Past Events


Loeb Institute Conference

Multi-Day Seminar: Religious Freedom and Constitutional Government

Wednesday, July 18, 2018 - 4:00pm to Saturday, July 21, 2018 - 9:00pm

Sponsored by the Ambassador John L. Loeb Institute for Religious Freedom, George Washington University, and the Ashbrook Center at Ashland University, this summer course explores historical sources and contemporary issues related to religious freedom. In addition to the seminar, participants will enjoy a group trip to a relevant site (such as the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History) and have the opportunity to explore Washington, D.C. on their own.

Professor Michael Morgan

Emmanuel Levinas, Anwar Sadat's Speech in Jerusalem, and the Camp David Peace Process

Wednesday, March 28, 2018 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm

This talk examines the peace-talks that led to the Camp David Accords in 1978, the place of Sadat’s visit, various assessments of Sadat’s motives and the meaning of his trip, and the content of his remarks in Jerusalem.

Professor Noah Strote

Who Taught Germans Democracy? Post-Nazi Germany and the Myth of American Influence

Thursday, March 8, 2018 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm

The Loeb Institute is pleased to welcome Professor Noah Strote, who will discuss his new book, Lions and Lambs: Conflict in Weimar and the Creation of Post-Nazi Germany.

Sohrab Ahmari

The Precarious Future of Christians in the Middle East

Thursday, February 15, 2018 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm

Sohrab Ahmari will discuss the precarious future of the Middle East's ancient Christian communities.This event is co-sponsored by the Philos Project and is free and open to the public.

Shadi Hamid

Religion, Freedom, and the Trump Administration: One Year In

Thursday, November 9, 2017 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm

Shadi Hamid discussed the prospects for religious freedom in the U.S. and abroad since the election of Donald Trump. Hamid is a Senior Fellow in the Project on U.S. Relations with the Islamic World in the Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings

Loeb Institute Debating Religious Liberty graphic

Debating Religious Freedom

Thursday, October 12, 2017 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm

Philosophers John Corvino (Wayne State University) and Ryan Anderson (Heritage Foundation) debated the relation between religious freedom and discrimination, based on their recent book Debating Religious Liberty and Discrimination (Oxford University Press, 2017). This event is free and open to the public.

Muslims participating in Hajj

Mass Religious Ritual and Intergroup Tolerance: a study of Muslims who have participated in Hajj

Monday, September 25, 2017 - 3:30pm to 5:00pm

A lecture by Prof. Sufian Zhemukhov (ESIA), co-sponsored by the Center for Islam and Religious Freedom. This event is free and open to the public.


What do you believe event poster at Loeb Institute

Film Screening: WHAT'S UP? DOCS! Presents: Sacred

Thursday, April 13, 2017 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Join The Documentary Center at GWU to examine the topic of "Faith" with Thoman Lennon's stunning new documentary "Sacred"

Good Neighbors book cover

Good Neighbors: The Democracy of Everyday Life in America

Thursday, April 13, 2017 - 12:00pm

Nancy Rosenblum from Harvard University will discuss her recent book, "Good Neighbors: The Democracy of Everyday Life in America."

Andrew Sabl

Are Judaism and Christianity Compatible with Democracy? Why Decent People Take Scripture Seriously But Not Literally

Friday, March 10, 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

The Loeb Institute is excited to welcome political theorist Andrew Sabl to GW this March.

Dr. Yaakov Ariel

The 'Status Quo' and its Discontents: Religion, Law, and Society in Israel

Tuesday, March 7, 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

The Loeb Institute is honored to host author and professor Dr. Yaakov Ariel at GW this spring.

Timothy Keefer

"Is It a 'Muslim Ban'? What President Trump’s Immigration Order Means for Citizens, Residents, and Travelers”

Thursday, March 2, 2017 - 6:00pm

Timothy Keefer, former Chief Counsel for Civil Rights & Civil Liberties, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, will discuss President Trump's Immigration Order.

Walter Russell Mead

The 6th Annual George Washington Lecture

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 - 6:00pm

Walter Russell Mead will discuss an aspect of Washington's legacy, religious freedom and tolerance, which was expressed in his letter to the Touro Synagogue, and explore larger points about religious liberty in America and the world.

Latinos, Religion and the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election

Latinos, Religion and the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election

Wednesday, November 16, 2016 - 4:30pm

The Cisneros Hispanic Leadership Institute and the Loeb Institute for Religious Freedom welcomed Dr. Jessica Hamar Martínez, a senior researcher at Pew Research Center.

The Loeb Institute for Religious Freedom welcomes Amb. David Saperstein

Religious Freedom in a Conflicted Age

Thursday, November 10, 2016 - 6:00pm

The Loeb Institute hosted Ambassador David Saperstein, Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom at the US Department of State.

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