2019-2020 Weekly Convocations

The weekly convocation series is a shared campus experience that brings students, faculty, and staff together for one hour for a lecture or presentation from specialists in a variety of fields.  The goal of the convocation series is to stimulate thought and conversation on a wide range of subjects. Convocations are open to the public and free of charge.

Jan 18

Convocation: Shaun Casey

Former head of the State Department’s Office of Religion and Global Affairs, Shaun Casey examines ethics and international diplomacy.

Friday, January 18th, 2019
10:50 – 11:50 am / Skinner Chapel
Shaun Casey Convocation

Shaun Casey is the former head of the U.S. State Department’s Office of Religion and Global Affairs, where he was charged by Secretary of State John Kerry to create an office to analyze the role of religion in the area of diplomacy.  While Foreign Service officers are multilingual, and they understand politics, history and economics, when it came to religion they would often get paralyzed.  Casey worked to increase the capacity of the State Department around the world to sense religious dynamics, and revolutionized the way Foreign Service officers approached religion in the field.  Casey is now at Georgetown University as director of the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs – an academic research center that ultimately seeks to effect change by training a new generation of leaders in their approach to global issues of peace, poverty, and human rights.  He has written on the ethics of the war in Iraq, as well as the role of religion in American presidential politics.  Casey will examine ethics, international politics, and diplomacy in order to answer the question, “Can Government and Religion Build Peace Together?”

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