Town Meeting: Religion in the Public Square

Friday, October 5, 2012 | JW Marriott Chicago

2 p.m. | Free | Pre-registration requested

For much of American history, religion and politics have molded the character of the country. What is the role of religion in American politics and in American society today? Join us for a special Notre Dame Town Meeting as our distinguished panel of journalists and the nation’s preeminent academic experts on faith in American civic life present a provocative discussion on this vital topic.

Register here or call 574-631-6798. Include names of attendees.

David Shribman

Moderator: David Shribman
Executive editor, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Executive editor since 2003. Former assistant managing editor, columnist and Washington bureau chief at the Boston Globe. Awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1995.

James E. Rohr

Sponsor Introduction: James E. Rohr
Chairman and CEO, The PNC Financial Services Group
Leads one of the largest financial services companies in the United States. Also serves as a member of the board of trustees for the University of Notre Dame.


David Campbell

David Campbell
John Cardinal O’Hara, C.S.C. Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Notre Dame
An expert on religion, politics, and civic engagement and founding director of the Rooney Center for the Study of American Democracy at the University of Notre Dame. Co-author (with Robert Putnam) of American Grace: How Religion Divides and Unites Us, a groundbreaking examination of religion in America.

Julie Cooper

Julie Cooper
Professor, University of Chicago
Studies the history of political theory. Her research and teaching interests include religion and politics, secularism and Jewish political thought. Is a member of the Chicago Center for Jewish Studies.

Michael D. McCurry

Michael D. McCurry
Former White House press secretary
Veteran political strategist and spokesperson with nearly 35 years of experience in Washington D.C. Served in the White House as press secretary to President Bill Clinton and was spokesman for the Department of State. Currently a partner at Public Strategies Washington, Inc. and is pursuing a master’s degree in theology at Wesley Theological Seminary.

Gerald Seib

Gerald Seib
Washington Bureau Chief, The Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones Newswires
Oversees coverage of the White House, Congress, politics, economics, the Supreme Court, national security affairs, health and regulatory issues. Also writes a weekly column, “Capital Journal,” which brings an insightful and original understanding to politics, national affairs and foreign policy.

JW Marriott Chicago, Lincoln Room, Third Floor
151 West Adams Street, Chicago, Illinois 60603

PNC will host a series of five town meetings this year in Pittsburgh and Chicago. Insightful panels of national and local experts will be assembled for each of the free public forums to provide attendees with perspective on issues dominating the news.

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