Headscarves and Holy Days: Should the Law Make Exceptions?
Three experts on law and issues of religious expression present their views at a panel presentation sponsored by the Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life. Leah Farish is a civil rights attorney who practices in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and successfully represented a local Muslim girl who wore a headscarf at school. She discusses how the origins of the First Amendment shed light on its interpretation in current cases. Marci Hamilton holds the Paul R. Verkuil Chair in Public Law at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in New York. She describes the tension between constitutional requirements for equal treatment under the law and guarantees to freely practice religion. Jytte Klausen, a professor of comparative politics at Brandeis University, gives an account of European countries’ approach to religious freedom.
Date: February 7, 2007
Location: Fulton 110