Posted on December 20, 2017 by Tia Lalani

Please join us for a Lunch & Learn with Augustana professor Clark Banack on The Future of Faith-Based Education in Alberta. March 14, 2018 12:00 pm Roger Epp Conference Room, Second Floor Forum, Augustana Campus Free Event! $5 lunch is available upon request (free lunch for students with pre-registration) Please register with Deb at debra.olafson@ualberta.ca or call …

Please join us for a Lunch & Learn with Augustana professor Clark Banack on The Future of Faith-Based Education in Alberta.

March 14, 2018

12:00 pm

Roger Epp Conference Room, Second Floor Forum, Augustana Campus

Free Event! $5 lunch is available upon request (free lunch for students with pre-registration)

Please register with Deb at debra.olafson@ualberta.ca or call (780) 679-1626.


The Future of Faith-Based Education in Alberta

State-funded faith-based schools within liberal democracies raise a number of complex questions related to the principle of secularism, the requirements of citizenship, the equal treatment of minority groups, and the rights of parents to insist on the content of their children’s education. A polarizing issue at the best of times, the last few years have witnessed significantly increased public debate with respect to the desirability of continuing to subsidize religious schools in Alberta. This talk will briefly consider “how we got here,” before delving into some recent and ongoing political and legal developments that have the potential to fundamentally alter Alberta’s approach to faith-based education.

 

Clark Banack is an Adjunct Professor of Political Studies and a Senior Research Associate with the Alberta Centre for Sustainable Rural Communities and the Chester Ronning Centre for the Study of Religion and Public Life at the Augustana Campus of the University of Alberta.  He holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of British Columbia, is the author of God’s Province: Evangelical Christianity, Political Thought, and Conservatism in Alberta (McGill-Queen’s University Press), and is currently working on a SSHRC-funded project exploring provincial approaches to religious education in Canada.


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