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Heralded as a potential landmark Supreme Court case, Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission centers on a Colorado cake artist, Jack Phillips, who refused on the basis of his religious beliefs to create a custom cake for a same-sex wedding ceremony.
The engaged couple sued Phillips under Colorado law, and the U.S. Supreme Court will hear the case on Dec. 5. The case strikes at the heart of American civil society: What does tolerance in a free and pluralistic society look like? Which civil rights are at stake? Can one support both same-sex marriage and artists like Jack Phillips? What is the road ahead?
Join Supreme Court litigators David Cortman of Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) and Ria Tabacco Mar of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) for a debate on the merits and implications of the Masterpiece Cakeshop case. A “bench” of U.S. Supreme Court reporters will moderate and time will be allotted for audience Q&A.
In this extraordinary time of political and social unrest, scholars of religion are frequently called upon – or feel compelled – to share their knowledge and perspective with those outside the academy. In this role as public scholars, they may speak with journalists, write for a broad audience, engage with policymakers or elected officials, meet with religious communities or local schools, or more. At this workshop, participants will work with professionals from government, the media, advocacy groups and others in a series of case studies, simulations, and conversations designed to hone the practical skills of the public scholar.
In this three-hour workshop, participants will be given the opportunity participate in two practically-focussed sessions of 80 minutes each, following a short introductory session. A range of professionals has been invited to facilitate 5 sessions.
When you sign up for the workshop please email Steve Herrick (email@example.com) to indicate your preferences for sessions (label them 1-5, with 1 for the most preferred). There are 10 spaces per session and each session will run twice during the afternoon.
This program is being presided over by Professor Emma Tomalin from the University of Leeds and Benjamin P Marcus, Religious Freedom Center of the Newseum Institute.
This program is a part of the Public Scholars Project, which is co-sponsored by the AAR Committee on the Public Understanding of Religion and the Religious Freedom Center of the Newseum Institute.
Final notice: Applications the Spring 2018 courses are due no later than Sunday, January 7, 2018.
Only those applicants who successfully submit their application by the Early Decision due date of November 1, 2017 will be eligible for scholarships in the Spring 2018 semester.