Posted on January 9, 2018 by Chester Ronning Centre

Join us on Wed March 14 at 12:00 pm in the Roger Epp Room for a Lunch & Learn with Dr. Clark Banack. This talk will delve into some recent and ongoing political and legal developments that have the potential to fundamentally alter Alberta’s approach to faith-based education. This event is free to attend and open to the public. A $5 lunch is available upon request.

On Wed March 14, from 12:00 – 1:00 pm, join us in the Roger Epp Conference Room for The Future of Faith-Based Education in Alberta, a Lunch & Learn with Dr. Clark Banack. This event is free to attend and open to the public. A $5 lunch is available upon request (students eat free with pre-registration). Please RSVP with Deb at deborah.olafson@ualberta.ca or call 780-679-1626.

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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