Event: Roosevelt Lecture on 16 May 2018
On Wednesday 16 May 2018 at 4:30 pm the RIAS and the Roosevelt Foundation will host Karen Armstrong for a special Roosevelt Lecture to accompany the 2018 Four Freedoms Awards.
In our troubled world, religion is often seen as part of the problem rather than the solution; it is often assumed to be essentially intolerant of difference and inherently aggressive. Freedom of religion is, of course, one of the Four Freedoms enunciated so clearly by President Roosevelt. But it is always useful to look closely at the terms used to discuss such issues, and that is what Karen Armstrong proposes to do in this lecture.
Karen Armstrong OBE is a historian of religion, whose books have been translated into forty-five languages. They include, A History of God, which was an international bestseller; Islam: A Short History; A Short History of Myth; The Spiral Staircase: A Memoir; and most recently Fields of Blood: Religion and the History of Violence.
In 2008 she was awarded the Franklin D. Roosevelt Freedom of Worship Medal.