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Book Talk: David Elcott on Faith, Nationalism & Future of Liberal Democracy

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In his new book, David Elcott highlights the use of religious identity to fuel the rise of illiberal, nationalist, and populist democracy.

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Join us at Manny's for a talk with Prof. David Elcott, author of Faith, Nationalism, and the Future of Liberal Democracy.

In Faith, Nationalism, and the Future of Liberal Democracy, Dr. Elcott presents a pragmatic and modernist exploration of how religion engages in the public square. Elcott and his co-authors are concerned about the ways religious identity is being used to foster the exclusion of individuals and communities from citizenship, political representation, and a role in determining public policy.

They examine the ways religious identity is weaponized to fuel populist revolts against a political, social, and economic order that values democracy in a global and strikingly diverse world. Included is a history and political analysis of religion, politics, and policies in Europe and the United States that foster this illiberal rebellion.

The structure of this event will be about 45 minutes of discussion with Dr. Elcott followed by audience Q&A and, if time permits, small break out groups where YOU can meet some new folks and discuss what you just heard.

Manny's never turns away anyone for lack of funds. To receive a complementary ticket just email the word "grapefruit" and the title of this event tomas@welcometomannys.com.

This event will be in person at Manny's but there will also be a Zoom link ticket for those who'd like to tune in digitally from the comfort of their home. Please note that this event will be recorded.

In-person attendees MUST wear face masks and provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination. Go to https://myvaccinerecord.cdph.ca.gov/ to acquire a digital vaccine record.

About David Elcott, Ph.D.:

Dr. David Elcott is the Taub Professor of Practice in Public Service and Leadership at the Wagner School of Public Service at NYU and faculty director of the Advocacy and Political Action specialization at Wagner. A 2013 recipient of NYU's Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Faculty Award, Professor Elcott has spent the last thirty years at the intersection of community building, the search for a theory of cross-boundary engagement, and interfaith and ethnic organizing and activism.

Over the past twelve years, Dr. Elcott has worked to build a robust training program of community organizing and advocacy campaigns housed at Wagner to effectively address the pressing domestic and international issues we face. He has mediated conflicts between and among religious communities in the U.S. and around the world, finding collaborations and solutions on issues as diverse as posthumous Mormon Baptisms, financing the World Lutheran Federation’s hospital in Jerusalem, the conflicts over The Passion of the Christ and Israeli-Palestinian issues with many members of the National Council of Churches and the Catholic Church while working with Israelis and Palestinians on non-violent activism. He also engages German and Jewish religious leaders on reconciliation. He led a major immigration action at the Arizona-Mexican border and helped organize national demonstrations for immigration reform.

His present research is focused in a number of inter-related areas: (1) addressing how religious leaders can constructively affect civil discourse and democracy and create positive religious involvement in civic affairs; (2) exploring the intersections of social identity, teamwork, marginalization and grit; (3) mobilizing the Baby-Boomer cohort for enhanced civic engagement and encore professional and volunteer careers in public service; and, (4) numerous articles and monographs on religion and politics, power and war, minority civic engagement, and cross-cultural pluralism.


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