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Religious Opinion and the Common Good:  An Editor's Reflections

Friday, Sept. 26, 2014
3:00-5:00 p.m.
Abernethy Reading Room, Axinn Center

Paul Baumann, editor at Commonweal Magazine, speaks about writing about religion in public life.  Increasingly, Americans who self-identify as religious and Americans who eschew religion find themselves on the opposite sides of political and moral questions. Yet since the nation’s conception, religious values and institutions have provided an indispensable foundation for our democratic faith and hopes. If confidence in our democracy is to be restored and the nation’s fraying social contract mended, the moral and intellectual resources of traditional religious communities will be needed. That is why religious commentary and opinion, which can be found in a rich variety of publications, continue to play a vital role in shaping the larger political and cultural conversation.       

Paul Baumann was appointed editor of Commonweal magazine in 2003. He was educated at Wesleyan University and Yale Divinity School. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Monthly, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, The Nation, and other publications. Before coming to Commonweal, he worked as a newspaper editorial writer and reporter. With Patrick Jordan, he is the editor of Commonweal Confronts the Century: Liberal Convictions, Catholic Tradition - Celebrating Seventy-Five Years from the Pages of Commonweal (Touchstone).

Panel discussion on careers in editing and publishing to follow lecture, with Paul Baumann. Dorothy Resig Willette '04 (Managing Editor of Biblical Archaeology Review and alumna of the religion department), and Jane Garrett (former Senior Editor for Knopf Publishing)

Refreshments will be served.




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