Discussion Series 2013

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W. Cole Durham, Jr.

Elizabeth A. Clark

David M. Kirkham

Brett G. Scharffs


20 March 2013

8 May 2013

10 July 2013

4 September 2013

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Professor Brett Scharffs: Can public reason accommodate conscience?

Professor Brett G. Scharffs addressed the topic “Can Public Reason Accommodate Conscience?” at the Religious Freedom Discussion on Wednesday, September 4, 2013, at Brigham Young University and via live Webinar. Professor Scharffs is Francis R. Kirkham Professor of Law, Associate Director of the International Center for Law and Religion Studies, and Associate Dean of Research and Academic Affairs at the BYU Law School.

Download Professor Scharffs’ PowerPoint Presentation here.  
Download the recording (.wmv) of the presentation here.

An internationally recognized scholar and lecturer in the fields of comparative law and religion, philosophy of law, and international business law…

David Kirkham Discussion Series Recording and PowerPoint Now Available

Professor David M. Kirkham presented the third lecture in the 2013 Religious Freedom Discussion Series, “Freedom of Conscience and the American Identity,” on 10 July 2013 at Brigham Young University. 

  • The recording (wmv format) of the lecture is available here.
  • Professor Kirkham’s PowerPoint presentation is available here.

Professor Kirkham is Senior Fellow for Comparative Law and International Policy and Regional Advisor for the European Union and Council of Europe of the International Center for Law and Religion Studies and professor in the Department…

Elizabeth Clark on “Converging Challenges to Religious Freedom” – Recordings Available

The 2013 Religious Freedom Discussion Series continued on 8 May with an excellent and informative lecture by Professor Elizabeth Clark, Associate Director of the International Center for Law and Religion Studies of the J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University, which sponsors the series. At the meeting held at noon in the law school and simulcast by Webinar to listeners worldwide, Professor Clark discussed “Converging Challenges to Religious Freedom.”

Download Professor Clark’s PowerPoint presentation here.  
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Professor Cole Durham at Discussion Series: “Against Free Exercise Reductionism”

W. Cole Durham, Jr., Director of The International Center for Law and Religion Studies and Susa Young Gates Professor of Law at Brigham Young University, J. Reuben Clark Law School, presented the first lecture in the third Religious Freedom Discussion Series on Wednesday, 20 March 2013. Professor Durham’s topic was “Against Free Exercise Reductionism.”