‘Toleration and Democracy’ topic of Nov. 5 lecture hosted by Rice’s Boniuk Institute


David Ruth

Jeff Falk

‘Toleration and Democracy’ topic of Nov. 5 lecture hosted by Rice’s Boniuk Institute

HOUSTON – (Oct. 23, 2015) – German philosopher and author Rainer Forst will discuss the intersections of religious and racial tolerance and democracy at Rice University’s Boniuk Institute for the Study and Advancement of Religious Tolerance Nov. 5.

Rainer Forst

Co-sponsored by Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy; Program on Politics, Law and Social Thought; Department of Philosophy; and the German Consulate General in Houston, the event is free and open to the public, but registration is required.

Who: Rainer Forst, a professor of political theory and philosophy at Johann Wolfgang Goethe University in Frankfurt, Germany.

What: A lecture titled “Toleration and Democracy.”

When: 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 5.

Where: Rice University, Baker Hall, 6100 Main St.

Religious and racial intolerance are severe social vices, but does that mean that tolerance is a virtue? For some, toleration is essential for a flourishing pluralistic democracy; for others, it is a predemocratic attitude and practice — in Goethe’s famous words, “an insult,” according to Forst. In his lecture, he will explain this ambivalence and argue for a particular democratic notion of tolerance.

The Boniuk Institute was founded in 2013 with a gift from Houston philanthropists Dr. Milton and Laurie Boniuk. It is an expansion of the Boniuk Center that was created at Rice in 2004. The Boniuk Center was dedicated to fostering tolerance among people of all and no faiths and to studying the conditions in which tolerance and intolerance flourish. The Boniuk Institute’s expanded mission focuses on research, education and community engagement. For more information about the institute’s activities and events, visit http://boniuk.rice.edu.

The public must RVSP at http://tinyurl.com/TolerationAndDemocracy.

Members of the news media who want to attend should RSVP to Jeff Falk, associate director of national media relations at Rice, at jfalk@rice.edu or 713-348-6775.

For a map of Rice’s campus, go to www.rice.edu/maps/maps.html. For parking information, go to parking.rice.edu. Media are advised to park in the Central Campus Garage.


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About Jeff Falk

Jeff Falk is director of national media relations in Rice University's Office of Public Affairs.