place.

7:30 p.m. – Shove Chapel

Jim WallisO’Connor Lecture – God's Politics Streaming audioDownload MP3

The Rev. Jim Wallis, author, God’s Politics: Why the Right Gets It Wrong and the Left Doesn’t Get It
Rev. Wallis will be signing copies of his book in Shove Chapel after the lecture.

Thursday, October 19

12 p.m. – Bemis Great Hall

Laurie ZolothJane Lubchenco '69Suzanne HollandReligion and Public Life: Issues in Science Streaming audioDownload MP3

Suzanne Holland, author, Beyond Cloning; associate professor, University of Puget Sound
Jane Lubchenco ’69, professor of marine biology, Oregon State University
Laurie Zoloth, professor of medical humanities and bioethics and professor of religion, Northwestern University

3:30 p.m. – Gaylord Hall

Amy SullivanLinell CadyPublic Interest and Private Lives: Religion’s Place in America Today Streaming audioDownload MP3

Linell Cady, professor, Arizona State University
Amy Sullivan, opinion journalist and former editor, Washington Monthly

7:30 p.m. – Shove Chapel

Gary HartKeynote Lecture – God and Caesar in America Streaming audioDownload MP3

Gary Hart, author, God and Caesar in America: An Essay on Religion and Politics; past presidential candidate

Friday, October 20

1 p.m. – Gates Common Room

Robert BellahThe Place of Religion in a Democratic Society Streaming audioDownload MP3

Robert Bellah, Elliott Professor of Sociology, emeritus, University of California, Berkeley; author/editor, Habits of the Heart: Individualism and Commitment in American Life;  The Broken Covenant: American Civil Religion in Time of Trial; and Beyond Belief: Essays on Religion in a Post-Traditional World

3:30 p.m. – Gaylord Hall

Liyakat TakimGeorge "Tink" TinkerThe Religious Other in AmericaStreaming audioDownload MP3

George "Tink" Tinker, professor, Iliff School of Theology
Liyakat Takim, associate professor, University of Denver

7:30 p.m. – Shove Chapel

Amber TafoyaSulak SivaraksaVincent HardingThe Role of Religion in Struggles for Expansion of Democracy Streaming audioDownload MP3

Vincent Harding, friend and co-worker of Dr. Martin Luther King; co-founder and director, Veterans of Hope Project
Sulak Sivaraksa, founder, International Network of Engaged Buddhists; 1995 recipient of the Alternative Nobel Prize
Amber Tafoya, supervising attorney, Center for Immigrant and Community Integration Legal Services Office, Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Pueblo, Colorado

Saturday, October 21

2 p.m. – Gaylord Hall

Vincent MillerReligion and Public Life in an Age of the iPods, Cell Phones, and Blogs: Reasons for Fear and Hope Streaming audioDownload MP3

Vincent Miller, associate professor and Catholic theologian, Georgetown University; author of Consuming Religion: Christian Faith and Practice in a Consumer Culture

7:30 p.m. – Shove Chapel

Tissa HamiPerformance Event

Tissa Hami, comedian

sponsored by Colorado College Great Performers and Ideas


The college is grateful to the Greenberg Center for Learning and Tolerance, Thomas Alan Kay Fund for the Department of Religion, McHugh Family Distinguished Chair in American Institutions and Leadership, Paul Sheffer Memorial Fund, the Daniel Patrick O'Connor Memorial Lecture Endowed Fund, the college's chaplains' and president's offices, and various academic departments for their generous support.

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