September 06, 2011


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By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Columbia Law Professor Kent Greenawalt will give the talk, "Religion in Politics: Constitutional Limits and Constitutional Values," Friday, Sept. 16, at 7 p.m. in the Gallery Theatre of the Elaine Langone Center at Bucknell University.

The talk, which is free and open to the public, is held in honor of Constitution Day. This event is co-sponsored as the Arnold L. Putterman Lecture.

University Professor at Columbia University's School of Law since 1965, Greenawalt holds degrees from Swarthmore, Oxford and Columbia Law School, where he served as editor-in-chief of the Law Review.

Greenawalt's main interests are in constitutional law and jurisprudence, with special emphasis on church and state, freedom of speech, legal interpretation and criminal responsibility. Among his writings are a two-volume treatment of the religion clauses and two books on the place of religious ideas in the politics of liberal democracies.

He clerked for Justice John M. Harlan, worked in the Agency for International Development and spent part of a summer with the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights in Jackson, Miss. From 1966 to 1969, he served on the Civil Rights Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, and was a member of the Due Process Committee of the American Civil Liberties Union from 1969-71.

A past U.S. Deputy Solicitor General (1971-1972), Greenawalt is a member of the American Philosophical Society and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a past president of the American Society for Political and Legal Philosophy.

His publications include Conflicts of Law and Morality (1987); Religious Convictions and Political Choice (1988); Speech, Crime, and the Uses of Language (1989); Law and Objectivity (1992); Fighting Words (1995); Private Consciences and Public Reasons (1995); Statutory Interpretation: Twenty Questions (1999); Does God Belong in Public Schools? (2005); Religion and the Constitution, volumes 1 and 2 (2009); and his latest book, Legal Interpretation: Perspectives from Other Disciplines and Private Texts (2010).

Constitution Day
Constitution Day was proposed in 2004 by Sen. Robert C. Byrd as a way to ensure that students gain an increased knowledge and appreciation for this valuable and important document of freedom. Congress declared Sept. 17 as Constitution Day and Citizenship Day, commemorating the day the document was adopted in 1787.

The Putterman Lecture was established by Arnold L. Putterman, a 1960 Bucknell graduate. The lecture is intended to address prominent current issues with a specific focus on politics, government and/or the economy.

Contact: Division of Communications

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