2005 Politics and Religion: Global and American Perspectives

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Nearly 300 people attended the Center’s third annual public policy summit, which was held on April 11 2005. This year’s theme was “Politics and Religion: Global and American Perspectives.” There were two sessions at this year’s policy summit; a luncheon session and an evening session.

Barbara Ferrara made opening remarks at the luncheon session which featured keynote speaker Dr. Pippa Norris, McGuire Lecturer in Comparative Politics at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Her presentation was entitled “A World Divided – Sacred and Secular Values.” Richard Schuldt, UIS’ Director of the Survey Research Office presented findings on a statewide survey on “Morality, Public Opinion and Public Policy in Illinois.” Dr. Stephen Schwark, UIS professor of Political Studies, served as moderator, while Dr. Christopher Mooney, UIS professor of Political Studies, gave a response to Norris’ presentation. The luncheon was held in PAC Conference Room C/D and attended by 125.

Dr. Norris is the author of several books, including Sacred and Secular: Religion and Politics Worldwide, Gender Equality and Cultural Change Around the Globe, Digital Divide: Civic Engagement, Information Poverty and the Internet Worldwide. Her latest book is scheduled for publication in fall 2005, entitled Radical Right: Voters and Parties in the Electoral Market.

Dr. Norris has served as an expert consultant for many international bodies including the UN, UNESCO, the Council of Europe, and the National Endowment for Democracy. Her work has been published in more than a dozen languages and appeared in numerous international journals. She co-founded the Harvard International Journal of Press/Politics. She has served on the Council of the American Political Science Association and as Executive of the International Political Science Association. She was President of the Women and Politics Research Group of the American Political Science Association. She holds masters and doctoral degrees in Politics from the London School of Economics.

The evening session in the Studio Theatre featured guest speaker Dr. James Morone, Professor of Political Science at Brown University. His presentation was entitled “Hellfire Nation – Moral Values in American Politics.” Dr. Morone began his presentation by pulling up his pant leg and showing the audience his “hellfire socks” that were black with red and gold flames!

Dr. Morone is the author of numerous books, including Hellfire Nation: The Politics of Sin in American History, and Democratic Wish: Popular Participation and the Limits of American Government. His book, Hellfire Nation was named book of the month by the History News Network, selected a top ten book of the year by Christianity Today and has been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. He co-edited The Politics of Health Care Reform and Healthy, Wealthy and Fair. He has written over 100 essays on politics, history and social policy. The Brown University classes of 1993, 1999 and 2001 voted him the teacher that most inspired them.

Following his presentation attended by 160, Dr. Morone graciously made himself available to sign copies of his book, Hellfire Nation: The Politics of Sin in American History. A dessert reception followed his presentation.

The event was Webcast live the day of the events and is available on Video On Demand.