New York University’s Institute of French Studies will host “A Politics of Faith,” which occurs 100 years after the formal separation of church and state in France, on Fri., Sept. 30 and Sat., Oct. 1 (9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.) at 5 Washington Place, room 103 (at Washington Square East). The conference, which will focus on topics including Islam and Islamic radicalism, fundamentalism in the U.S., and the separation of church and state, will feature American and French specialists on the sociology and history of religion: Stanford University’s George Fredrickson; Jeff Sharlett of NYU’s Center for Religion and Media; author Alan Wolfe; Jean Bauberot, who voted against the recent French law banning the Islamic headscarf in the schools, and others. The event is free and open to the public, which may call 212.998.8740 for more information.

Sessions will be in English and French.

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WHAT: “A Politics of Faith” — a two-day conference on religion and politics in the USA and France

WHEN: Fri., Sept. 30 and Sat., Oct. 1, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

WHERE: 5 Washington Place, Room 103, New York University

The Institute of French Studies at New York University is a multi-disciplinary center for the study of nineteenth- and twentieth-century France with innovative graduate programs that emphasize French culture, history, politics, economics and society.

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