Panel to Discuss Future of Religion and Politics at Kennedy School Forum

Contact: Doug Gavel
Phone: 617-495-1115
Date: April 15, 2005

Cambridge, MA — A panel of experts will consider the future of the Catholic Church under new leadership during a Forum discussion April 20 at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. "The Pope and the Future of Religion and Politics" will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge.

Panelists include:

. Mary Jo Bane, professor of public policy and management, Kennedy School of Government; former assistant secretary for children and families at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (1993-96)

. Father Bryan Hehir, professor of the practice of religion and public life, Kennedy School of Government; secretary for social services and the president of Catholic Charities in the Archdiocese of Boston

. Richard Parker, lecturer in public policy and senior fellow of the Shorenstein Center, Kennedy School

. Jim Wallis, editor, Sojourner's Magazine; author, "God's Politics: Why the Right Gets It Wrong and the Left Doesn't Get It" (2005)

. David Gergen, (moderator), director, Center for Public Leadership, Kennedy School

This discussion is co-sponsored by the Institute of Politics and the Kennedy School's Catholic Caucus, Muslim Caucus, Jewish Caucus, and the Kennedy School's Christian Fellowship.

Reporters interested in covering the Forum should contact the Kennedy School Communications Office at (617) 495-1115 to reserve space on the press riser.

Front page photo: AP/OSSERVATORE ROMANO

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