Church and State: Separation Anxiety, a panel taped for TV

To be aired on Dan Rather Reports in January

Sat, 12/08/2007
The doors will open at 5 pm and close at 5:30 pm, admission by ticket only
Event Category: 
Panel Discussion

The panel will discuss the history of the Religion clauses of the First Amendment. What did their authors think they meant? What was the role of religion in public life at the time of the Founding? How has it changed since then? The panelists will also discuss how they think government should interact with religion in the here and now. What are the contemporary approaches to the Establishment Clause?

Admission is by ticket only. Tickets for students, faculty and staff will be available with Princeton I.D. starting on Monday, December 3 at the Frist Campus Center ticket office. Hours of operation are Monday-Friday, Noon – 6:00 pm. You may pick up one ticket per Princeton I.D., with a limit of 2 I.D.s per person. Tickets for the general public will be available at the Richardson Auditorium box office on Thursday, December 6 from 12 Noon - 2:00 p.m. WHILE QUANTITIES LAST. You may pick up 2 tickets per person.

The taping will be held in Rockefeller College Common Room. Doors will open at 5 pm and close at 5:30 pm. The actual taping is supposed to begin at 5:45 pm, and the program is scheduled to end at 7:15 pm.

The panel will be moderated by Dan Rather.


Christopher Eisgruber, Laurance S. Rockefeller Professor of Public Affairs and Provost of Princeton University. He is co-author, with Lawrence G. Sager, of Religious Freedom and the Constitution.

Richard W. Garnett, Associate Professor at Notre Dame Law School, where he teaches courses in criminal and constitutional law. Garnett served as a clerk to Supreme Court Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist. As a private attorney, he helped defend Cleveland's school-voucher program from First Amendment challenge. He writes on religious freedom and the role of religion in public life, largely through the lens of school issues.

Holly Hollman, General Counsel for the Baptist Joint Committee, an organization serving 14 Baptist denominations that advocates free exercise of religion and minimal state connection to religious institutions. She is a frequent media commentator, providing legal analysis on church-state issues.

Michael McConnell, federal judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit and one of the United States' foremost constitutional law scholars.