Democracy Reimagined: Having a Say in Our Futures

Pacific School of Religion’s 2020 Professors of Practice brings global leaders on Artificial Intelligence, Business & Social Responsibility, and Arts and Race into transformative conversation

Engaging the vital theme of democracy, the Professor of Practice Series kicks off at Pacific School of Religion in Spring 2020. Joining our faculty for this program will be industry experts Kenneth “Hap” Klopp, co-founder of The North Face; Rumman Chowdhury, the Global Lead for Responsible Artificial Intelligence at Accenture; and Jeff Chang, Vice President of Narrative, Arts, and Culture at Race Forward.

Registering for the Professor of Practice Series

Professors of Practice events are open to the public.  You can register for a single event or for a sequence of them for CEUs or academic credit.  Keep checking for updates on elements of the series that will be available on-line, both live and archived.

Join us for the free “Democracy Reimagined” Launch Event!
Wednesday, Feb 05
6:00 PM |  Badé Museum

We welcome you for an evening of fascinating conversation with all three of our Professors of Practice on Wednesday, February 5. This event will give you an overview of our program and a chance to meet and mingle.

This event is free but we encourage you to register online.

Creating Democracy: Digital Technologies and Disenfranchised Communities
Wednesdays, Feb 12, 19, 26, and Mar 04
6:00 PM |  Badé Museum

Explore the “datafication” of our lives and its effect on democratic expression through the role of smart cities in enabling or disabling democratic processes. Our conversation will start with the act of creating, storing and using data, and how the nature of data has changed with algorithmic systems.

Please join Professor of Practice Rumman Chowdhury in discussion about the creation of smart cities and connected homes, and an understanding of the local and global development of the surveillance state. This course will evoke critical thinking, reflection, and discuss the direction and possible redirection of the digitized self to embrace and enable democracy.

Practicing Democracy: Civility vs. Outrage in Contemporary Political Debates and Strategies
Wednesday, March 11, March 18 (ONLINE), and Wednesdays, April 01, 08
6:00 PM | Badé Museum

Is there a dearth of civility in our political sphere? Does outrage have a place in democratic conversations? This course will grapple with these seeming opposites by discussing the increasing polarization of contemporary society and explore the impacts of civility and outrage as alternative ways to address these problems.

Each session with Professor of Practice Kenneth “Hap” Klopp will allow the audience to debate present day issues, challenges, and conflicts affecting the way people have a say in their own future such as political representation, labor conditions, environment, privacy and security etc. within modern democracies from a variety of theoretical perspectives.

Living Democracy: Art and Culture
Wednesday, Apr 15, 22, 29, and May 06
6:00 PM | Badé Museum

Art and religion are often thought of as transcending the social and the political. Indeed, art that expresses a point-of-view about politics is often derided as propaganda, or, by definition, impure and of poor quality. This course starts from the recognition that art, like spirituality, is not neutral. Indeed, many artists think of their practice as essential to democracy, as central to the formation of the expression of popular will. In this course, we go further to deeply examine the way that local artists think and implement their creative practice to confront inequity and urge people to move towards racial justice.

Professor of Practice Jeff Chang is honored to have the opportunity to invite four different artists, and to interrogate and advance their own creative practice.

Meet the Professors of Practice

About the Professor of Practice Series

Cross-Sector Events, Public Course, and Earl Lectures

Through public events held on campus every Wednesday in the Spring, PSR’s Professors of Practice will engage in cross-sector discussion about how we reimagine democracy and ensure everyone has a say in shaping a future where all can thrive. Additionally, the 2020 Earl Lectures, on April 18, will feature this year’s Professors of Practice. All presentations will take place on the PSR campus and are open to the public.

Professor of Pratice Events at a Glance

Kick-off Event for Professor of Practice Series with Rumman Chowdhury, Hap Klopp, Jeff Chang
February 5, 2020 | Badè Museum

Register here for this free event.

Earl Lecture 2020 with John Dominic Crossan
March 18, 7:00 pm | Zaytuna College

“Divine Violence in the Christian Bible”
This lecture will be the opening session for the 35th anniversary of the Jesus Seminar, whose inaugural meeting was held at PSR in 1985. The lecture will take place in the Zaytuna College sanctuary (directly across from the PSR Campus at 2401 Le Conte Ave, Berkeley, CA 94709) and will be immediately followed by a reception in the Badè Museum.

Earl Lecture 2020: Day Long Conference and Alumni Awards Banquet
Democracy Reimagined
April 18, 2020 | Badè Museum
Featuring PSR’s Professors of Practice: Rumman Chowdhury, Kenneth “Hap” Klopp, and Jeff Chang

Closing Event with Professors of Practice with Rumman Chowdhury, Hap Klopp, Jeff Chang
May 5, 2020 | Badè Museum