Lecture to Address Religious Freedom and U.S. Foreign Policy

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Northwestern political scientist to deliver annual Holstein Lecture Feb. 24

By on February 20, 2015

RIVERSIDE, Calif. – Elizabeth Shakman Hurd, a scholar of the politics of religious diversity, international relations, and religion, will deliver the annual Holstein Lecture at UC Riverside on Tuesday, Feb. 24, at 4:15 p.m. Her topic is “Religious Freedom and U.S. Foreign Policy.”

The lecture will be in CHASS Interdisciplinary Building 1128. It is free and open to the public. Parking permits may be purchased at the kiosk on West Campus Drive at the University Avenue entrance to the campus. Registration is suggested and may be made by e-mailing ryan.mariano@ucr.edu.

The event is sponsored by the Holstein Family and Community Endowment and the UCR Department of Religious Studies.

Hurd is an associate professor of political science at Northwestern University, with a courtesy appointment in religious studies. She teaches and writes on the politics of religious diversity, international relations, human rights, law and religion, U.S. and European foreign relations, and the politics of the Middle East. She is interested in the ways in which the study of contemporary religion provides insights into current dilemmas in national and international politics involving difference, governance, power, law, and pluralism.

She is the author of “The Politics of Secularism in International Relations” (Princeton, 2008), which won the American Political Science Association’s Morken award for the best book in religion and politics published between 2008 and 2010. Her next book, “Beyond Religious Freedom: The New Global Politics of Religion,” will be published by Princeton University Press in 2015. Hers paper “The ‘Religious Offensive:’ The Politics of Religious Engagement” was recently co-awarded the 2014 Weber award for the best paper in religion and politics presented at the 2013 APSA meeting.

Hurd also serves as content consultant for a public radio series on “God and Government” which examines religion-state relations in 14 countries around the world. Her opinion pieces have appeared in The Boston Review, Public Culture, The Atlantic, Chicago Tribune, Foreign Policy, Al Jazeera English, Globe and Mail, and The Huffington Post.

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