Special Panels

 

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Panel: Quebec’s Religious Communities  on Religious Diversity & Public Policy

10-12 AM: Birks Chapel, McGill University

Speakers:

Mukhbir Singh, President of the World Sikh Organization of Canada

Mukhbir Singh

Mukhbir Singh is President of the World Sikh Organization of Canada. The World Sikh Organization of Canada (WSO) is a non-profit organization with a mandate to promote and protect the interests of Canadian Sikhs as well as to promote and advocate for the protection of human rights for all individuals, irrespective of race, religion, gender, ethnicity, and social and economic status. Mukhbir is a frequent speaker addressing issues such as the relationship between religion and modern secularism, human rights and identity. Mukhbir Singh has long been involved with multicultural organizations in the Montreal community and has since extended to the national stage as he joined the World Sikh Organization of Canada (WSO). Mukhbir Singh grew up in Montreal, Quebec but now lives in Ottawa, Ontario with his wife.

 

Samira Laouni, Consultant for C.O.R (Communication, ouverture et rapprochement interculturel)

Samira LaouniSamira Laouni, née au Maroc, installée au Québec depuis 1998, détient un doctorat en Économie internationale (Paris-1 Sorbonne). Son action s’exerce surtout dans le cadre du C.O.R. (Communication, ouverture, rapprochement interculturel) qu’elle a fondé en 2010.  Celui-ci a présenté en Commission parlementaire plusieurs mémoires, dont Exclure l’exclusion! (2013), en appui à une laïcité inclusive, La neutralité religieuse, condition du construire-ensemble en appui au  projet de loi n° 62 (2016); La vitalité du Québec exige un accueil réussi des nouveaux Québécois (2016). Le C.O.R. a coordonné la Semaine d’actions contre le racisme (2017) et a organisé en particulier le forum L’égalité, c’est notre affaire à tous! Mme Laouni offre des ateliers à des jeunes musulmans afin de les aider à concilier leur identité culturelle et religieuse avec le milieu social québécois. Mme Laouni a participé au Symposium international «ISLAMOPHOBIE  Race – Religion – Libéralisme» (INRS) ainsi qu’au colloque «L’islamophobie : (néo)racisme et systèmes d’oppression» (CRIEC – UQAM) (2015).

Adam Scheier, Senior Rabbi, Congregation Shaar Hashomayim

Rabbi ScheierRabbi Adam Scheier is Senior Rabbi of Congregation Shaar Hashomayim. He is Past President of the Montreal Board of Rabbis, Vice-President of the Rabbinical Council of Canada, and Senior Rabbinic Fellow of Jerusalem’s Hartman Institute. He is a founding member of the Board of Trustees of the International Rabbinic Fellowship, and serves on the Rabbinic Advisory Board of Yeshivat Maharat.

He has been an advocate for “spiritual activism” on behalf of Jews around the world, including Germany. and has led solidarity visits to many different at-risk communities, including Paris, Montana and Venezuela. 

In 2015, Rabbi Scheier co-edited and published the Canadian Haggadah Canadienne, and last year he accompanied Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on his visit to Poland and Auschwitz. He has published editorial pieces in the Montreal Gazette, the Times of Israel, and CIJA’s The Exchange, and is a contributor to the Canadian Jewish News. Rabbi Scheier is married to Rabba Abby Scheier, and they have been blessed with five daughters.

Carmen Chouinard, Consultant for C.O.R (Communication, ouverture et rapprochement interculturel)

Carmen ChouinardCarmen Chouinard est détentrice d’une maîtrise en philosophie de l’Université Laval et d’un doctorat en Sciences des religions de l’Université de Montréal. Ses intérêts de recherche incluent le féminisme religieux, le dialogue interreligieux et l’éco-féminisme. Elle a été auxiliaire de recherche pour la Chaire de recherche du Canada : Islam, Pluralisme et Globalisation. Chargée de cours pour les cours Introduction aux grandes religions, Introduction à l’islam et Géopolitique des religions à l’Université de Montréal.

Panel: Situating Academia in the Debates on Religious Diversity in Quebec

1:30-3:30 PM: Birks Chapel, McGill University

Speakers:

Patrice Brodeur, Professor, Université de Montréal

Patrice BrodeurPatrice Brodeur is an associate professor at the Institute of Religious Studies in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at the University of Montreal (Canada) as well as Senior Adviser at the International Dialogue Centre in Vienna, Austria. He holds a B.A. in Religious Studies and an M.A. in Islamic Studies, both from McGill University, as well as a second Master’s Degree in Comparative Religion and a Ph.D. in Islam & Judaism from Harvard University. He co-authored, with Dr. I. Merdjanova, Religion as a Conversation Starter: Interreligious Dialogue for Peacebuilding in the Balkans, 1990-2008 (London: Continuum Press, 2009 (paperback 2011) [in Bulgarian, 2010; in Bosnian, 2015]). He co-edited: with Solange Lefebvre, Public Commissions on Cultural and Religious Diversity: Analysis, Reception, and Challenges, (London: Routledge, 2017); with S. Amor and D. Tsvetkova, Migrations et croyances : entre inculturation et acculturation (Montréal: Association Francophone pour le Savoir (Cahiers scientifiques de l’ACFAS), 2016); with S. Amor and M. Fadil, Islam : Regards en coin (Québec : Presses de l’Université Laval, 2015).

Pauline Côté, Professor, Université Laval

Pauline CotePauline Côté is professor in Political Science and member of the Centre d’Analyse des Politiques Publiques (Université Laval, CAPP). Her research focus on public agenda-setting with reference to religion in comparative perspective. Publications include policy initiatives such as “neutralité religieuse de l’État,” “charte des valeurs et laïcité,” “accommodements raisonnables,” and “port du voile” ( Recherches sociographiques LVII, 2-3, 2016 : 379- 425). Along with other specialists of controversial minorities, she has witnessed a growing salience of these and related polarized issues as they were fought notably in Europe ( Régulation ou ingérence? La nouvelle question religieuse\State Regulation or State Interference? Public Management of Religious Diversity, Brussels, PIE- Peter Lang; Coedited with T. Jeremy Gunn, 2006 ). Pauline Côté has contributed to the ODIHR panel of experts on Freedom of Religion or Belief.

Daniel Weinstock, Professor, McGill University

Daniel Weinstock A graduate of McGill and Oxford (DPhil in philosophy), Daniel Weinstock studied under Charles Taylor, and he also studied at Harvard University under John Rawls. He is a prize fellow of the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation (2004) and a recipient of the André-Laurendeau Prize given by the Association canadienne-française pour l’avancement des sciences (French-Canadian association for the advancement of the sciences). His areas of expertise include the politics of language and identity, democracy, citizenship, and pluralism.

Weinstock’s research explores, among other areas, the governance of certain types of liberal democracies; the ethics of diversity, religious diversity, and cultural diversity; and the political and ethical philosophy of public policy.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Panel: Charles Taylor’s Legacy to Québec

4:00-6:00 PM: Moyse Hall, McGill University

Speakers:

Ruth Abbey, Professor, University of Notre Dame

Ruth AbbeyRuth Abbey is a Professor of Political Science at the University of Notre Dame. She is a political theorist with research interests in the areas of Friedrich Nietzsche, Charles Taylor, Feminist Political Thought, Liberal Political Thought, and Animal Ethics.

 

 

Jacob T. Levy, Professor, McGill University

Jacob T LevyJacob T. Levy is Tomlinson Professor of Political Theory, Professor of Political Science, and associated faculty in the Department of Philosophy at McGill University.  He is the coordinator of McGill’s Research Group on Constitutional Studies and Montreal’s Groupe de Recherche Interuniversitaire en Philosophie Politique, and the founding director of McGill’s Yan P. Lin Centre for the Study of Freedom and Global Orders in the Ancient and Modern Worlds. His areas of research include liberal and constitutional theory, federalism and local self-government, multiculturalism and nationalism, freedom of association, and the history of political thought, especially centered on the eighteenth century and Montesquieu.

He is the author of The Multiculturalism of Fear (OUP 2000) and Rationalism, Pluralism, and Freedom (OUP 2014), and editor or coeditor of Colonialism and Its Legacies, Nomos LV: Federalism and Subsidiarity, and the forthcoming Oxford Handbook of Classics in Contemporary Political Theory.   He serves on the editorial boards of The Journal of Politics, Political Research Quarterly, Political Studies, and Publius: The Journal of Federalism. He is a member of the Board of Advisors and a Senior Fellow at the Niskanen Center. He holds a B.A. in Political Science from Brown University, an M.A. and Ph.D. in Politics from Princeton University, and an LL.M. from the University of Chicago Law School.

Jocelyn Maclure, Professor, Université Laval

Jocelyn MaclureAprès avoir obtenu un baccalauréat à l’Université Laval (1997) et une maîtrise à l’Université de Victoria (1999), Jocelyn Maclure s’est vu décerné un D. Phil. à l’Université de Southampton (R-U) en 2003 (titre de la thèse : “Disenchantment and Democracy: Public Reason under Conditions of Pluralism”). Il a réalisé des stages postdoctoraux au Centre de recherche en éthique de l’Université de Montréal et à l’Université de Toronto (2003-2004) et il a été professeur ou chercheur invité dans plusieurs universités.​ Il est président la Commission de l’éthique en science et en technologie du Québec depuis janvier 2017. Il a œuvré comme analyste-expert pour la Commission Bouchard-Taylor sur les pratiques d’accommodement de la diversité culturelle et religieuse, cofondé en 2012 le magazine Nouveau Projet, et blogué pour le magazine L’actualité. Il collabore régulièrement aux émissions Plus on est de fous, plus on lit! et Medium large à la Première chaîne de Radio-Canada. Il est cotitulaire de la Chaire La philosophie dans le monde actuel depuis 2011.

 

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