Why Religious Literacy Matters for Business Professionals
Presentation by Barbara McGraw, J.D., Ph.D.
Date & Time:
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM Thursday, October 20, 2016, 7:00 PM
McNeely Hall, room 100
University of St. Thomas St. Paul campus
Dr. Barbara McGraw founded and directs the first and still only interfaith leadership program housed within a school of business in the U.S. In this conversation, Dr. McGraw will discuss this program at her home institution of Saint Mary's College of California, the core competencies it strives to instill in its graduates, and why she believes religious literacy is crucial for navigating the professional world.
Barbara McGraw, J.D., Ph.D. is the director of the Center for Engaged Religious Pluralism, founder and director of the Interfaith Leadership Minor, and professor of social ethics, law and public life in the School of Liberal Arts and School of Economics and Business Administration at Saint Mary's College in Moraga, California. Before becoming an academic, she was a corporate finance attorney with the famed international law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher, and Flom. Dr. McGraw holds a J.D. and a Ph.D. in religion and social ethics, both from the University of Southern California. She served as the president of the American Academy of Religion (AAR) Western Region from 2001-2002, is the recipient of the Hindu American Foundation's Mahatma Gandhi Award for the Advancement of Religious Pluralism, is a member of the Bar of the United States Supreme Court, and is an Affiliate of The Pluralism Project at Harvard University. She is also an activist for prison inmates' religious rights and for fair representation of the world's religions in California K-12 textbooks. Recently, she served on AAR's standing Committee for the Public Understanding of Religion 2011-2015. She is the editor of the Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Religion and Politics in the U.S. (2016), and lead co-editor (with Jo Renee Formicola) of and contributor to Taking Religious Pluralism Seriously: Spiritual Politics on America's Sacred Ground (2005). Other authored publications include Rediscovering America’s Sacred Ground: Public Religion and Pursuit of the Good in a Pluralistic America (2003), and (with Robert S. Ellwood) Many Peoples, Many Faiths: Women and Men in the World Religions (1999-2014).