Religious Liberty Expert to Speak at Laura Blanche Jackson Endowed Lectureship in World Issues

Oct. 21, 2016
Timothy ShahTimothy Shah, Ph.D., courtesy photo

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WACO, Texas (Oct. 21, 2016) — Religious liberty expert Timothy Shah, Ph.D., of Georgetown University will present the Laura Blanche Jackson Endowed Lectureship in World Issues on Tuesday, Oct. 25 at Baylor University.

The lecture is titled, “Religious Freedom in a World of Religious Fervor: The Human Rights issue of the Twenty-First Century,” and will be presented at 7 p.m. in the Foyer of Meditation, Armstrong Browning Library, 710 Speight Ave.

Shah is the associate director of the Religious Freedom Project at the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs and serves as associate professor of the practice of religion and global politics in the department of government at Georgetown University.

Shah is co-author of God’s Century: Resurgent Religion and Global Politics, editor of an Oxford University Press series on “Evangelical Christianity and Democracy in the Global South” and co-editor of two series covering issues related to Christianity and religious freedom.

"We are delighted to host Dr. Timothy Shah, the latest in a long line of distinguished speakers for the Laura Blanche Jackson Memorial Lecture,” said Thomas S. Hibbs, Ph.D., dean of the Honors College, director of the Baylor in Washington, D.C. program, and Distinguished Professor of Ethics and Culture. “Shah is an expert on both domestic and global religious liberty with particular expertise on religion in India. Deeply learned, he is an engaging speaker, whose talk will be both accessible to undergraduates and edifying for faculty."

The Laura Blanche Jackson Lectureship in World Affairs was created by Laura Jackson's family and many friends in memory of her life. Jackson was involved on Baylor's campus as a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma and Student Foundation before her graduation in 1985. After Baylor, Jackson served on numerous campaign staffs for state and local political candidates. Later she became the director of marketing for the World Affairs Council of San Antonio.

Following her death in 1992, Jackson's family and friends created the lectureship dedicated to asking the questions and seeking the answers that she was committed to asking and finding in her life.

For more information on the Laura Blanche Jackson Endowed Memorial Lectureship in World Issues, visit the Honors College website.

by Kelsey Dehnel, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805


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