updated 2011 05 02

Religion in Public Life / Religion dans la vie publique

Symposium / Colloque  

a symposium sponsored by Canadian Jacques Maritain Association 
un colloque international co-parainé par l'association canadienne Jacques Maritain
in association with the Congress of the Social Sciences and Humanities  
en collaboration avec le Congrès des sciences sociales et humaines

 May 29 - 30 // 2011 // 29 - 30 mai
University of New Brunswick & St Thomas University 
Sir James Dunn Hall 108

Fredericton, NB, Canada

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For information on the programme of the Canadian Philosophical Association, which meets nearby, click here

For general information on the Congress, click here.

Pour des informations générales sur le congrès, cliquetez ici.


Sunday / dimanche, 29 mai/May 29 – Session I

Président et rapporteur / Chair - Commentator: Amy Gordon ( Dominican University College)

9h William Sweet (St Francis Xavier University) -- Models of Religious Freedom in Democratic States.

10h Leonard Ferry (University of Toronto) – Natural Law, Eudaimonism, and Human Rights.

11h Dave Savard (Université Laval) –  Thomas De Koninck : Laïcité de l’État.

Sunday / dimanche, 29 mai/May 29 – Session II

Chair - Commentator / Président et rapporteur: : William Sweet (St Francis Xavier)

14h Keynote Speaker / Discours programme :  The Honourable Speaker Noël A. Kinsella, Speaker of the Senate – Public Service in His Footsteps:  Some Philosophical Dimensions on Faith and Public Service.

15h Gregory Coulter (University of St. Thomas, Minnesota) – Maritain on Tolerance and Religion:  Must society Permit the Practice of Religion?  Must Religion Tolerate Actions of a Society?

16h Amy Gordon (Dominican University College) – Constructing Contempt: Religion, Law, and Subordination

17h - 19h  President's Reception 

Monday / lundi, 30 mai / May 30 – Session III

Chair - Commentator / Président et rapporteur: Mark Nyvlt (Dominican University College)

9h Louis Perron (Université Saint-Paul) – Laïcité et Religion.

10h Joseph Yawney (Dominican University College) – The Difficulty of Saying ‘Secular’

11h Leo Van Arragon (University of Ottawa) – Education Funding, Faith Based Schools and the boundaries of Religious Freedom in Ontario

Monday / lundi, 30 mai / May 30 – Session IV

Président et rapporteur / Chair - Commentator: Joseph Yawney (Dominican University College)

14h Leslie Armour (Dominican University College) -- Three 17th Century Roots of the Idea of Tolerance

15h Elizabeth Trott (Ryerson University): Free Speech and Political Correctness: Tension in the Public Place

16h Brandon Morgan-Olsen (Queen’s University, Kingston) – Habermas, Rawls, and the “Translation” of Religious Claims

Conference Dinner following the Conference


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For more information, please contact:

Dr Mark Nyvlt
Faculty of Philosophy, Dominican University College
96 Empress Avenue
Ottawa, ON K1R 7G2
(613) 233-5696