History has illustrated numerous instances where the cause of religious freedom has created radical reactions. These reactions come in the form of either peace or violence, both of which impact history and our historical framework. Because of these reactions, we can easily observe how the history of the world is intertwined with religious freedom.

Join us as we analyze significant moments in world history and how they relate to our current events. We are honored to be joined by lead professors and experts in religious freedom and international politics. We will be discussing religious freedom in key historical hotspots around the world, and drawing parallels to modern complexities.

Expect to walk away from our informative panel with a stronger connection to our shared past and an outlook that will help us all make better decisions in the future.

Dr. Jim Wellman

Professor and Chair of the Comparative Religion Program in the Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington. In 2017, he received a Five-Year Term Professorship in Global Christianity to create a Center for Global Christian Studies at the Jackson School.

Dr. Timothy Longman

Professor Longman’s current research focuses on state-society relations in Africa, looking particularly at human rights, transitional justice, democratization, civil society, the politics of race and ethnicity, religion and politics, and women and politics.

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Our Panelists

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Dr. Jim Wellman

James K. Wellman Jr. is Professor and Chair of the Comparative Religion Program in the Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington. In 2017, he received a Five-Year Term Professorship in Global Christianity; this professorship supports his recent initiative to create a Center for Global Christian Studies at the Jackson School. His areas of expertise are in American religious culture, history, and politics. He also works on and teaches in religion and international issues, particularly related to religious nationalism, human security and US foreign policy. Most recently he has developed a program on Cross Cultural Religious Literacy, helping religious traditions to understand and learn from each other across religious differences as well as those with none. He has received numerous nominations for the Distinguished Teaching Award.

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Dr. Timothy Longman

Professor Longman’s current research focuses on state-society relations in Africa, looking particularly at human rights, transitional justice, democratization, civil society, the politics of race and ethnicity, religion and politics, and women and politics. His new book, Christianity and Genocide in Rwanda (Cambridge University Press 2011), is based on his field research in Rwanda in 1992-1993, and 1995-1996. It argues that Rwanda’s churches became implicated in the 1994 Rwandan genocide because of their historic links with the state, their active engagement in ethnic politics, and the ongoing cooperative ties between leaders of the churches and the state.

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