Center for American Political Studies


Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
Harvard University


Sheikh Yasir Qadhi

Sheikh Dr. Yasir Qadhi
Dean of Academic Affairs, Al-Maghrib Institute

Reverend J. Brent Walker

Reverend J. Brent Walker
Executive Director, Baptist Joint
Committee for Religious Liberty

Rabbi Angela Buchdahl
Senior Rabbi, Central Synagogue, New York

Inaugural Symposium of The Ambassador John L. Loeb Jr. Initiative on Religious Freedom and Its Implications

The initiative is a joint undertaking of the Harvard University Center for American Political Studies and the George Washington Institute for Religious Freedom. The program explores the causes, processes and effects of religious freedom in cultures and countries by supporting Harvard student and faculty research on this topic, as well as academic conferences and workshops.

The Inaugural Symposium of the Ambassador John L. Loeb Jr. Initiative on Religious Freedom and Its Implications, was held at Harvard University's Tsai Auditorium May 1, 2014. Read more


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Angela Buchdahl, Brent Walker, Yasir Qadhi guided us through an important conversation about religious freedom in the United States and helped us toward a nuanced understanding of toleration, faith and community. This sort of candid, far-ranging discourse is very much in keeping with what we are building at the Hutchins Center. We were delighted to serve as co-sponsor for this event, and I thank you for providing us with another opportunity for a vibrant collaboration.
- Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Alphonse Fletcher
University Professor Director, the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research