religious freedom in the 21st century

Religious Freedom in the 21st Century

Claremont Graduate University
March 25-26, 2016
Sponsored by the Drs. Oi-Lin and Tei-Fu Chen Family and
the Howard W. Hunter Foundation

All sessions free and open to the public.

Note for lawyers attending:
Ten hours MCLE [California] and CLE [Utah] credits,
including Elimination of Bias, pending approval.

What does it mean to be religious and free in the 21st century? Rarely have debates over religious liberty occupied such a prominent place in domestic and international law and politics as in recent years. Featuring a distinguished international lineup of intellectually diverse scholars and other experts, this conference will reflect on the concept, definition, application, and many complexities of religious freedom in our modern world, both in the United States and abroad.


Friday, March 25All daytime sessions in Albrecht Auditorium, 925 N. Dartmouth Ave, Claremont
9:30 Welcome and Introduction
Patrick Mason, Howard W. Hunter Chair of Mormon Studies, Associate Professor of Religion, Claremont Graduate University
9:45 Historical and Theoretical Considerations
Moderator: Taylor Kerby, Claremont Graduate University
“Catholics in the Tri-Faith Movement: Race, Religion, and American Freedom, 1920-1950”
Tisa Wenger, Associate Professor of American Religious History, Yale Divinity School and Yale University
“Religious Freedom: From What? For What? Liberalism and Mimesis”
Sherman Jackson, King Faisal Chair in Islamic Thought and Culture, University of Southern California
11:00 The Protection of Religious Minorities
Moderator: Shelby Hamm, Claremont Graduate University
“Religious Freedom in the Classroom: The Politics of Safety in Higher Education”
Najeeba Syeed, Assistant Professor of Interreligious Education, Claremont School of Theology
“Islam, Religious Freedom, and Intra-Muslim Conflict”
Amjad Khan, Adjunct Professor of Law, UCLA Law School; Partner at Brown, Neri & Smith LLP
“Religious Freedoms for Minorities in Muslim Majority Countries: Lessons from the Struggle Against Apartheid”
Rashied Omar, Research Scholar of Islamic Studies and Peacebuilding, University of Notre Dame
12:15  Lunch Break
1:30 Church and State
Moderator: Ben Spackman, Claremont Graduate University
“The Irrelevance of Church-State Separation in the Twenty-First Century”
Steven Green, Fred H. Paulus Professor of Law; Director, Center for Religion, Law, and Democracy, Willamette University School of Law
“Freedom from Religion and Religious Group Rights: A Tentative Pairing for Religious Liberty”
Frederick M. Gedicks, Guy Anderson Chair and Professor of Law, Brigham Young University Law School
“The Religious Accommodation Experiment”
Andrew Koppelman, John Paul Stevens Professor of Law, Northwestern University School of Law
“Religious Liberty as a Fundamental Right Essential to Pluralism”
Alexander Dushku, Kirton McConkie
3:15 Global Outlooks
Moderator: Chase Kirkham, Claremont Graduate University
“Religious Freedom, Defined Freely”
Hans Noot, President, Gerard Noodt Foundation for Freedom of Religion or Belief
“Guantanamo: The American Gulag”
Brent Rushforth, principal, McKool Smith
“Protecting Claims of Conscience in an International and Corporate Age”
Cole Durham Jr., Susa Young Gates University Professor of Law; Director, Center for Law and Religion Studies, Brigham Young University
7:30 Keynote Address – Bridges Auditorium, 450 N. College Ave, Claremont
“Religious Freedom in a Pluralistic Society”
Elder Dallin H. Oaks, Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

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Saturday, March 26 • Mudd Theater, Claremont School of Theology, 1325 N. College Ave, Claremont
9:00 Roundtable: Religious Freedom, Politics, and Law in Contemporary America
Panel discussion moderated by Doug Fabrizio, host of KUER’s “RadioWest”
  • Kathleen Flake, Richard L. Bushman Chair of Mormon Studies, University of Virginia
  • Monica Miller, senior counsel, American Humanist Association
  • Rev. Stephen Pieters, Metropolitan Community Church, Los Angeles
  • Michael Uhlmann, Professor of Politics and Policy, Claremont Graduate University
10:45 Keynote Address
“The First Freedom in the 21st Century: Navigating the Shifting Terrain”
Katrina Lantos Swett, Commissioner, US Commission on International Religious Freedom; President and CEO, Lantos Foundation for Human Rights and Justice
12:00 Lunchlimited number of box lunches available for purchase
12:45 Keynote Address
“Religious Liberty after Obergefell
Judge Thomas Griffith, Washington DC Court of Appeals