The Religious Literacy and the Professions Initiative collaborates with professionals working in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors to advance a deeper understanding of the complex influences of religions in modern human affairs. We offer resources, training and support to professionals working at local, national, and global level. Our current programs focus on partnering with professionals in journalism, government, humanitarian action, media and entertainment.
- September 20-21, 2018
- Keynote address by filmmaker and philanthropist Abigail E. Disney
- View the full list of speakers
- Making Audiences: How What We Watch Shapes Who We Are
- Entertaining Religion: Themes, People, and Plots in Entertainment Media
- From Script to Screen: How Content is Made and Why It Matters
- Saving Stories: Religious Literacy as Social Responsibility
- December 7-8, 2017
- Keynote Speaker: Shaun Casey, former Director of the U.S. Department of State's Office of Religion and Global Affairs
- Full videos from this event may be viewed on the Harvard Divinity School website.
- January 19–20, 2017
- Plenary Speakers: Alastair Ager, Rudelmar Bueno de Faria, and Azza Karam
- Full videos from this event may be viewed on the Harvard Divinity School website..
- December 8–9, 2016
- Keynote Speaker: Laurie Goodstein, National Religion Correspondent for The New York Times
- Full videos from this event may be viewed on youtube.com.
All symposia will be held at Harvard Divinity School. They are free and open to the public. Please see the individual page for each symposium for information on how to register, as space is limited.
The Religious Literacy and the Professions Initiative is sponsored by the Religious Literacy Project in cooperation with Boston University. This initiative has been made possible by the generous support of Bruce McEver '11.