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Marci Hamilton on Religion & American Politics

Wednesday, November 20, 2013 - 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Columbia University Morningside Campus Room 1512, International Affairs Building

Join us for a lecture by Marci A. Hamilton, Paul R. Verkuil Chair in Public Law at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University, as she explores the complicated relationship between the law, religion, and child sexual abuse.

Marci A. Hamiltons passionate and persistent defense of child sex abuse victims in religious organizations has drawn fire from the highest levels of numerous religious organizations. Hers was one of the earliest voices in favor of legislative reform to protect child sex abuse victims, based on the lessons learned ! from the problems within numerous religious organizations, and then universities, prep schools, and many other institutions.

Professor Hamilton is the author of Justice Denied: What America Must Do to Protect Its Children (Cambridge University Press 2008, 2012) and God vs. the Gavel: Religion and the Rule of Law (Cambridge University Press 2005, 2007), which won the Silver Medal, Foreword Magazine Political Science Book of the Year Award, Political Science in 2005.

Professor Hamiltons lecture is part of the IRCPLs Religion and Politics in American Public Life lecture series, coordinated by Professors Karen Barkey (CU Sociology), Jean Cohen (CU Political Science, and John Torpey (CUNY GC Sociology). Throughout the 2013 Fall term, the IRCPL will present four public conversations that explore the often contentious role of religion in American political and public life. Seeking to further understand the relationship between religion and politics in the United States, the series continues to explore a number of timely topics that intersect with religion, such as civil religion, public discourses of morality, and reproductive and sexual rights.

Sponsored by the Institute of Religion, Culture, and Public Life, The Department of Political Science at Columbia University, and the Department of Sociology at the CUNY Graduate Center.