Feb 20

Past Event

The Role Of Faith-Based Organizations


This is the fourth in a series of roundtable discussions exploring the role of religious congregations and the government in alleviating social problems. This conference will focus on faith-based efforts to reform public education.

In recent years, a new dialogue has queried the proper roles of faith-based organizations in addressing social concerns and the relationship of government with these efforts. The new dialogue is less ideologically polarized than past discussions, which creates an opening for new departures and an opportunity to heal old breaches. Sacred Places, Civic Purposes, a Brookings Institution Project supported by a grant from The Pew Charitable Trusts, hopes to provide shape and direction for that dialogue by convening social scientists, policy makers, advocates and practitioners in the worlds of faith and public life.

Event Agenda

  • Moderator

    • Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life, " itemprop="jobTitle" /> E.J. Dionne, Jr.

      Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution; Columnist, Washington Post;
      Co-Chair, Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life

  • Presenters, Lunch Keynote

    • Dennis Shirley

      Associate Dean, Lynch School of Education, Boston College

    • Ernesto Cortes

      Executive Director, Southwest Industrial Areas Foundation

    • Mavis Sanders

      Professor, Johns Hopkins University

  • Respondents

    • Bill Galston

      Professor, University of Maryland

    • Charles Haynes

      Senior Scholar, Freedom Forum First Amendment Center

    • David Hornbeck

      Former Superintendent, Philadelphia Public Schools

    • Nina Shokraii Rees

      Advisor, Bush-Cheney Transition; Analyst, Heritage Foundation

    • Robert Muccigrosso

      Principal, Nazareth Regional High School in NY

    • Ruth Wattenberg

      Director, Educational Issues, American Federation of Teachers


February 20, 2001

10:00 AM - 4:00 PM EST

The Brookings Institution

Falk Auditorium

1775 Massachusetts Ave., NW


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