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    Chen Guangcheng on the 25th Anniversary of Tiananmen Square

    chenAEIOn June 3, Witherspoon Distinguished Senior Fellow Chen Guangcheng gave his first public address ever in English commenting on the 25th Anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre. Chen’s speech recounted the student protests and other events preceding June 4, 1989, when Chinese troops killed unknown numbers of civilians demonstrating peacefully in the main square in central Beijing. Chen pointed out that despite great recent economic progress in China, there has been little political reform Continue reading


    Research Fellow Daniel Mark appointed to U. S. Commission on International Religious Freedom

    The Witherspoon Institute is pleased to announce the appointment of Research Fellow Daniel I. Mark to the U. S. Commission on International Religious Freedom. Mark is an assistant professor of political science at Villanova University, where he teaches political theory, philosophy of law, American government, and politics and religion.  At Villanova, he is a faculty associate of the Matthew J. Ryan Center for the Study of Free Institutions and the Public Good.  Mark holds his BA, MA, and PhD from the Department of Politics at Princeton University, where he was affiliated with the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions, the Program in Law and Public Affairs, and the Penn-Princeton Bioethics Forum. Continue reading


    “Libertad Religiosa” presented to Pope Francis at Christianity and Freedom Conference in Rome

    Libertad Religiosa and Pope Francis Senior Fellow Thomas F. Farr, director of the Religious Freedom Project at Georgetown University’s Berkley Center, presents Pope Francis with a copy of Libertad Religiosa, a Spanish translation of the Witherspoon Institute’s Religious Freedom: Why Now? Defending an Embattled Human Right, at the Vatican, on December 14, 2013.  The pope gave a private audience to the sixty participants in a conference held in Rome titled “Christianity and Freedom: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives,” hosted by the Religious Freedom Project and co-sponsored by the Witherspoon Institute.  Continue reading


    Summer Seminars 2014

    6496Each summer the Institute organizes a program of intensive seminars exploring vital moral questions in social, philosophical, legal, and political thought. These small seminars are led by some of the leading scholars from the United States and Great Britain, and they constitute the core of the Institute’s effort to encourage and inform outstanding young men and women at the high school, undergraduate, graduate, and professional levels who aspire to careers in the academy, public service, religious leadership and advocacy. Continue reading