26th Nathaniel L. Nathanson Memorial Lecture

26th Nathaniel L. Nathanson Memorial Lecture

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Date and Time

  • Monday, April 26, 2010 from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.


Mother Rosalie Hill Hall, Warren Auditorium

5998 Alcala Park San Diego, CA 92110


Free (RSVP required)


Please join us for the 26th presentation of the Nathaniel L. Nathanson Memorial Lecture Series:

Fundamental Questions about the Religion Clauses: Reflections on Some Critiques

Kent Greenawalt
University Professor, Columbia University

Greenawalt will talk about the nature of reasoning about basic moral, political, and constitutional issues, the relevance of relying on religious perspectives in addressing the religion clauses and the defensibility of justifications.  He will also discuss the legal standards that rely on multiple considerations and the wisdom of judges deferring to the political branches in this domain of constitutional law.

Attendance is free, but RSVP is required by April 21, 2010.

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About Kent Greenawalt

Kent Greenawalt is University Professor at Columbia University, teaching in the law school, where he has been a faculty member since 1965. Educated at Swarthmore College, Oxford University, and Columbia Law School, serving as Editor-in-Chief of the Columbia Law Review in 1962-63, he subsequently served as a law clerk of Justice John M. Harlan of the U.S. Supreme Court and as a special assistant in the Agency for International Development. In 1971-72, he was Deputy Solicitor General of the United States.

During his time at Columbia, he has taught in the fields of Legal Philosophy, Constitutional Law, Criminal Law, International Law, and Legal Methods. In the past decade he has concentrated on issues of religious freedom and disestablishment of religion. His books on those subjects are two volumes on Religion and the Constitution: Vol. I, Free Exercise and Fairness (2006) and Vol. II, Establishment and Fairness (2008), and Does God Belong in Public Schools? (2005). He has also written two books on the place of religion in public political life: Religious Convictions and Political Choice (1988) and Private Consciences and Public Reasons (1995). Among his other books are Conflicts of Law and Morality and Fighting Words.

He is a member of the American Philosophical Society and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a past president of the American Society for Political and Legal Philosophy.

The University of San Diego is a State Bar of California approved MCLE provider and certifies that this activity is approved for one hour of general credit.


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