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The 2019 Harold J. Berman Forum in Law and Religion will feature four public lectures by internationally renowned scholars on the topic “Pursuing the Common Good: Constitutional Values, Human Diversity, and the Challenge of Pluralism.”
On February 18, Douglas Laycock, Robert E. Scott Distinguished Professor of Law and Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Virginia, will deliver the lecture, “The Broader Implications of Masterpiece Cakeshop.”
On March 25, Stanley Fish, Davidson-Kahn Distinguished University Professor of Humanities and Law at Florida International University, will deliver the lecture, “Liberalism, Pluralism and the Religion Clause: A Total Mess.”
On March 26, Jonathan L. Walton, Plummer Professor of Christian Morals and Pusey Minister in the Memorial Church and Professor of Religion and Society at Harvard University will deliver the lecture, “Freedom for What? The Underside of Religious Protections in the Black Freedom Struggle.”
On March 27, Mona Siddiqui, Professor of Islamic and Interreligious Studies at University of Edinburgh, will deliver the lecture “Doing God in Europe: The Limits of Law and Pluralism.”
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Lecture Spotlight: Currie 2018
Andra Gillespie, associate professor of political science at Emory, discusses "Political Religion in the Age of Trump" at the 2018 Currie Lecture. Lectures and conferences at CSLR attract scholars, theologians, and legal practitioners from around the world as well as faculty members here at Emory. Over the years, CSLR has welcomed Former President Jimmy Carter, His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama, and Archbishop Desmond Tutu.
Author Spotlight: Rafael Domingo
Rafael Domingo, Spruill Family Research Professor, has co-edited Great Christian Jurists in Spanish History (Cambridge University Press, 2018) with Javier Martínez-Torrón and written Roman Law: An Introduction (Routledge, 2018). Domingo also serves as professor of law and research professor at the Institute of Culture and Society at the University of Navarra. A specialist in legal history, legal theory, ancient Roman law, and comparative law, he has published more than 20 books and 50 articles.
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Witte to deliver 2020 Gifford Lectures
John Witte Jr. has been invited as a Gifford Lecturer for 2020, a celebratory year that marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Scottish jurist Adam Lord Gifford, founder of the esteemed lecture series begun in 1888. The Gifford Lectures are considered among the world’s most prestigious academic forums on religion, philosophy, and theology.
Douglas Laycock completes five volumes on religious liberty
Douglas Laycock has completed his comprehensive treatment of religious liberty in five volumes published in the Emory University Studies in Law and Religion Series at Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.