FGI Intensive Summer Course Begins at McGill

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FGI Intensive Summer Course Begins at McGill

09 Jul 2012

Starting Monday 9th July 2012, the Tony Blair Faith Foundation is hosting an innovative and intensive academic summer course examining human rights and religious minorities with McGill University. The two week course held at McGill University, in Montreal, Canada brings together Faith and Globalisation Initiative students from our partner universities around the world.

Despite the importance of religious freedom within the human rights tradition, the rights of religious minorities have become subject to increasing political and legal struggle in modern societies. Scholars and public policy experts continue to seek solutions for the difficult challenges posed by religious diversity in societies and systems around the world. The course includes a series of lectures and panel discussions exploring contemporary issues, tensions and conflicts relating to the rights of religious minorities.

Students from the National University of Singapore, Peking University, the University of Western Australia, Yale University, and Tecnológico de Monterrey will study:

The historical evolution of the international conversation on religious minorities and human rights.The diverse contributions of the major world religions and their approaches to religious minorities.Contemporary legal, philosophical and theological debates on the relationship of religion, rights, and the law in democratic societies.This demanding summer course will equip future leaders, scholars, and policy makers to better understand attitudes towards religious faith in the 21st century. They will have an opportunity to contribute to and catlyse important research on key questions about faith in the modern world. Much of their work will be disseminated to the Faith and Globalisation Initiative network to help inform public policy debate and critically analyse the major trends in faith and globalisation.

Hear more from our global group of students over the next few weeks on their experiences at the summer school.

To learn more about the Faith and Globalisation Initiative and join in the conversation, follow  @TonyBlair_TBFF on twitter with the hashtag #FGISummerSchool.