An Extraordinary Line-up of Speakers for 8th World Congress

Some 50 presenters—scholars, lawyers, advocates, government officials and religious leaders—from around the world will bring a wealth of experience and expertise to the 8th World Congress for Religious Freedom, which begins August 22 in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

Organizers for the 8th World Congress are calling this year’s line-up of speakers the most diverse in the history of the event. Presenters represent more than twenty nationalities, and include representatives of major world religions, along with internationally renowned scholars and authors, public officials, religious freedom advocates, and members of the international Nongovernmental Organization community.

Dr. Ganoune Diop, Secretary General of the International Religious Liberty Association, says that each presenter will contribute a unique perspective to the key issue of the Congress—religious freedom and the hope for peaceful coexistence.

Among religious leaders speaking at the Congress are Ted N.C. Wilson, president of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, and Rev. César García, General Secretary of the Mennonite World Conference. Scholars include renowned academic and author W. Cole Durham, Jr. from Brigham Young University, and David Little, a research fellow at Georgetown University’s Berkley Center, and a leading authority on the history of religious freedom, ethics and human rights. Advocates include Asma T. Uddin, founding editor-in-chief of the Muslim-issues site and Director of Strategy for the Center for Islam and Religious Freedom. Also speaking will be Knox Thames, Special Advisor for Religious Minorities in the Near East and South/Central Asia at the U.S. Department of State.

For a more detailed, and still growing, list of Congress speaker biographies, go to

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BETTINA KRAUSE | Communication Director
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