Event Archive

Audio recordings from regional seminars and events covering a variety of faith issues.

China, Religion & Human Rights

Wednesday, May 14, 2008 at The National Press Club in Washington, D.C.

Fierce debates about human rights and religious freedom in China intensified as the Beijing Olympics drew near. This free seminar equipped journalists to report on these issues during the Olympics and beyond. A podcast from the event is available here.


  • Fenggang Yang is an associate professor of sociology at Purdue University who specializes in religious change in China and its social and political implications.
  • Carol Hamrin is a research professor at George Mason University and senior associate with the Global China Center in Charlottesville, Va. She specializes in religious rights policy issues in China.
  • Ming Wan is professor of government and politics and director of the Global Affairs Program at George Mason University. He is the author of Human Rights in Chinese Foreign Relations: Defining and Defending National Interests.
  • Stephen Angle is associate professor of philosophy at Wesleyan University. He is the author of Human Rights and Chinese Thought: A Cross-Cultural Inquiry and maintains a web page on human rights in China.
  • Bob Dietz is the Asia Program coordinator for the Committee to Protect Journalists, which promotes press freedom worldwide and has published a special report on China and the press for the Olympics.
  • Robert A.F. Thurman is the Jey Tsong Khapa professor of Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Studies in the Department of Religion at Columbia University, president of the Tibet House U.S. and president of the American Institute of Buddhist Studies.


This event was made possible (in part) by a generous grant from the Henry Luce Foundation and with support from the Center on Religion & the Professions.

Covering Islam 101

Religion Newswriters offered its first ever online training series in March 2008 with a general overview of Islam. These sessions are free to journalists. To hear the archives of each seminar, click the links below.

Hear the audio from this event:

Or download it here

Covering Islam & Politics

Hear the audio from this April 2008 event

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Religion & Building Peace

Hear the audio from this October 2008 event:

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Religion and the Military: Intersections & Issues

Hear the audio from this October 2008 event:

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Regional seminar archives

2008: Covering Islam

Washington D.C.

2008: Prayer, politics, pretzels: Covering faith in Pennsylvania

Harrisburg, Pa.

2007: Focus on Faith: Politics & Pop Culture

North Andover, Mass.

2006: Praying at the Polls: The Pivotal Role of Religion in Election 2006

Boston, Mass.

2006: Covering God, Elections, Gays & the Episcopal Church

Columbus, Ohio

These seminars were made possible by a generous grant from the McCormick Foundation.