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Symposium reflects on religious liberty

Thursday, Oct. 30, 2008, 10:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. 219 Burr Hall

Scholars of law, religion and public affairs will convene at Princeton for a symposium titled "Reflections on Religious Liberty" from 10:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30, in 219 Burr Hall.

The event marks the 400th anniversary of the journey of some 100 British citizens who fled to Holland in 1608 in the face of religious persecution. Some members of that separatist group later became the Mayflower Pilgrims who settled the Plymouth colony in America in 1620 in their quest for religious liberty from Britain's state church.

In honor of this anniversary, speakers at the symposium will reflect on the status of religious freedom around the world, asking what has gone wrong for millions of people whose freedom has been violated and taking a closer look at instances where religious freedom thrives.

The event is sponsored by the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions, the Program in Contemporary European Politics and Society, the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and the Center on Religion and the Constitution at the Witherspoon Institute.

For more information, visit the Madison Program website.

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