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2005-2006 Interfaith Speaker Series: Is There a Place for Religion in Public Space?


This series probed the legal, ethical and cultural issues that emerge when religious symbols or narratives are brought into three cultural landscape: the courthouse, the workplace, and the public school.

The Public School (May 2006)

Conversation with:
Professor Kent Greenawalt, Professor at the Columbia University School of Law and former Deputy Solicitor General of the United States

Reading:
Kent Greenawalt, Teaching About Religion in the Public Schools, 18 Journal of Law & Politics 329 (2002)

The Workplace (January 2006)

Conversation with:
Avi Schick, Esq., Deputy Counsel to the New York Attorney General

Reading:
Richard T. Fotlin, Religious Discrimination in the Workplace: Administration Policy and Practice, in The Test of Our Progress: The Clinton Record on Civil Rights (Report of the Citizens' Commission on Civil Rights, eds., Corrine M. Yu and William L. Taylor)(1999)
Richard T. Fotlin and James D. Standish, Reconciling Faith and Livelihood: Religion in the Workplace and Title VII, Human Rights (ABA) p.19 (Summer 2004)
James A. Sonne, The Perils of Universal Accommodation: The Workplace Religious Freedom Act of 2003 and the Affirmative Action of 147,096,000 Souls, 79 Notre Dame Law Review 1023 (2004)

The Courthouse (September 2005)

Conversation with:
Kevin J. Hasson, Esq., Founder and Chairman of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty

Reading:
Van Orden v. Perry, 545 U.S. 677 (2005)
McCreary County v. American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky, 545 U.S. 844 (2005)