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Panel Discussion on "Becoming Unorthodox"

Nov 12, 2014  ·  4:30 p.m. 6:00 p.m.  ·  TBA

A Panel Discussion on "Becoming Unorthodox: Stories of Ex-Hasidic Jews," featuring Leora Batnitzky, Ronald O. Perelman Professor of Jewish Studies, Professor of Religion; Hendrik Hartog, Class of 1921 Bicentennial Professor in the History of American Law and Liberty, Director, Program in American Studies; and Stanley Katz, Lecturer with rank of Professor in Public and International Affairs, Woodrow Wilson School.  With a response by author Lynn Davidman, Beren Distinguished Professor of Modern Jewish Studies, University of Kansas.

Taken on Faith: the Concept of Religion in First Amendment Jurisprudence

Nov 20, 2014  ·  12:15 p.m. 1:15 p.m.  ·  5 Ivy Lane

A Crossroads of Religion and Politics Lecture by Jesse Covington. Professor Covington, the 2014-15 William E. Simon Fellow in Religion and Public Life in the James Madison Program, is Associate Professor of Political Science at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, CA, where he teaches and writes in the fields of political theory and constitutional law. His research interests focus on the First Amendment, political theology, and the foundations of political liberalism. He recently co-edited Natural Law and Evangelical Political Thought, to which he contributed a chapter on St. Augustine and natural law. As a visiting fellow with the James Madison Program, he will be working on a manuscript provisionally titled Taken on Faith: The Concept of Religion in First Amendment Jurisprudence. He is also engaged in an ongoing collaborative project on evangelical political thought. He earned an MA and PhD in Political Science from the University of Notre Dame and an MAR in Religion at Westminster Theological Seminary.

Crossroads of Religion and Politics Discussion with Randall Balmer

Dec 2, 2014  ·  12:15 p.m. 1:30 p.m.  ·  Robertson Hall, Bowl 016