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What Is Secularism?

Seminar Center for Global Humanities Lecture/Seminar Series

Jacques Berlinerblau

Jacques Berlinerblau

Associate Professor and Director of the Program for Jewish Civilization, Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University

Secularism is one of the most misunderstood isms in the entire American political lexicon. In this presentation, we try to get to the bottom of what secularism is, and most importantly, what secularism is not. The relation of the secular worldview to such ideas as liberalism, atheism, separationism, and accommodationism--among others--is examined and a status report of the contemporary secular predicament is rendered.


Jacques Berlinerblau is associate professor and director of the Program for Jewish Civilization at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. He has published on a wide variety of issues ranging from the composition of the Hebrew Bible, to the sociology of heresy, to modern Jewish intellectuals, to African- American and Jewish-American relations. Professor Berlinerblau’s most recent book is How to Be Secular: A Call to Arms for Religious Freedom.

Assigned Reading

Jacques Berlinerblau, How to Be Secular: A Call to Arms for Religious Freedom (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012)


A reception will be held at 5pm at the UNE Art Gallery


Center for Global Humanities


(207) 221-4335

Poster for Jacques Berlinerblau event
6:00 PM
WCHP Lecture Hall

Portland Campus

Free and open to the public