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Harold J. Berman Lecture: Religious Freedom--a Second Class Right?

(When Law and Religion Meet Lecture Series, September 20, 2011)

Mary Ann Glendon, Learned Hand Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and former U.S. Ambassador to the Vatican, tackles bringing to life the universal right to religious freedom in a world of diversity. Glendon was the first woman to be named president of one of the major pontifical academies. She is currently President of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences and served as head of the Vatican delegation to the U.N. Conference on Women in Beijing in 1995 and as a member of the President's Council on Bioethics during the Bush Administration.

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Decalogue Lecture: The Bioethical Future: Some Jewish Thoughts on Reproductive Ethics

(When Law and Religion Meet Lecture Series, September 13, 2011)

Michael J. Broyde, professor of law and Senior Fellow at the Center for the Study of Law and Religion, highlights several morally difficult questions created by advances in modern science, including genetic cloning in humans and plants, and offers a Jewish law response as well as religiously informed public policy recommendations. Broyde was ordained as a rabbi by Yeshiva University and is a member (dayan) of the Beth Din of America, the largest Jewish law court in America.

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Interfaith Summit on Happiness, Reception and Reflections on the Summit, Happiness in Interreligious Perspective

Pursuit of Happiness Conference (October 17-18, 2010)

His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama engages in a two-hour "Interfaith Summit on Happiness" with Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori, and Professor Seyyed Hossein Nasr. Krista Tippett of the public radio program on Being moderates the conversation. Prominent scholars from Emory and other universities offer a response in "Reflections and Reflections on the Summit." In "Happiness in Interreligious Perspective," Rabbi Sacks, Bishop Jefferts Schori, Professor Nasr, and The Venerable Matthieu Ricard lecture on the meaning of happiness from Jewish, Christian, Islamic, and Buddhist perspectives, respectively. Their 50-munite lectures are followed by responses from Emory faculty. This program culminates the CSLR's Pursuit of Happiness Project.

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Making Happiness in Early African America

(Pursuit of Happiness Lecture Series 2010)

The perception of happiness, including its place in Afro-Protestant marriages during the antebellum era, is that it was limited. Frances Smith Foster, Charles Howard Candler Professor of English and Women's Studies at Emory and a CSLR senior fellow, lectures on how this is an inaccurate perception. She discusses the domestic bliss and marital happiness that was present in many early Afro-Protestant marriages, and the ways in which marriages persevered, despite daunting circumstances.

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Religion and the Pursuit of Happiness in the Anglo-American Context

(Pursuit of Happiness Lecture Series 2010)

The American Declaration of Independence boldly proclaims that it is "self evident" that among the "unalienable Rights" endowed to people by their creator are "Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." For Patrick Allitt, Cahoon Family Professor of American History at Emory who was born in Great Britain, this assertion is rather absurd. Allitt explores the idea of the pursuit of happiness as a right within the Anglo-American context. He discusses differences in the cultures and perspectives in the United States and Great Britain with regard to ideas of religion and happiness.

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Revenge, Forgiveness, Human Nature, and the Happy Society: Some Lessons for Law

(Pursuit of Happiness Lecture Series 2010)

Michael McCullough, director of the laboratory for social and clinical psychology, professor in the department of psychology at the University of Miami, and a CSLR senior fellow, discusses human instincts toward revenge and forgiveness in the context of happiness as it relates to the CSLR's Pursuit of Happiness Project. In this lecture McCullough asserts that revenge and forgiveness instincts are not necessarily the "good instinct" versus the "bad instinct." Instead, McCullough presents an alternative way for looking at the place of revenge and forgiveness within the context of the human pursuit for happiness.

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Prevail in the Pursuit of Happiness

(March 10, 2010)

The struggle for a consistent level happiness is one that most lawyers face throughout their lives due to the conflict-based nature of their work. W. Edward Craighead, J. Rex Fuqua Chair in Child Psychiatry and director of Emory's Child and Adolescent Mood Program, and Corey L.M. Keyes, associate professor of sociology, helped participants understand their risk for unhappiness and personal level of happiness, and offered guidance on how to change cognitive styles and to flourish despite hardships presented in life. Craighead is a psychologist who studies mood disorders, and Keyes is a sociologist who works to bring mental health to the forefront in global policymaking.

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Why Religion Matters in the Quest for Gay Civil Rights

(March 30, 2009)

As the first openly gay bishop in a mainline Christian denomination, the Right Reverend V. Gene Robinson wanted to assure other gays and lesbians that they are not abominations, despite the persecution they may have experienced. His investiture as bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of New Hampshire in 2003 catapulted him into the center of a near-global controversy over his sexual orientation, and his dual commitments as a Christian and a citizen compel him to work toward social justice for all.

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Islamic Law in Britain: A Minor Problem or a Problem for a Minority

(March 18, 2009)

Great Britain has given little thought on how to deal with the religious beliefs of the Muslim minority within the country's larger civic and legal systems despite an increasing suspicion of Islamic law and culture, said Mona Sidiqqui, professor of Islamic studies and public understanding at the University of Glasgow and a scholar of classical Islamic law. "Islam is not seen simply as another faith but as a faith which threatens the world with triumphalist political and social aspirations," she said.

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The Danger of a Genocidal and Nuclear Iran: The Responsibility to Prevent

(March 16, 2009)

Canadian Parliamentarian and former Minister of Justice Irwin Cotler said in the inaugural Harold J. Berman lecture that Iran's highest officials should be held legally accountable by the international community for their language of "genocidal incitement." He said that Iran's possible nuclear threat increases exponentially when paired with its leaders -- including President MahmÅ«d AhmadinejÄ?d and Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei-- publicly calling for the annihilation and destruction of the Jewish state.

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The Catholic Church and the Death Penalty

(October 7, 2008)

The Most Reverend Wilton D. Gregory, Catholic Archbishop of Atlanta, outlines the Catholic Church's viewpoint on the death penalty and the role of the church in debates of the state. The lecture is the first in a new CSLR series, "When Law and Religion Meet," which provides a forum for religious leaders to discuss difficult legal, moral and ethical issues facing their religious communities.

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From Silver to Gold: The Next 25 Years of Law and Religion

(October 24-26, 2007)

A celebration of the Center for the Study of Law and Religion�s 25th anniversary. Includes lectures by Enola G. Aird, Abdullahi An-Na'im, Robert N. Bellah, Harold J. Berman, Margaret F. Brinig, Don S. Browning, Stephen L. Carter, Rebecca S. Chopp, Elliot N. Dorff, Jean Bethke Elshtain, R. Kent Greenawalt, T. Jeremy Gunn, Baber Johansen, M. Cathleen Kaveny, James T. Laney, Douglas Laycock, David Little, Martin E. Marty, John T. Noonan, Jr., David Novak, Michael J. Perry, Carl E. Schneider, Leah Ward Sears, Robert A. Seiple, David A. Skeel, Jeremy Waldron, and Nicholas P. Wolterstorff.

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The Future of Shari`a: Secularism from an Islamic Perspective

(January 29, 2007)

Abdullahi An-Na'im, Charles Howard Candler Professor of Law and senior fellow in the Center for the Study of Law and Religion, outlines his concept of a secular state for Islamic societies, while regulating the public/political role of Islam in Islamic societies and communities. The lecture previews his forthcoming book of the same title.

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The Future of Marriage and Family Life

(January 17, 2007)

Anita Bernstein, Sam Nunn Professor of Law; Mark D. Jordan, Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Religion; and John Witte, Jr., Jonas Robitscher Professor of Law, all of Emory University, discuss the most explosive issues of modern American family life: same-sex marriage, covenant marriage, abolition of marriage as a legal category, the role of the church in marriage reform. John C. Mayoue, Warner, Mayoue, Bates & Nolen, P.C., moderates the debate.

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Maimonides: Science Generates Faith

(September 18, 2006)

David R. Blumenthal, Jay and Leslie Cohen Professor of Judaic Studies and CSLR Senior Fellow, outlines the scientific worldview of Maimonides, the most influential Jewish thinker of the Middle Ages, and shows how the theological concepts of creation, revelation, prophecy, textual interpretation, and mysticism fit into an all-encompassing religious philosophy that has enduring significance for the Jewish community still today. Response by Michael S. Berger, Associate Professor of Religious Authority & Ethics in Judaism and CSLR Senior Fellow.

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Speaking Up for Natural Rights

(March 29, 2006)

Nicholas P. Wolterstorff, the Noah Porter Professor Emeritus of Philosophical Theology at Yale University, previews his forthcoming book, Justice as Rights, as the 2006 Alonzo L. McDonald Lecturer on Christian Jurisprudence.

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What's Wrong with Rights for Children?

(October 20-21, 2005)

Keynote addresses by former President Jimmy Carter and Church Historian Martin E. Marty (University of Chicago/Emory); two dozen distinguished scholars and children's rights advocates

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Vocations of the Child: Do Kids have a Responsibility?

(September 29, 2005)

Patrick M. Brennan, Professor of Law (Arizona State University), John E. Coons, Bridges Professor of Law Emeritus (University of California at Berkeley), Marcia Bunge, Professor of Theology and Humanities (Christ College, Valparaiso University), and Paul Vitz, Professor of Psychology, Emeritus (New York University)

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Affirmative Action: Did the Supreme Court Save It?

(April 11, 2005)

Earl Lewis, Provost, Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Asa Griggs Candler Professor of History and African American Studies (Emory University)

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The Intimacy Discount in Statutory Rape Cases

(March 30, 2005)

Kay Levine, Assistant Professor of Law (Emory University)

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Challenges of Adolescence and Violence

(March 23, 2005)

Peter Ash, Associate Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences (Emory University) & Robyn Fivush, Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Psychology (Emory University)

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Facts and Fictions of Separation of Church and State: There is No Wall

(March 2, 2005)

John Witte, Jr., Jonas Robitscher Professor of Law & Ethics, and Director, Center for the Study of Law and Religion (Emory University)

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Cosby's Call and Our Response: What the Church and Community Should Do

(February 2, 2005)

Robert M. Franklin, Presidential Distinguished Professor of Social Ethics (Emory University)

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Spare the Rod: Legal and Religious Challenges in Raising Children of the Book

(October 6, 2004)

Murray A. Straus, Professor of Sociology and Co-Director of the Family Research Laboratory (University of New Hampshire) & local panelists

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Why Churches Say No: Challenges Faith-Based Initiatives Pose to Religion and Family

(September 27, 2004)

Steven M. Tipton, Professor of Sociology of Religion ( Emory University)

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Where Do the Children Live?

(February 17, 2004)

Millard Fuller, Founder of Habitat for Humanity International, & Martin E. Marty, Robert W. Woodruff Visiting Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies (Emory University)

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Children: Will We Ever Get It Right?

(October 27, 2003)

William H. Foege, Presidential Distinguished Professor Emeritus at Emory and a Fellow and Advisor to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, & Martin E. Marty, Robert W. Woodruff Visiting Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies (Emory University)

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What Happens to Children in Peril?

(October 14, 2003)

Former President Jimmy Carter & Martin E. Marty, Robert W. Woodruff Visiting Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies (Emory University)

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Who Cares for the Children?

(September 22, 2003)

Don Browning, Robert W. Woodruff Visiting Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies (Emory University), & Martha A. Fineman, Robert W. Woodruff Professor of Law (Emory University)

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