The 2013 Roger Williams University Religion and State Conference: "Narrative and Negotiation: Agency, Religion and the State" will take place Friday, April 12 to Sunday, April 14, in the RWU School of Law, 10 Metacom Ave., Bristol.
This year’s theme focuses on emerging stories of engagement, struggle and dialogue between individuals, groups, and states. The core ideas and theories in this conference seek to span various continents and peoples working from the principles of Roger Williams in regards to secular engagement and individual voice.
This year's conference highlights a number of scholars presenting on an array of topics from 19th century American society to church and state relations in the Middle East — and everything in between.
The featured keynote speakers are Steven Green, law professor and adjunct history professor at Willamette University in Salem, Ore., and author of "The Bible, the School, and the Constitution: The Clash that Shaped Modern Church-State Doctrine," "The Second Disestablishment: Church and State in the Nineteenth Century," as well as over 30 scholarly articles on religion, history and the law; and Ivan Petrella, Ph.D., academic director of Fundacion Pensar, a public-policy think tank in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and author "The Future of Liberation Theology: an Argument and Manifesto," "Beyond Liberation Theology: a Polemic," in addition to a number of others books.
The conference begins Friday, April 12, at 9:00 a.m. and concludes with the closing panel on Sunday, April 14, at 9:00 a.m. Registration is $100 and must be submitted by Wednesday, March 20. The conference will be open to walk-in attendees but meals will not be available to walk-in guests. Please visit http://rwu.edu/academics/conferences/religion-and-state for more information and a conference schedule.