Symposium On Church & State @ Duquesne University

Kudos to the Catholic, Duquesne University for hosting a symposium on the separation of church and state this Thursday. The event is free but registration is required.

“On Thursday, to explore the issues associated with religion in today’s world, Duquesne University will host its third symposium on Faith and Politics. This year’s theme: “Freedom of — or from — Religion: Understanding the Separation of Church and State.”

“These issues impact on everyone because religion is imbued in our culture and society,” said Mr. Labriola, the acting dean of the McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts.”

There are four primary speakers

Bishop Thomas J. Curry has authored two books on the separation of church and state, both published by Oxford University Press. In Farewell to Christendom: The Future of Church and State in America (2001)

John L. Allen, Jr., is probably best known for “The Word from Rome,” his weekly column in National Catholic Reporter, inprint and online. Mr. Allen has also written for The New York Times, The Nation, The Tablet, and Miami Herald.

Professor Daniel L. Dreisbach specializes in U.S. constitutional law and history, First Amendment law and Church-State relations. He has authored monographs and co-authored, co-edited and contributed to several multiauthor collections. Among his most renowned works are Thomas Jefferson and the Wall of Separation between Church and State (New York University Press, 2002), Religion and Politics in the Early Republic (University Press of Kentucky, 1996) and Real Threat and Mere Shadow: Religious Liberty and the First Amendment (Crossway Books, 1987).

Professor Frank S. Ravitch specializes in constitutional law and law and religion. At present, he is investigating the topic of the treatment of religious objects as legal subjects. His books include Masters of Illusion: The Supreme Court and the Religion Clauses (NYU Press, 2007), etc…

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