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Rather to host panel on church and state, Dec. 8

Former CBS News anchor Dan Rather will host a panel discussion on "Church and State: Separation Anxiety" at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, in the Rockefeller College Common Room.

The event will be taped for broadcasting on "Dan Rather Reports," his program on the HDNet television network. It is open to the public, but tickets are required. Doors will open at 5 p.m., and final seating is at 5:30 p.m.

The panelists will discuss the history of the religion clauses of the First Amendment and give their opinions about how government should interact with religion. The panelists are:

• Christopher Eisgruber, University provost and the Laurance S. Rockefeller Professor of Public Affairs in the Woodrow Wilson School and the University Center for Human Values. Eisgruber is the co-author, with Lawrence Sager, of "Religious Freedom and the Constitution."

• Richard Garnett, associate professor at the University of Notre Dame Law School. Garnett teaches courses in criminal and constitutional law and served as a clerk to former Supreme Court Chief Justice William Rehnquist.

• Holly Hollman, general counsel for the Baptist Joint Committee, an organization serving 14 Baptist denominations that advocates free exercise of religion and minimal state connection to religious institutions.

• Michael McConnell, a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit and one of the country's foremost constitutional law scholars.

Tickets for students, faculty and staff with Princeton University ID cards will be available starting Monday, Dec. 3, at the Frist Campus Center ticket office. The office is open weekdays from noon to 6 p.m. Campus community members may bring up to two PUIDs, but can only pick up one ticket per PUID.

Tickets for the general public, with a limit of two per person, will be available from noon to 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, at the Richardson Auditorium box office while quantities last.

The discussion is sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, the Program in Law and Public Affairs, the University Center for Human Values, the Center for the Study of Religion and the Department of Religion.

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