‘Religious Diversity in a Secular Era’ to be presented Oct. 16 at Rice University’s Boniuk Institute


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Jeff Falk

‘Religious Diversity in a Secular Era’ to be presented Oct. 16 at Rice University’s Boniuk Institute

HOUSTON – (Oct. 8, 2014) – José Casanova, a leading scholar on religion and globalization, will discuss “Religious Diversity in a Secular Era” at Rice University Oct. 16. Presented by Rice’s Boniuk Institute for the Study and Advancement of Religious Tolerance, the event is free and open to the public.

José Casanova

Who: José Casanova, professor of sociology and senior fellow at Georgetown University’s Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs.

When: 7 p.m. Oct. 16.

Where: Rice University, Herring Hall, Room 100, 6100 Main St.

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 with a gift from the Boniuks. The Boniuk Center was dedicated to nurturing tolerance among people of all and no faiths, especially youth, and to studying the conditions in which tolerance and intolerance flourish. The Boniuk Institute’s expanded mission focuses on research, education and community engagement.

The public is encouraged to register for this event at https://jfe.qualtrics.com/form/SV_0fEL1ndwJkqJYKF.

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.

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About Jeff Falk

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