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To inauguate its new three-year research project, The Center for Civil & Human Rights, in partnership with the Religious Freedom Project at Georgetown University, will hold a public symposium to discuss the responses of Christian communities across the globe facing persecution.

The project, titled “Under Caesar’s Sword,” aims to document and understand the ways in which Christian communities deal with the violent suppression of their rights. Recently awarded a $1.1 million grant from the Templeton Religion Trust, CCHR and RFP will host a panel of experts on religious freedom at Notre Dame Law School. These experts, along with many others, will set out across the globe in the next year to investigate the varied methods by which Christian communities respond to repression, from complex diplomacy to simple flight.

Scheduled to appear at the symposium are:

  • Mariz Tadros, Sussex University (Egypt, Libya, Israel/Palestine)
  • Karrie Koesel, University of Oregon (Russia)
  • Joshua Landis, University of Oklahoma (Syria and Iraq)
  • Fr. Bob Dowd, University of Notre Dame (Nigeria, Sudan, Eritrea, Somalia)
  • Fenggang Yang, Purdue University (China)

More information about the research project can be found here.


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