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Moses Jacob Ezekiel (1844-1917), Religious Liberty, c. 1874-76. Photo by Jeff Goldberg/Esto.

Religion, Politics, and the 2016 Election

Thursday, September 29, 2016 at 7:00 pm


Can't make it in person? Watch the livestream of tonight's program here!

The relationship between religion and public life is a complex issue, particularly apparent in this fraught presidential election year. A distinguished panel will tackle this timely subject, exploring the intersections between religion and politics in American life. Light reception to follow.

Speakers include:
  • John J. DiIulio, Jr., Frederic Fox Leadership Professor of Politics, Religion, and Civil Society, Director, Program for Research on Religion and Urban Civil Society, Faculty Director, Robert A. Fox Leadership Program, University of Pennsylvania; Former Director, White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives
  • Jane Eisner, Editor In Chief, The Jewish Daily Forward
  • John Lapinski, Associate Professor of Political Science and Director, Penn Program on Opinion Research and Election Studies, University of Pennsylvania; Director, NBC News Elections Unit
  • Dick Polman (moderator), National Political Columnist, NewsWorks/WHYY; Writer in Residence, University of Pennsylvania
  • Melissa Wilde, Associate Professor of Sociology and Undergraduate Chair, Sociology Department, University of Pennsylvania


$8/Free for NMAJH and NCC Members and PennCard holders
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This program is part of an ongoing program series presented by Penn’s Jewish Studies Program and the Museum that seeks to explore and draw connections between key themes of the American Jewish experience and broader dimensions of American history and culture.
In partnership with Penn’s Herbert D. Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies and Program for Research on Religion and Urban Civil Society, and the National Constitution Center. Sponsored by the Arlene and Stanley Ginsburg Family Foundation.


Event type:Lectures & Discussions
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