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Tuesday, January 19 (9:30am – 1pm PST // 12:30pm – 4pm EST)

9:30am  – Introduction and Welcome: Karen Barkey and Jonathan Laurence 

9:50am – Keynote Address: Religious Tolerance Revisited –Denis Lacorne (Sciences Po)

11am – Panel: Thinking Toleration

Wednesday, January 20 (11am – 1pm PST // 2pm – 4pm EST)

11am – Panel: Minorities, Pluralism, Law

  • Toleration: Thought and Practice in the Societies of the Medieval Islamic World  – Lev Weitz (Catholic University of America)
  • The Elusive Toleration of Islam in EuropeJonathan Laurence (Boston College)
  • The Way has not a Constant Name. State Attitudes to Religious Toleration in Chinese HistoryEugenio Menegon (Boston University) 
  • Commenter: Karen Barkey (UC Berkeley)

Thursday, January 21 (11am – 1pm PST // 2pm – 4pm EST)

11am – Panel: Sacred Space and Tolerance

  • The Politics of Jewish Neighborhood: Exclusiveness and Tolerance in Rabbinic LawCharlotte Fonrobert (Stanford University)
  • Sounds of Emancipation: Politics, Identity, and Music in 19th-century Italian SynagoguesFrancesco Spagnolo (UC Berkeley)
  • Intolerance Under the Guise of Tolerance: Religious Diversity in Thirteenth-century IndiaElaine M. Fisher (Stanford University)
  • Tolerance and Rights: An Exploration of Medieval Canon LawAlberto Melloni (University of Modena-Reggio)
  • Commenter: Anna Elisabetta Galeotti (University of Eastern Piedmont, Vercelli)

Friday, January 22 (9am – 11am PST // 12pm – 2pm EST)

9am – Panel: Politics, Political Theory and Toleration

  • Late Roman Toleration or How to Read an Imperial Edict: Theodosius to All the People on the Catholic religioSusanna Elm (UC Berkeley)
  • Asoka’s Dhamma: social toleration or communal HarmonyRajeev Bhargava (Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, New Delhi)
  • Church and State in the European Toleration Debates, 1560-1655Noah Dauber (Colgate University)
  • Commenter: Simon Brown (UC Berkeley)

Saturday, January 23 (11am – 1pm PST // 2pm – 4pm EST)


11am – Panel: Text, Translation, Interpretation

  • Tolerance and Intolerance in the Hebrew BibleRobert Alter (UC Berkeley)
  • Ecumenical Community: The Ummah in the QuranHamza Zafer (University of Washington) 
  • Toleration, Religion, and the EnlightenmentWilliam Bulman (Lehigh University) 
  • Commenter: David Marno (UC Berkeley)