Friday, August 31, 2007

September 20: Symposium on Church-State Issues at Duquesne

Symposium Addresses Separation of Church and State

The First Amendment guarantee of freedom of religion has a long history of interpretation, with implications and consequences ranging far and wide.
School prayer, religious displays near, on or in government buildings, the rights of religious minorities and dissenters, and government funding for private schools are just a few of the issues that spark First Amendment debate.

National experts will explore "Freedom of—or from—Religion: Understanding the Separation of Church and State," at Duquesne University's third annual Faith and Politics Symposium on Thursday, Sept. 20 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Duquesne Room.

The symposium's featured speakers include:
*Bishop Thomas J. Curry, bishop of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, Calif.
*John L. Allen, Jr., journalist, senior correspondent for the National Catholic Reporter and Vatican analyst for CNN and NPR *Daniel L. Dreisbach, professor, department of justice, law and society, American University School of Public Affairs *Frank S. Ravitch, professor, Michigan State University College of Law

Each presentation will be followed by a question and answer session.
Sponsored by the McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts, the event is free and open to the public. Registration is required as space is limited. For details and to register, visit, e-mail or call 412.396.6388.

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