April 4th (Friday)
Luce Hall Auditorium, 34 Hillhouse Avenue

Session 1 • 9:00 am–11:30 am

Welcome & Introduction

Akeel Bilgrami, Columbia University
“Disenchantment: Its History and Consequences”

William Connolly, Johns Hopkins University
“Belief, Spirituality and Time”

commentator: Philip S. Gorski, Yale University

Session 2 • 1:00 pm–3:30 pm

Jon Butler, Yale University
“People, Historians, and the Philosophy Problem”

Colin Jager, Rutgers University
“Charles Taylor’s Romanticism”

commentator: Craig Calhoun, SSRC & New York University

Session 3 • 4:00 pm–6:00 pm

Rajeev Bhargava, Centre for the Study of Developing Societies
“Religious and Secular Identities in a Secular Age”

Simon During, Johns Hopkins University
"Completing Secularism: Mundane Life under Neo-Liberalism"

commentator: Michael Warner, Yale University


April 5th (Saturday)
Levinson Auditorium, Yale Law School, 127 Wall Street

Session 4 • 9:00 am–11:00 am

José Casanova, Georgetown University
“A Secular Age: Dawn or Twilight?”

John Milbank, University of Nottingham
“What is Ordinary Life? Taylor, Catholicism and Modernity”

commentator: Jonathan VanAntwerpen, SSRC & UC Berkeley

Session 5 • 1:00 pm–3:00 pm

Nilüfer Göle, L’École des hautes études en sciences sociales
“Secular Spaces of the Republic”

Courtney Bender, Columbia University
“’…And Every Meaning Shall Have Its Homecoming Festival’:
Enchanted Immanence in a Secular Age”

commentator: Seyla Benhabib, Yale University

Keynote Address • 3:30 pm

Charles Taylor, Northwestern University


Sponsored by the MacMillan Center Initiative on Religion, Politics, and Society, the Social Science Research Council, the Department of English, and the Office of the Provost.

*Image courtesy of Harvard University Press.