Conferences

Religion and Conscience in Court  
November 18, 2015

TConscience_and_lawhree panels will examine important questions arising from the Carter and Loyola rulings of the Supreme Court of Canada in terms of how they impact the legal understanding of conscience rights and religious rights in Canada. The symposium will conclude with the keynote lecture “Three Foundations of Law” by  Rémi Brague (Sorbonne), author of The Law of God and numerous other works, including provocative articles such as “The Impossibility of Secular Society.” Read more information.  

Carter and Conscience Rights
Eugene Bereza, Yves Robert, Margaret Somerville, Larry Worthen

Loyola and Religious Rights
Paul Donovan, Janet Epp-Buckingham, Victor Muniz-Fraticelli, Mark Phillips

Freedom of Conscience and Religion: Where are we headed? 
L’hon. Louis LeBel, Howard Kislowicz, Fr Raymond de Souza, Hoi Kong


The Legacy of Claude Ryan 
February 13-14, 2014                         

imageThe Legacy of Claude Ryan symposium marks the 10th anniversary of Ryan’s passing.  Through a series of panels and discussions, this symposium aims to deepen our understanding of Claude Ryan’s contribution to evolving debates on religion, politics, and nationality.

As part of the proceedings, The Federal Idea, in partnership with McGill University and the Newman Centre has organized a luncheon-conference on February 14 with the Hon. Brian Mulroney, former Prime Minister of Canada, and the Hon. Jean Charest, former Premier of Quebec.  On the evening of February 13, Thomas Mulcair, leader of the Official Opposition in the federal government, and Geoffrey Kelley, chair of the official opposition in the National Assembly, will be offering their reflection on the life and legacy of Ryan.

Podcasts of the talks and panel presentations can be found at:  The Legacy of Claude Ryan


Trauma and Transformation  
October 14-15, 2011

DSC_0084McGill’s Centre for Research on Religion (CREOR), in collaboration with the Newman Centre/Newman Institute, hosted a major conference on the sexual abuse crisis within the Catholic Church. A blue-ribbon team of scholars, Catholic bishops, and religious leaders from across Canada and beyond brought their experience and expertise into dialogue on the crisis and challenge of the abuse scandal that has shaken the Catholic Church.  Salt & Light Cable Network produced a documentary on the conference and also offers a complete DVD package on the conference talks: Trauma and Transformation (Salt & Light).


Pluralism, Politics and God? 
An International Symposium on Religion in the Public Sphere
September 13-15, 2007

wpid-cornell_religion_votingIn his controversial Regensburg lecture of September 12, 2006, Pope Benedict XVI framed the interaction of religious traditions within the public sphere around the concept of rational theism. The notion of rational theism raises important questions about religion at a time when the distinction between secularization and the resurgence of religious orthodoxy in Christianity, Islam and Judaism has sharpened differences.

Over 60 delegates from around the world will gather at to consider these questions: Can religious traditions make truth claims that are demonstrably rational in a post-metaphysical age? Under what understanding of rationality can religion be seen as rational, and what understanding of religion would uphold the importance of rationality? Can rationality be used as a tool for achieving consensus between religious tradition and the state on important issues of ethical enquiry?

The symposium will offer a series of lectures and panels in addition to the presentation of over 60 papers by academics from around the world. Registration is now closed.

Keynote Speakers
“Narrative, Argument, and Pluralism” A Claude Ryan Lecture on Catholic Social Thought
Nicholas Adams, Senior Lecturer in Theology and Ethics, University of Edinburgh
Thursday, September 13, 2007 at 15:00, Diocesan College, Convocation Hall

“Religion & Human Rights: Enemies or Allies?” A Beatty Public Lecture
John Witte Jr., Robitsher Professor of Law and Ethics, Emory School of Law
Thursday, September 13, 2007 at 19:30, McGill University, Leacock 132

Special Panels and Debates
Religion, Rights & the State (Sept. 13)
Religion, Sex, and the City (Sept. 14)
Beyond the Clash of Civilizations (Sept. 15)