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The Henry Symposium on Religion and Public Life is held biennially at the Prince Conference Center on the campus of Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The purposes of the Symposium are to provide opportunities to share current research, foster personal and professional networks, facilitate joint research endeavors, and learn about research opportunities in the field. Attendance at the Symposium is open to anyone interested in the intersection of religion and public life.

symposium5The three day event includes roundtables and panels on a wide variety of topics. The Symposium also often includes special evening lectures by prominent thinkers and practitioners.

The next Symposium on Religion and Public Life will be held April 25-27, 2019 at the Prince Conference Center on the Calvin College campus.


Tenth Biennial Henry Symposium on Religion and Public Life

April 25-27, 2019

The Paul B. Henry Institute will hold its tenth biennial Symposium on Religion and Public Life from April 25-27, 2019, at the Prince Conference Center on the campus of Calvin College. The Symposium provides opportunities to present research, foster personal and professional collaboration, and learn from thoughtful practitioners. Symposium attendance is open to anyone interested in the intersection of religion and public life. We invite you to join us at the Symposium and in Grand Rapids and west Michigan, both hot-spots to visit, with a vibrant art scene, brewery culture, and lakeshore attractions.

THEMES AND SPECIAL EVENTS

While the Symposium is open to all topics about religion and public life, we will have one track of panels focused on a unifying theme: "Populism or Internationalism? Religious Responses to Globalization." As always, the Symposium will feature the annual Kuyper Lecture, as well as a variation on the Henry Lecture, which this year will be a roundtable discussion on faith, democracy, and journalism led by Michael McCurry (Press Secretary, Clinton administration) and including Elizabeth Dias (New York Times), Emma Green (The Atlantic), Amy Sullivan (author of The Party Faithful), and Ken Woodward (former Newsweek reporter and author of Getting Religion). We'll also welcome Michele Margolis to discuss her pathbreaking book From Politics to the Pews, among other panels on rights-based religious movements, faith and the Democratic party, the future of religion and conservatism, and much more. The Henry Symposium will be preceded by the Kuyper Conference, which will also be held at the Prince Conference Center.

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Past Programs

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