Beliefs Scholars seek to reclaim a dirty word: secularism By Kimberly Winston | February 22, 2013 ShareTweet EmailPrint More More on Beliefs Subscribe to Beliefs Jacques Berlinerblau, Director & Associate Professor of Jewish Civilization at Georgetown University has a new book coming out in September called “How to Be Secular: A Call to Arms for Religious Freedom”. Berlinerblau was photographed at Georgetown University in Washington, DC on Sept. 6, 2012. RNS photo by Jay Premack Active RNS subscribers and members can view this content by logging-in here.(RNS) A conference at Georgetown University this week focused on cleaning up what many Americans consider a dirty word: secularism. The goal of the "Secularism on the Edge" conference was, in part, to define what secularism is and what it is not.