To Examine Issues Of Church / State Separation
February 12, 2002-- Current
issues arising from the political separation of religion and government,
one of the central pillars of American democracy, will be analyzed
at a two-day conference at the University of Virginia School of
Law Feb. 15 and 16.
national scholars and policymakers will convene for Beyond Separation:
Church and State, a program of 10 seminars probing such matters
as the Founding Fathers intentions, modern First Amendment
interpretation, religious freedom, faith-based initiatives and school
by the U.Va.-based Journal of Law and Politics, the conference talks
are open to the public for a registration fee of $60. Final versions
of papers will be published by the journal this summer.
presenters include University of Chicago law professor Philip Hamburger
on contemporary interpretation of the separation principle, Columbia
University law professor Kent Greenawalt on teaching about religion
in schools, and Melissa Rogers, former executive director of the
Baptist Joint Committee, on how separation protects and fosters
religious freedom. Sessions start at 8:45 a.m. in the Law Schools
Slaughter Hall Room 278 and end at 4:30 p.m. Registration includes
lunch both days.
Mike Marshall, (434) 924-3763