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Symposium planned on Eisgruber book, March 9

A symposium focusing on "Religious Freedom and the Constitution," a book co-written by Princeton Provost Christopher Eisgruber, is planned for 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Friday, March 9, in 101 McCormick Hall.

Three scholars will comment on the book, published this year by Harvard University Press, and then Eisgruber will respond.

Participating will be: Marci Hamilton, who holds the Paul R. Verkuil Chair in Public Law at Yeshiva University's Cardozo School of Law; Erik Mazur, associate professor and chair of religion at Bucknell University; and Winnifred Sullivan, associate professor of law and director of the law and religion program at the State University of New York-Buffalo Law School.

Eisgruber wrote "Religious Freedom and the Constitution" with Lawrence Sager, dean of the law school at the University of Texas-Austin. The authors offer an understanding of religious freedom called "equal liberty" that is guided by two principles: that no one within the reach of the Constitution ought to be devalued on account of the spiritual foundation of their commitments; and that all persons should enjoy broad rights of free speech, personal autonomy, associative freedom and private property. With "equal liberty" as their guide, the authors offer practical terms for the settlement of many hot-button issues that have plunged religious freedom into controversy.

Eisgruber is the Laurance S. Rockefeller Professor of Public Affairs in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and the University Center for Human Values. From 2001 to 2004, he served as director of Princeton's Program in Law and Public Affairs.

The symposium, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the Center for the Study of Religion.

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