Week Six :: August 1–8

Interfaith Lecture Theme :: Lessons in the School House

More than 55 years after the Supreme Court issued its landmark ruling striking down school-sponsored prayer, Americans continue to resist representations of religion in public schools. The future of a thriving nation, however, resides in the integrity of its people and, therefore, in the content of what its children are taught. Public schools are crucial not only for fostering careers and livelihoods, and for learning unto itself, but also for shaping the most “good-of-the-whole” consciousness in our citizens. In this week we will look at the importance of teaching both religious cultural literacy (as opposed to religion) as well as ethical literacy in our public schools for the purpose of creating an ethically and culturally-informed citizenry.

2 p.m. Lectures

Interfaith Lectures

2 p.m., Monday-Thursday, Hall of Philosophy

The Interfaith Lecture Series is designed to present issues that impact the lived experience of everyday life from theological, religious, spiritual, ethical, and humanitarian perspectives.


  • Monday, August 03, 2020 | 02:00pm

    Judy Beals

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    Judy Beals is the Associate Director of Harvard Divinity School’s Religious Literacy Project (RLP).

    Location: Hall of Philosophy


  • Tuesday, August 04, 2020 | 02:00pm

    Benjamin P. Marcus

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    Benjamin P. Marcus is the religious literacy specialist with the Religious Freedom Center of the Freedom Forum Institute, where he examines the intersection of education, religious literacy, and identity formation in the United States.

    Location: Hall of Philosophy


  • Wednesday, August 05, 2020 | 02:00pm

    Linda K. Wertheimer

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    Linda K. Wertheimer is the award-winning author of Faith Ed, Teaching about Religion in An Age of Intolerance (Beacon Press, 2015)She was a full-time journalist, including serving as The Boston Globe’s education editor and covering education for The Dallas Morning News and The Orlando Sentinel, for nearly 25 years.

    Location: Hall of Philosophy