Week Seven :: Aug. 4–11

Interfaith Lecture Theme :: Let Them Eat Cake?  Defining the Future of Religious Freedom in the U.S.

The Supreme Court’s decision on the Masterpiece Cakeshop case, in which a Colorado baker refused to bake a cake for a gay wedding, claiming it violated his right to practice his religion, will have been announced in June 2018. That decision will set the trajectory of the American religious world for years to come, defining the constitutional understanding of First Amendment protections for religious liberty, and determining its limits as balanced against other rights. We will explore both sides of the argument presented at the Supreme Court, and seek to understand the Court’s ruling and how it will impact religion in the future.


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2 p.m. Lectures

Interfaith Lectures

2 p.m., Monday-Thursday, Hall of Philosophy

The Interfaith Lecture Series is designed to present issues that impact the lived experience of everyday life from theological, religious, spiritual, ethical, and humanitarian perspectives.


  • Monday, August 06, 2018 | 02:00pm

    Douglas Laycock

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    Douglas Laycock is perhaps the nation’s leading authority on the law of religious liberty and also on the law of remedies.  He has taught and written about these topics for more than four decades at the University of Chicago, the University of Texas, the University of Michigan, and now the University of Virginia.

    Location: Hall of Philosophy


  • Tuesday, August 07, 2018 | 02:00pm

    Steven Smith

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    Steven Smith is the University of San Diego Warren Distinguished Professor of Law; Co-Executive Director of the Institute for Law & Religion; and Co-Executive Director for the Institute for Law & Philosophy.

    Location: Hall of Philosophy


  • Wednesday, August 08, 2018 | 02:00pm

    Daniel Mach

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    Daniel Mach is the Director of the ACLU Program on Freedom of Religion and Belief.  He leads a wide range of religious-liberty litigation, advocacy, and public education efforts nationwide, and often writes, teaches, and speaks publicly on religious freedom issues.

    Location: Hall of Philosophy


  • Thursday, August 09, 2018 | 02:00pm

    Frederick Mark Gedicks

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    Frederick Mark Gedicks is Guy Anderson Chair and Professor of Law at Brigham Young University Law School, where he teaches constitutional law and legal theory. Gedicks is widely published in the areas of law and religion and constitutional interpretation, including three books, Choosing the Dream (1991) ...

    Location: Hall of Philosophy


  • Friday, August 10, 2018 | 02:00pm

    John Pulleyn

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    John Pulleyn has been practicing Zen Buddhism for 50 years, working with the late Roshi Philip Kapleau, founder of the Rochester (NY) Zen Center and author of Three Pillars of Zen, as well as Kapleau’s successor, the current Abbot, Roshi Bodhin Kjolhede.

    Location: Hall of Philosophy