Whose Religious Freedom?
A Lunchtime Discussion with Professor Katherine Franke and Professor Sahar Aziz
Monday, March 26, 2018
12:10 pm - 1:10 pm
Jerome Greene Hall Room 102B
Co-supported by the Center for Gender & Sexuality Law, the Public Rights/Private Conscience Project and the American Constitution Society
Whose Religious Freedom?
Religious freedom is currently being used to justify violating anti-discrimination laws. But whose religious freedom is worthy of protection? Are religious minorities, especially Muslims, afforded the same defense? Are the people advocating for religious freedom for Christians as committed to the principle when it applies to Muslims and other religious minorities?
Join Professor Katherine Franke and Professor Sahar Aziz in a discussion about the relationship between race and religion in American jurisprudence, especially when it comes to the protection of religious minorities.
This program is co-supported by the Center for Gender & Sexuality Law, the Public Rights/Private Conscience Project, and the American Constitution Society with co-support from the Human Rights Institute, Social Justice Initiatives, the Center for the Study of Law and Culture, the Muslim Law Students' Association, and Columbia Law School's Chapter of the ACLU.
Professor Sahar Aziz
Sahar Aziz is a Visiting Scholar with the Center for Gender & Sexuality Law for Spring, 2018, and is Professor of Law, Chancellor’s Social Justice Scholar, and Middle East and Legal Studies Scholar at Rutgers University Law School. Professor Aziz’s scholarship adopts an interdisciplinary approach to examine intersections of national security, race, and civil rights with a focus on the adverse impact of national security laws and policies on racial, ethnic, and religious minorities in the U.S. Her research also investigates the relationship between authoritarianism, terrorism, and rule of law in Egypt. She is the founding director of the interdisciplinary Rutgers Center for Security, Race, and Civil Rights. She is also a faculty affiliate of the Department of Political Science at Rutgers University-Newark. She teaches courses on national security, critical race theory, evidence, torts, and Middle East law.
Professor Katherine Franke
Katherine Franke is the Sulzbacher Professor of Law, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Columbia University, where she also directs the Center for Gender and Sexuality Law and is the faculty director of the Public Rights/Private Conscience Project. She is a member of the Executive Committee for the Institute for Research on Women, Gender and Sexuality, and the Center for Palestine Studies. She is among the nation's leading scholars writing on law, religion and rights, drawing from feminist, queer, and critical race theory.
This program is free and open to the public.
A non-pizza lunch will be served.
For questions about this program, contact Liz Boylan, Associate Director for the Center for Gender & Sexuality Law at firstname.lastname@example.org or 212.854.0167.
This event is free and open to the public. RSVP is not required.