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Religious Toleration after 9/11
Conference program

Participant biographies







  • Links to panel papers (password required)




  • Thursday, April 12

    5:00-6:30 p.m. Opening and keynote

    Introductory remarks
  • David R. Mapel, Director, Keller Center for the Study of the First Amendment


  • Muslims and Catholics in the American Constitutional Order: Religious Tolerance after 9/11
  • William A. Galston, Brookings Institution


  • Friday, April 13

    8:45-10:30 a.m. Religion and Liberal Neutrality in Theory

    Nowhere to Stand: The Irresistible Illusion of Religious Neutrality
  • Steven D. Smith, University of San Diego


  • Freedom of Thought, Religion, and Liberal Neutrality
  • Lucas A. Swaine, Dartmouth College


  • Commentator: Adam Hosein, Department of Philosophy


    10:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Religion and Marriage

    Marriage as a Fundamental Right
  • Emily R. Gill, Bradley University


  • Marriage, the State and a Liberal Case for Their Divorce
  • Tamara Metz, Reed College


  • Commentator: Michaele Ferguson, Department of Political Science


    1:30-3:15 p.m. Religious Minorities

    Free Exercise of Religion in Germany and the U.S.
  • Edward J. Eberle, Roger Williams University


  • Ten Years after 9/11: Religious Freedom and American Muslim Women
  • Hilal Elver, University of California Santa Barbara


  • Commentator: Horst Mewes, Department of Political Science


    Saturday, April 14


    8:45-10:30 a.m. Religion and Liberal Neutrality in Practice

    Toleration and Claims of Conscience
  • Kent Greenawalt, Columbia University


  • How Should Liberal Democracies Respond to Faith Based Groups that Advocate Discrimination? State Funding, Non-Profit Status, and Religion
  • Corey Brettschneider, Brown University


  • Commentator: David Leitch, Department of Political Science, California State University Northridge


    10:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Religion and Neutrality in Historical Context

    Establishing Neutrality?
  • Donald L. Drakeman, Cambridge University


  • The Myth of American Religious Freedom
  • David Sehat, Georgia State University


  • Commentator: Robert Nagel, School of Law


    All events to be held at the Institute for Behavioral Science (IBS), 1440 15th St., Boulder.


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