Education Innovation Lectures

A guest lecture series on innovation in education and other topics related to teaching at the K-20 level.

Education Innovation Lectureship Series

Freedom of, and from, Religion:
Understanding the American Secular Tradition.

Thursday, September 13, 2018
2 - 3 p.m.
NDSU Memorial Union // Century Theater
FREE to attend but participants must register.
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Join NDSU as we explore American secularism. This FREE presentation will feature our guest speaker, Jacques Berlinerblau, Ph.D., Georgetown University. Berlinerblau is a professor and the director of Georgetown University's Center for Jewish Civilization. All NDSU faculty, staff, and graduate students are invited to attend this presentation. Register early as this presentation is limited to the first 300 registered individuals.

It seems that no news cycle is complete without some reference to a “secular/religious” divide in America, be it concerning women’s reproductive freedoms, the civil rights of LGBT communities, or the proper role of religion in political rhetoric and policy making. For many Americans, though certainly not all, ours is a “secular” country founded on strict separation of church and state. In this lecture we try to understand what American secularism is and what its relevance to the aforementioned issues and others might be. We look at secularism’s peculiarly religious genealogy, as well as its recent re-conceptualization as a form of atheism. As we survey the intriguing variety of American secular perspectives we argue that secularism at its best performs the complex (and thankless) task of granting as much freedom of and from religion to as many citizens as possible.

 

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Presenter

Jacques Berlinerblau, Ph.D.

Professor and Director // Center for Jewish Civilization
School of Foreign Service
Georgetown University

Dr. Jacques Berlinerblau is a Professor in the Walsh School of Foreign Service and the Director of the Center for Jewish Civilization. He holds doctorates in Ancient Near Eastern Languages and Literature as well as Sociology. Professor Berlinerblau has published seven books and a variety of scholarly articles on issues ranging from the secularism in the United States, to the fiction of Philip Roth, to the sociology of heresy, to African-American and Jewish-American relations. At Georgetown, he has taught courses on secularism, modern Jewish fiction, and the relation between literature and politics. 
He is the father of two reasonably gifted artistic boys and the reluctant owner of a very obstreperous puppy.

 

Read Berlinerblau's full biography.

 

 

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Registration

This event is FREE and open to the public. Registration is open to the first 300 people. Due to this limited seating we are requiring individuals to register to guarantee themselves a seat.

 

 

If you are unable to register, please contact the Office of Teaching and Learning by email ndsu.otl@ndsu.edu to be put on a waiting list. If you register and you find that you are no longer able to attend call 701-231-7015 or email ndsu.otl@ndsu.edu to release your seat.

 

 

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Parking and Transportation

This event will be held in the NDSU Memorial Union on the second floor, 1401 Administration Ave. If you are coming from off campus, walk into the main union entrance on the south side of the building (where the MU parking lot is situated), past the bookstore (on your left), then up either the first or second set of stairs on your right. 

Registration tables will be in the lobby on the second floor outside both entrances to Century Theater.

From downtown Fargo, route 33 will take you to the A. Glenn Hill Center bus stop.

By Car: If you are getting to campus by car, the most convenient lot for you to park in is either the Memorial Union parking lot, labeled MU on the campus map or the Visitor's lot. Both lots are pay lots so please have cash or credit card available when you enter the lot. Look for the parking payment center kiosks.

By Bus: There are several bus routes that stop right in front of the NDSU A. Glenn Hill Center, which is located a few hundred feet from the entrance to the Memorial Union. 

From the Mat Bus Ground Transportation Center (GTC) you can get on route 13 or route 13U; both routes will drop you off at the A. Glenn Hill Center bus stop.

From downtown Fargo, route 33 will take you to the A. Glenn Hill Center bus stop.

 

 

 

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Invitation Only Events

The following events with our guest speaker, Jacques Berlinerblau, Ph.D., are geared toward individuals from specific groups on campus. These events are by invitation only. 

Gateways-ND Program Workshop

Pedagogical Talk with Q & A Session // Jacques Berlinerblau, Ph.D.
Thursday, September 13, 2018
12 to 1 p.m.
A. Glenn Hill Center, Room TBD 

 

 

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Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation. (NSF DOE grant # 1525056)

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