David E. Smith, a religious studies expert, will speak on the subject of “Religion and Human Rights: Allies or Enemies” on April 30 at Lynnwood Library, 19200 44th Ave. W.
The 7 p.m. event is free and open to the public.
Smith will explore the complex and confusing dynamics that exist between religion and human rights in a rapidly changing society. He raises the question: Does religion support human rights, or prevent society from recognizing the rights of all of its members? He notes that Washington has been at the forefront of pertinent social issues, including legalization of marijuana, physician-aided dying and the recognition of same-sex marriage.
Smith, a Bellevue resident, holds a Ph.D. in religious studies from Temple University. For the past decade he has been a lecturer, assistant professor, and associate professor of philosophy and religious studies. He currently teaches at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Washington. He is a former public relations officer with an urban police department in Virginia.
His presentation is sponsored by Sno-Isle Libraries and Humanities Washington. Humanities Washington, humanities.org, sparks conversation and critical thinking using story as a catalyst, nurturing thoughtful and engaged communities across our state.
The Lynnwood Library is located at 19200 44th Ave. W., Lynnwood.