2017 … American Crisis in Civil Liberties & the Role of Religion

St. John’s presents a series on the American crisis in civil liberties and the role of religion.

#2 … Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Forum on Populism, Racism & Civil Liberties:

What are the driving forces behind the far right populist movement?
How much is economics, or frustration, with current politicians?
And, how do we resist a slide towards fascism and protect and enhance civil liberties?
Come hear the views of these eminent authorities:

Ronald Robles Sundstrom

Ronald Robles Sundstrom
is the Philosophy Department Chair at the University of San Francisco and teaches for USF’s African American Studies program and the Master of Public Affairs program, for the Leo T. McCarthy Center of Public Service and the Common Good. His areas of research include political theory, critical social and race theory, and African American and Asian American philosophy. Sundstrom’s publications include: The Browning of America and The Evasion of Social Justice and “Frederick Douglass” from The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.



Tifanni Marie Johnson

Tifanni Marie Johnson
(Ph.D. Candidate UC Berkeley) is the Co-director of H2O Productions, a multi-faceted urban youth arts program. Additionally, she continues as Director of Student Life and an academic advisor at San Francisco’s Leadership High School, where she practices and studies the use of critical pedagogy in urban schools. She pursued Education in her undergraduate studies at the University of California, Berkeley and continued her research within San Francisco State’s Equity & Social Justice graduate program. Johnson’s research spans the areas of schooling and curriculum change, teacher development and retention, critical pedagogy, cultural and ethnic studies and arts.


William Sullivan


William Sullivan is Senior Scholar at the New American Colleges and Universities. He was formerly Senior Scholar at the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Sullivan is co-author of the highly acclaimed study of American civil society– Habits of the Heart and The Good Society. His most recent book is Liberal Learning as a Quest for Purpose.



Co-sponsored by the Ecumenical Peace Institute, The Way Christian Center, and Berkeley Organizing Congregations for Action (BOCA)
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St John’s Forum Populism Racism and Civil Liberties
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#1 … Wednesday, April 12, 2017
Forum on Nationalism & Racism in Nazi Germany & the United States:
Similarities and Differences, Religion’s Proponents and the Resistance

We begin our series with the history of Nazism in Germany and the current danger signs in the United States.
Two distinguished UC professors of history will offer their commentaries with audience discussion. They are


John Connelly

John Connelly

His focus has been on European Political and Social History, Nationalism and Racism.


• From Enemy to Brother: The Revolution in Catholic Teaching on the Jews, “Nazi Racism and the Church: How Converts Showed the Way to Resist,”

• “Gypsies, Homosexuals and Slavs” in John Roth and Peter Hayes, eds., The Holocaust Handbook





David A Hollinger

David A Hollinger

His focus has been on American Religious and Intellectual History, Immigration and Multiculturalism.


• After Cloven Tongues of Fire: Protestant Liberalism in Modern American History

• Science, Jews, and Secular Culture: Studies in Mid-Twentieth-Century American Intellectual History

Co-sponsored by the Ecumenical Peace Institute, Aquarian Minyan, Congregation Beth El,
Beit Yakov, and Berkeley Organizing Congregations for Action (BOCA)
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VIDEO here by Mark Coplan