Lectures

Contributions to Scholarship on Religion and Human Rights

Nov. 2018 “Educational Promises and Legal Parameters of Religious Literacy Pedagogies,” paper presentation. Special interest group: Religion & Public Schools: International Perspectives Unit, American Academy of Religion, Denver, CO.
Oct. 2017 “Religious Literacy & Religious Liberty as Security Strategies.” Society of the Scientific Study of Religion, Washington, D.C.
July 2017 “Religious Liberty & Religious Literacy,” Religious Freedom Annual Review, BYU Law, International Center for Law and Religion Studies, Provo, UT.
July 2017 “Encouraging Moderate Voices: Countering Violent Extremism Online,” Seminar for the delegation from India sponsored by the International Visitor Leadership Program of the U.S. State Department, Washington, D.C.
Nov. 2016 Freedom of Religion or Belief: Promoting Peaceful Coexistence Through Human Rights. Panelist for a conference sponsored by the International Development Law Organization and the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Rome, Italy.
Sep. 2016 Religious Freedom and Legal Education. Speaker at a meeting of international law and religion associations at the conference of the International Consortium for Law and Religion Studies, “Freedom of for from within Religion.” Oxford, UK.
Aug. 2016 “Historical Views of Contemporary Religious Liberty Issues in the United States.” Seminar for the delegation from Middle East sponsored by the International Visitor Leadership Program of the U.S. State Department, Washington, D.C.
Aug. 2016 “Rights of Religious Minorities in the United States.” Seminar for a delegation from Saudi Arabia sponsored by the International Visitor Leadership Program of the U.S. State Department, Washington, D.C.
July 2016 Religion and Human Rights, a seminar for religious liberty interns, sponsored by the 21st Century Wilberforce Initiative, Washington, DC.
April 2016 “Principles of Religious Liberty.” 14th Annual Religious Liberty Dinner. Sponsors: International Religious Liberty Association, North American Religious Liberty Association, Liberty Magazine, Seventh-day Adventist Church. Washington, D.C.
July 2015 “Religious Freedom in the United States.” Seminar for the delegation from Moldova sponsored by the International Visitor Leadership Program of the U.S. State Department. Washington, D.C.
Feb. 2015 “Religious Freedom and Foreign Policy Programme.” Transatlantic dialogue Bridging Voices conference, British Council. London, United Kingdom.
Mar. 2014 How Can Rule of Law Strategies Promote and Protect the Universal Right to Freedom of Religion or Belief? Co-presented with Lyal S. Sunga at the United Nations Human Rights Council, Geneva, Switzerland.
Sept. 2013 “Rites v. Rights: Beyond the Zero-Sum Game.” Promoting Children’s Rights in Europe conference. Keele University, Staffordshire, UK.
Aug. 2013 “Bans on Religious Garb.” International Consortium for Law and Religion Studies of the University of Milan’s conference on Religion, Democracy, and Equality. The biannual meeting, Richmond, VA.
June 2013 Bans on Religious Garb in Public Schools. International Centre for Education and Democratic Citizenship, a conference on “Democratic Citizenship and Human Rights Education” at the University of London, UK.
Apr. 2004 Remembering Rwanda. Coordinator of the international conference for the 10th Anniversary of the Rwanda genocide. Institute for the Study of Genocide and Union Theological Seminary, New York, NY.

Contributions to the Public’s Understanding of Law & Religion

Nov. 2018 Public Understanding of Religion Committee, featuring The Oxford Handbook of Religion and American Education. Annual meeting, American Academy of Religion, Denver, CO.
Nov. 2018 “Educational Promises and Legal Parameters of Religious Literacy Pedagogies,” paper presentation. American Academy of Religion, Denver, CO.
Nov. 2018 Award presenter at Advancing America to Justice, Annual convention, Mu Muslim Public Affairs Council, Long Beach, CA.
Oct. 2018 Oxford University Press reception, featuring The Oxford Handbook of Religion and American Education. Annual meeting of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, Las Vegas, NV.
Oct. 2018 Guest lecturer on Bans on Teachers’ Religious Garb. UC Santa Barbara, CA.
Mar. 2018 “Religion and Political Contempt,” keynote for the annual symposium at the University of Mary Washington, Fredericksburg, VA.
Nov. 2017 Religious Liberty, “Bridging the Divide: Religion, Race, Politics,” Muslim Public Affairs Council, Los Angeles, CA. Featured on C-SPAN.
Oct. 2017 Religious Liberty Continuing Legal Education Panel: “Economic Impact of Religious Liberty.” J. Reuben Clark Law Society, Washington, D.C.
Sept. 2017 Michael Triplett Series, “Erased: Religion & News Media.” National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association, Philadelphia, PA.
Aug. 2017 Keynote: “A Nation of Religious Minorities, Virginia Theological Seminary, Alexandria, VA.
July 2017 “Religious Liberty & Religious Literacy,” Religious Freedom Annual Review, BYU Law, Int’l Center for Law and Religion Studies, Provo, UT.
June 2017 Colonizing America, Constituting America, Reconstructing America, Diversifying America, Religious Liberty Boot Camp, Washington, DC.
June 2017 Moderator, Religious Freedom: Still Protected? The Seminar, forum for senior communications & public affairs executives, The Breakers, Palm Beach, FL.
June 2017 Religious Liberty & Military Chaplains, United States Coast Guard, Washington, DC.
June 2017 “Liberty: A Shield or Sword?” Secular Coalition of America, Washington, D.C.
June 2017 “Liberty: A Shield or Sword?” Secular Coalition of America, Washington, D.C.
Mar. 2017 A Nation of Religious Minorities, Religious Freedom Center, Washington, D.C.
Oct. 2016 “Constitutional Protections for Religious Minorities.” Muslim speakers training conference sponsored by the American Muslim Institution, Gaithersburg, MD.
Aug. 2016 “Constitutional Approaches to Teaching about Religions in Public Schools,” World Religions Summer Institute, Georgetown University’s Center for Contemporary Arab Studies, Washington, D.C.
July 2016 “Religious Literacy in a Plural Age,” Harvard Divinity School, Cambridge, MA.
June 2016 “Religious Liberty in American Education,” Montgomery County Public Schools teacher training, Washington, D.C.
June 2016 “Religious Liberty in American Education,” Montgomery County Public Schools teacher training, Washington, D.C.
April 2016 “First Amendment Schools: Promoting Religious Literacy and Religious Liberty in American Public Schools.” Roundtable presentation, American Education Research Association. Annual meeting, Washington, D.C.
April 2016 “Legal Frameworks for Teaching about Religion in Public Schools.” A plenary talk at education conference sponsored by Prospect High School, Chicago, IL.
April 2016 First Amendment Schools: Promoting Religious Literacy and Religious Liberty in American Public Schools. Roundtable presentation, American Education Research Association. Annual meeting, Washington, DC.
March 2016 Justice Scalia, Religious Freedom and the Future of the Supreme Court. Co-moderator of a panel for the Religious Freedom Center, Washington, DC.
March 2016 Religious Freedom Seminar for the National Capital Semester for Seminarians, Wesley Theological School, Washington, DC.
July 2015 Foundations of Religious Freedom in the United States. A seminar for high school students with the Trent Lott Leadership Institute. Washington, DC.
Apr. 2015 “Religion and the Founding of the American Republic,” Church/State Tour, Bridging Voices conference, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
May 2014 “Religion, Secularism, Pluralism, and Democracy.” Law and Society Association. Annual meeting, Minneapolis, MN.
May 2014 “Rites v. Rights.” Law and Society Association. Minneapolis, MN.
Apr. 2014 “Legal Issues in Faith-Based Education.” American Education Research Association. Annual meeting, Philadelphia, PA.
Nov. 2013 Theolegal Marriage, American Academy of Religion. Baltimore, MD.
Nov. 2013 “Bans on Religious Garb.” Poster presentation, Education Law Association. Annual meeting, Westminster, CO.
Oct. 2013 “Teaching Legal Research & Analysis in Religious Studies,” Illinois State University, Normal, IL.
Aug. 2013 God Told Me So: Exemptions for Ritual Circumcision? American Political Science Association, Annual meeting, Chicago, IL.
May 2013 Unveiling Freedom: Bans on Teachers’ Religious Garb. Law and Society Association, Annual meeting, Boston, MA.
April 2013 “God v. Sebelius: How the Shield of Liberty Became a Sword.” Americans United Church/State Symposium, National Constitution Center, Philadelphia, PA.
March 2013 “Experiments with the Moral Imagination: Religious Ethics without Dogma.” American Academy of Religion, Mid-Atlantic Religion & Ethics Section. Regional meeting: Baltimore, MD.
Feb. 2013 “Bible in Public Schools: 50 Years Later.” Columbia Law School, NY, NY.
April 2012 “Whose God Rules? Is the United States a Secular Nation or a Theolegal Democracy?” University of Pennsylvania Law School, Philadelphia, PA.
Oct. 2012 “Bible in Public Schools: 50 Years Later.” Harvard Divinity School, Cambridge, MA.
Oct. 2012 “Whose God Rules? Is the United States a Secular Nation or a Theolegal Democracy?” Harvard Law School, Cambridge, MA.
April 2011 “Theolegal Democracy.” Americans United Church/State Symposium, National Constitution Center, Philadelphia, PA.

Contributions to the Public’s Understanding of Religion

Keynote Presentations

June 2016 The Sophia Lyon Fahs Lecture of the Liberal Religious Educators Association entitled, “A Nation of Religious Minorities.” General Assembly of the UUA, Columbus, OH.
Apr. 2013 With Professor Nicole C. Kirk, Prophetic Purpose: Historic First Responders and Future Agenda Setters. Central Midwest District, Unitarian Universalist Association, Milwaukee, WI. Supporting presentations by Lee Paczulla and Jennifer Hayman.
Apr. 2013 Prophetic Purpose of Religious Education. Liberal Religious Educators Association, Milwaukee, WI. Supporting presentations by Lee Paczulla and Jennifer Hayman.
Jul. 2012 “Charting Compassion.” Prairie Star District, UUA, Platte Valley, NE
Jun. 2011 “Reimagining Social Justice: Moral Imagination as Spiritual Practice.” General Assembly of the UUA, Charlotte, NC
Mar. 2011 Ministry with Monsanto. Eliot Unitarian Chapel, Kirkwood, MO
Feb. 2011 Legislative Ministry. Ohio Meadville District, UUA, Lewis Center, OH
Jun. 2009 John Murray Distinguished Lecture entitled, “A Ministry of Mediation.” General Assembly of the UUA, Salt Lake City, UT
Jun. 2009 iMinistry. CENTER Days, UU Ministers Association, Salt Lake City, UT
Apr. 2006 How Will Technology Change Our Ministries? Unitarian Universalist Ministers Association, Metro New York District, New York, NY

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Panel Presentations

Jun. 2012 Storytelling, Mobilization & Social Media, a panelist at Justice General Assembly, UUA, Phoenix, AZ
Feb. 2012 Preaching in a Multimedia Context, Priestley-Kingsbury chapter of the Chapter Unitarian Universalist Ministers Association, Wilmington, DE
Jun. 2011 Laura’s Love: Founding First School for Free Slaves, a panelist at General Assembly of the UUA, Charlotte, NC
Jun. 2010 Ethical Eating, a panelist at General Assembly of the UUA, Minneapolis, MN
Jun. 2010 Next Generation: Technology & Ministry, a panelist at General Assembly of the UUA, Minneapolis, MN
Jun. 2010 Standing on the Side of Love: Multimedia & Ministry, a panelist at General Assembly of the UUA, Minneapolis, MN
Jun. 2009 Abundance in Troubled Times, Best Practices in Congregational Stewardship, a panelist at General Assembly of the UUA, Salt Lake City, UT
Dec. 2007 Technology & Ministry, workshop facilitator, Priestley-Kingsbury chapter of the Chapter Unitarian Universalist Ministers Association, Lancaster, PA
Apr. 2007 Creating Intergenerational Communities, panelist, Unitarian Universalist Metro New York District Conference, New York, NY
Dec. 2006 Kwanzaa, National Association of Negro Women, Staten Island, NY
Mar. 2004 Religious Education: Best Practices, Unitarian Universalist Metro New York District “Growth Conclave.”

Contributions to the Study of U.S. Higher Education

April 2006 “The National Tuition Endowment Act.” Paper presentation, staff briefing for the United States Senate, Washington, D.C.
March 2006 “Ask the Experts.” Paper presentation, American Student Association of Community Colleges, Washington, D.C.
March 2006 “Contemporary Student Issues and Policies.” Lecture for Professor Judith Glazer-Raymo’s course at Teachers College Columbia University, NY, NY.
Nov. 2005 “The Rungless Ladder: The Student Financial Aid Crisis.” Columbia University.
Oct. 2005 “America’s Tuition Crisis. Minnesota State College Student Association, Brainerd, MN.
Sept. 2005 “Student Mobilization. Minnesota State College Student Association, Washington, D.C.
April 2005 “Poverty Truth Commission. Grant writer for national forum funded by Columbia University President and Provost’s Fund and the Teachers College Columbia University President’s Grant for Diversity and Community Initiatives.
April 2005 “The Role of Students in University Governance.” Panelist, Grievance Forum moderated by Chaplain Davis, Columbia University, NY, NY.
April 2005 “Private Schools and Public Financial Aid. Seven Sisters Presidential Caucus, Barnard College, NY, NY.
Nov. 2004 “Student Movements in Postsecondary Education. Guest lecturer, The American College Student, Teachers College Columbia University, NY, NY.
April 2004 “College and University Organization & Administration. Guest lecturer for Professor Hankin, Teachers College Columbia University, NY, NY.