Whether or not graduates plan to walk at Commencement on Saturday, May 11, they must complete the Graduation Application to be considered for graduation. Fill out the Graduation Application here: https://thekingscollege.formstack.com/forms/graduationapplication. Contact: email@example.com For more information, visit the Commencement webpage and click on the Information download: https://www.tkc.edu/commencement/
Graduates nominate and elect a peer from their class to close out their journey at The King’s College during the Award Ceremony on Friday, May 10. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org For more information, visit the Commencement webpage and click on the Information download: https://www.tkc.edu/commencement/
Join us Saturday, February 23 at 7:00 PM in the City Room for the third annual Starlight Art Night! A Black History Month celebration, this year’s theme is Black Theater. Tickets will be on sale in the Fishbowl February 18-22 for just $4. We’ll see you there!
Contact: email@example.com The House Namesake Competition takes place at Regal Union Square Theatre: 850 Broadway, New York, NY 10003 Tuesday, February 26. Doors open at 6:45 PM.
Please join The King’s College on Wednesday evening, February 27, for a panel discussion at the Princeton Club in Manhattan, co-sponsored by The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty. REGISTER HERE.
What does the future of religious liberty in America look like? Are we entering a golden age of religious liberty or are we on the brink of severe restriction of our most fundamental rights? Who better to answer these questions than the rabbi of the oldest Jewish congregation in the U.S., a distinguished Harvard lecturer on the ecumenical Black Church, an Iranian-born Catholic convert, and the CEO of the nation’s most successful religious-liberty law firm? The speakers will share their views on the state of religious liberty in the United States and what we must do to advance our common cause.
Sohrab Ahmari, op-ed editor of the New York Post and a contributing editor of the Catholic Herald
William Mumma, CEO and Board Chairman of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty
Dr. Jacqueline Rivers, lecturer at Harvard University and Executive Director of the Seymour Institute on Black Church and Policy Studies
Rabbi Dr. Meir Y. Soloveichik, Rabbi at Congregation Shearith Israel and Director of the Zahava and Moshael Straus Center for Torah and Western Thought at Yeshiva University
Dr. Joseph Loconte, Associate Professor of History at The King's College and formerly the Heritage Foundation's William E. Simon Fellow in Religion and a Free Society
Becket is the preeminent law firm defending religious freedom in the United States, known for the landmark Supreme Court victories Burwell v. Hobby Lobby (2014); the Little Sisters of the Poor in Zubik v. Burwell (2016); and Hosanna-Tabor v. EECO (2012), named the most important religious liberty case in a half-century by the Wall Street Journal.
6:30 PM - Reception Begins
7:30 PM - Event Begins
9:00 PM - Event Concludes
Visiting the Princeton Club
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Meet the Panel
Sohrab Ahmari, Panelist
Sohrab Ahmari is the op-ed editor of the New York Post and a contributing editor of the Catholic Herald. Previously, he served as a columnist and editor with the Wall Street Journal opinion pages in New York and London, and as senior writer at Commentary magazine. His memoir of Catholic conversion, From Fire, by Water, is out now from Ignatius Press. His writing has also appeared in the New York Times, the Times Literary Supplement, the Chronicle of Higher Education, the Weekly Standard, First Things, Dissent and America, and many others. He has testified before the British Parliament and appears regularly on broadcast media on both sides of the Atlantic, including the BBC, Sky News, France 24, Deutsche Welle, EWTN and the Fox News Channel. Born in Tehran, Iran, he lives with his wife and son in Manhattan.
William P. Mumma, Panelist
William Mumma is CEO and Board Chairman of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty. He has served as a full-time volunteer in this role since 2011. He ended a 30 year career on Wall Street as CEO of Mitsubishi UFJ Securities (USA), with prior executive roles at Nomura Securities International and the Bankers Trust Company. Mr. Mumma is also currently serving as Trustee on the boards of the Witherspoon Institute, FOCUS (The Fellowship of Catholic University Students) and PRAF (Patients Rights Action Fund). He has degrees from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and Columbia University Business School. Mr. Mumma lives in Summit, New Jersey with his wife Kathy, to whom he has been happily married since 1983, and has six children and ten grandchildren.
Dr. Jacqueline Rivers, Panelist
Jacqueline C. Rivers is a Doctoral Fellow in the Multidisciplinary Program in Inequality and Social Policy of the J. F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard Kennedy School, and is a Graduate Research Fellow of the National Science Foundation. She is also the Executive Director of the Seymour Institute on Black Church and Policy Studies, which seeks to create and promote a philosophical, political and theological framework for a pro-poor, pro-life, pro-family movement within the ecumenical Black Church both domestically and internationally. The key initiative of the Seymour Institute is the Program on Bioethics, Human Life and Marriage which will assert and defend the right of the church to pursue the practice of biblical faith and promote in society the sanctity of human life and the correct understanding of marriage as a conjugal partnership of husband and wife.
Rabbi Dr. Meir Y. Soloveichik, Panelist
Rabbi Dr. Meir Y. Soloveichik is Director of the Zahava and Moshael Straus Center for Torah and Western Thought at Yeshiva University and rabbi at Congregation Shearith Israel in Manhattan, the oldest Jewish congregation in America. He graduated summa cum laude from Yeshiva College, and was ordained by Yeshiva's seminary. In 2010, he received his doctorate in religion from Princeton University. After being named the 2018 Canterbury Medalist by Becket, Rabbi Soloveichik reflected, "Religious freedom is the philosophical lynchpin of what lies at the heart of American ideals." He has lectured throughout the United States, in Europe, and in Israel to both Jewish and non-Jewish audiences on topics relating to Jewish theology, bioethics, religious freedom, wartime ethics, and Jewish-Christian relations. His essays on these subjects have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Commentary, First Things, and The Weekly Standard.
Professor Joseph Loconte, Moderator
Dr. Joseph Loconte is an Associate Professor of History at The King’s College in New York City, where he teaches courses on Western Civilization, U.S. Foreign Policy, and International Human Rights. His previous roles include Senior Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, D.C., chair in religion and civil society as the William E. Simon Fellow at the Heritage Foundation, and Distinguished Visiting Professor at the School of Public Policy at Pepperdine University. Loconte has published in the Wall Street Journal, National Geographic, Weekly Standard, CNN.com, National Review, Providence, Washington Post, and many others. He is the author of several books including the New York Times bestseller A Hobbit, a Wardrobe, and a Great War: How J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis Rediscovered Faith, Friendship, and Heroism in the Cataclysm of 1914-1918 (HarperCollins, 2015).
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This event is co-sponsored by The King's College and The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty.
Join The King’s College community as we hear from Dr. Dru Johnson's regarding his newest book, Human Rights, The Power of Rituals, Habits, and Sacraments, from 12:15 PM to 1:15 PM in the 5th Floor City Room. Doors open at 12:00 PM., and lunch is provided. REGISTER HERE.
ABOUT DRU JOHNSON
Dr. Johnson teaches Biblical literature, theology, and biblical interpretation at The King’s College. He is an editor for the Routledge Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Biblical Criticism series, an associate director for the Jewish Philosophical Theology Project at The Herzl Institute in Israel; and a co-host for the OnScript Podcast.
Dr. Johnson has held research fellowships at the University of Saint Andrews (Scotland, 2017–18), Shalem Institute for Advanced Studies (Jerusalem, 2013), and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (Henry Institute, 2018). He currently serves on the steering committee of the Scripture and Church Seminar in the Institute for Biblical Research and was formerly the chair and co-founder of the Hebrew Bible and Philosophy program in the Society for Biblical Literature (2014–16).
Before academia, he served two years active duty and five years in the reserves of the U.S. Air Force—involved in counter-narcotics operations in the Amazon basin of Colombia from 1993–98. Working in I.T. from college through seminary, he then served for ten years as a pastor in St. Louis, Missouri and Saint Andrews (Scotland). He has taught in Western Kenya, Brazil, and the UK. He is ordained as a minister in the Evangelical Presbyterian Church. He and his wife have four children.
ABOUT HUMAN RITES, THE POWER OF RITUALS, HABITS, AND SACRAMENTS
What are we doing when we gather around the sacraments— or when we make the same breakfast every morning? Embodying rituals, says Dru Johnson. And until we understand what we’re doing and why, we won’t know how these rituals work, what they mean, or how we might adapt them.
In Human Rites Johnson considers the concept of ritual as seen in Scripture and its role in shaping our thinking. He colorfully illustrates both the mundane and the sacred rituals that penetrate all of life, offering not only a helpful introduction to rituals but also a framework for understanding them. As he unpacks how rituals pervade every area of our lives, Johnson suggests biblical ways to focus our use of rituals, habits, and sacraments so that we can see the world more truly through them.
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