Working for Religious Freedom at Home and Abroad

Newsletter of 30 June 2010

The second quarter of 2010 has been productive and rewarding for the scholars and supporters of the International Center for Law and Religion Studies. As you will read in this newsletter, important conferences have taken Center personnel, associates, and friends into fruitful discussions in the United Kingdom, Europe, and Far-Eastern Russia. In Provo, we have enlisted student researchers from the J. Reuben Clark Law School as well as Summer Research Externs from nine other law schools to assist with our numerous ambitious publishing projects. The 2010 Student Research Fellows are in the midst of their various assignments at the Center, in Salt Lake City, and abroad. The new Research Fellows Program under the direction of Gayla Sorenson is in full swing, providing training for people from as far away as China and Australia who have desires to assist in the work. The Center’s contributions to the work of the Strasbourg Consortium are ongoing and extensive. We enjoy continual improvements to the Center’s electronic presence, with major upgrades forthcoming, through the work of the Technology Team, under the direction of Team Advisor Marshall Morrise. And, as always at this time of year, intensive preparations for the Annual Symposium are well underway, with the primary responsibility falling upon the capable shoulders of Elizabeth Sewell and Deborah Wright.

We invite you to enjoy this newsletter, and we encourage you to consult our websites for more information about people and events mentioned here and for news of dramatic developments taking place in all parts of the world. As always, we are grateful for your interest in, and invite your contributions to, the continuous effort to define and protect freedom of conscience, religion, and belief for all humankind.

Donlu Thayer, Senior Editor
International Center for Law and Religion Studies

Photo collage compiled from Como photos by Duane & Erlyn Madsen