Community and Belonging in Fracturing Societies

On February 9, 2021 CGM hosted a discussion exploring whether global efforts to promote liberalism and universal human rights have led to a tragic loss of community. Adam Seligman (Religious Studies, Boston University) and David Montgomery (Government and Politics, University of Maryland) made this argument in their provocative piece, The Tragedy of Human Rights: Liberalism and the Loss of Belonging. This article generated more than a dozen responses, including one by John Holmwood (Sociology, University of Nottingham)A Postcolonial Defense of Multicultural Equality. These three scholars joined CGM for a thought-provoking conversation about the difficulties living with and tolerating difference and learning to trust members of different communities.  


Adam Seligman is Professor of Religion at Boston University and Director of CEDAR--Communities Engaging with Difference and Religion.

David Montgomery is Associate Research Professor of Government and Politics at University of Maryland and Director of Program Development of CEDAR--Communities Engaging with Difference and Religion.

John Holmwood is emeritus Professor of Sociology and Social Policy at University of Nottingham and Senior Researcher in the Centre for Science Technology and Society Studies of the Institute for Philosophy at the Czech Academy of Science.

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