06 May 14

George Rupp, former president and CEO of the International Rescue Committee, examines the tension between traditional religious conviction and modern secular individualism. Rupp claims that despite the aspiration of secular liberals to keep the passions of religious devotees out of the public realm, there is evidence all over the world that this stance is not a viable option. He argues that the global challenge is instead to find a way for passionate conviction not to preclude inclusive communities. Rupp was Richard C. Holbrooke Distinguished Visitor at the American Academy in Berlin in Spring 2014.