Religious Intolerance and America’s Image and Policies Abroad

The values of the American Creed – pluralism, diversity, and tolerance – sustain U.S. global leadership and provide an aspiration to others. These principles contribute to the appeal and influence of the United States on the global stage. Insidious intolerance and delegitimizing rhetoric domestically undermines these ideals and provides space for hate crimes and degrading actions, threatening to devalue the currency of U.S. power. This panel discussion examines the impact of subtle and overt forms of domestic religious intolerance on the U.S. image and ability to pursue our policy objectives abroad. Looking forward, what can the U.S. government and civil society do to shape the narrative, rhetoric, and policies in the United States to preserve these unique components of our power?



Thursday, March 22, 2018 

Panel Discussion
4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. 
Gaston Hall, Healy Hall

Dr. Heidi Hadsell, President of the Hartford Seminary
Farooq Kathwari, Co-Chair of the Muslim-Jewish Advisory Council, and CEO of Ethan Allen
Rabbi David Saperstein, former U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom

Nancy Lindborg, President of the U.S. Institute of Peace

Rabbi Rachel Gartner, Director for Jewish Life, Campus Ministry
Imam Yahya Hendi, Muslim Chaplain, Georgetown University


Office of the Vice President for Global Engagement
Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs
Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service
Center for Contemporary Arab Studies
Center for Jewish Civilization
Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding 
Georgetown University Campus Ministry

Thursday, March 22 at 4:30pm to 6:00pm

Gaston Hall
37th and O St., N.W., Washington

Event Registration Required

This event requires registration.