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2014 Spring Institute: Is Canada Secular?

CLASS: Researching the Liberal Arts and Secular Society


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Until recently, sociological theory of secularization erroneously presumed the decline or eventual demise of religion, particularly in the post-Enlightenment west. Contrary to such predictions, religion remains a potent socio-political force in nations like Canada. What then is the relationship between religion and secularism? As witnessed by emerging legislation and policies like the Quebec Charter of Values, being a religionist in Canada can come with its challenges. Against this broad backdrop, the institute engaged the varied roles and configurations of religion in Canadian society and sought to respond to the question: Is Canada secular?

Guest Speakers

Ms. Chantal Hebert, national affairs writer, Toronto Star ;“At Issue” panelist the CBC’s The National ; contributor to Radio-Canada’s Les Coulisses du pouvoir; guest columnist for Le Devoir and L’Actualité

The Honourable Bill Blaikie, Director of the Knowles-Woodsworth Centre for Theology and Public Policy

Dr. Lloyd Axworthy, President of the University of Winnipeg; former federal Minister of Foreign Affairs

Dr. Adina Balint-Babos, Assistant Professor of Modern Languages

Dr. Barter Moulaison, Chair of the Department of Religion and Culture

Prof. Laurence Broadhurst, Department of Classics and Department of Religion and Culture

Dr. Fiona Green, Associate Dean of Arts

Dr. Jason Hannan, Assistant Professor of Rhetoric, Writing and Communications

Dr. Peter Ives, Chair of the Department of Political Science

Dr. McLeod Rogers, Chair of the Department of Rhetoric, Writing and Communications

Dr. Tracy Whalen, Associate Professor of Rhetoric, Writing and Communications