Religious Freedom Annual Review: Religious Freedom for a New Generation

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Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Opening Keynote (full session)

Opening Keynote (highlights)

  • Elder Patrick Kearon, Presidency of the Quorums of the Seventy, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Why Religious Freedom Matters to Me 

General Discussion Session: Religion and the Crisis of Belonging 

  • Moderator: Hal Boyd, Fellow, Wheatley Institution
  • Sumreen Ahmad, Global Change Management Lead, Accenture
  • Shadi Hamid, Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution
  • R.R. Reno, Editor, First Things
  • Scott Winship, Director, Social Capital Project, and Executive Director, Joint Economic Committee, US Congress

 General Session: Loving God and Our (LGBTQ) Neighbor: Ways Forward Culturally and Politically

  • Shirley Hoogstra, President, Council for Christian Colleges and Universities
  • Shannon Minter, Legal Director, National Center for Lesbian Rights
  • Frank S. Ravitch, Professor of Law and Walter H. Stowers Chair in Law and Religion, Michigan State University College of Law
  • Andrew T. Walker, Director of Research and Senior Fellow in Christian Ethics, Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, Southern Baptist Conventions

Workshops

Religious Freedom and Higher Education: Reaching out to an Increasingly Diverse and Pluralistic Generation

  • Moderator: David Kirkham, Senior Fellow, International Center for Law and Religion Studies, BYU Law School
  • Spencer Fluhman, Executive Director, Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship, and Associate Professor of History, Brigham Young University
  • Rebecca Russo, Director of Campus Stewardship, Interfaith Youth Corps
  • David Trimble, Director, Center for Religious Freedom Education, and Senior Fellow, Middle East and International Religious Freedom Policy Action Teams, Religious Freedom Institute

Religious Freedom, the Equality Act, and Its Alternatives

  • Moderator: Frank S. Ravitch, Professor of Law and the Walter H. Stowers Chair in Law and Religion, Michigan State University College of Law
  • Alexander Dushku, Attorney, First Amendment and Religious Organizations Section, Kirton McConkie Law
  • Shannon Minter, Legal Director, National Center for Lesbian Rights
  • Tim Schultz, President, 1st Amendment Partnership

De-Polarizing Religious Freedom: What Can the Latest Research Tell Us?

  • Moderator: Lisa Argyle, Associate Professor of Political Science, Brigham Young University
  • Jeremiah Castle, Lecturer in Political Science, Central Michigan University
  • Andrew Lewis, Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Cincinnati
  • Logan Strother, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Purdue University

“Legislating Morality”: Can and Should Religious Groups Speak Out on Public Policy Issues?

  • Moderator: R. R. Reno, Editor, First Things
  • Chelsea Langston Bombino, Director, Sacred Sector, Center for Public Justice
  • Randel Everett, Founder and President, 21 Wilberforce
  • Christopher Stevenson, President, National Museum of American Religion

Voices of a New Generation: Religion and Racial Reconciliation

  • Moderator: Sabrina Dent, Director of Programs and Partnerships, Religious Freedom Center of the Freedom Forum Institute
  • Amrith Kaur Aakre, Legal Director, Sikh Coalition
  • Drew G. I. Hart, Professor of Theology, Messiah College
  • Daniel Perell, Representative to the United Nations, Bahá’í International Community

Religious Freedom at the Supreme Court: Latest Developments

  • Gene Schaerr, Partner, Schaerr Jaffe LLP; Senior Fellow, International Center for Law and Religion Studies, J. Reuben Clark Law School, Brigham Young University
    Erik Jaffe, Partner, Schaerr Jaffe LLP
    Richard Katskee, Legal Director, Americans United for Separation of Church and State

Religious Freedom and Higher Education: Making the Case for Religious Schools in a Diverse Society

  • Moderator: Steven Sandberg, Assistant to the President and General Counsel at Brigham Young University
  • Ari Lamm, Rabbi and Special Advisor to the President of Yeshiva University
  • Alan Wilkins, Retired Professor of Management, BYU Marriott School of Management; Former Academic Vice President, Brigham Young University
  • David Wright, President, Indiana Wesleyan University

Can Religious Freedom Advance Women’s Rights?

  • Moderator: Gayla Sorenson, Assistant Dean of External Relations, J. Reuben Clark Law School, Brigham Young University
  • Sahar Aziz, Professor of Law and Chancellor’s Social Justice Scholar, Director, Center for Security, Race, and Rights, Rutgers Law School
  • Ashley McGuire, Senior Fellow, The Catholic Association
  • Tina Ramirez, Founder and CEO, Hardwired Global
  • Asma Uddin, Fellow, Initiative on Security and Religious Freedom, UCLA Burkle Center for International Relations

Voices of a New Generation: Religious Freedom, Religious Affiliation, and Culture

  • Moderator: James Heilpern, Law and Corpus Linguistics Fellow, J. Reuben Clark Law School, Brigham Young University
  • Matthew Anderson, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Baylor University’s Institute for Studies of Religion; Founder, Mere Orthodoxy
  • Aysha Khan, Journalist, Religion News Service
  • Emmanuel Roldan, Pastor of Primera Waco
  • Kevin Singer, Codirector of Neighborly Faith

 Thursday, June 20, 2019

Keynote Session

  • Kristina Arriaga, Vice Chair, US Commission on International Religious Freedom

General Session: Why Religious Freedom Matters to Me

  • Agustin Reyes, Chairman of the the Educational Directive, National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference
  • Justin Giboney, Co-founder and President of the AND Campaign

General Discussion Session: Understanding Changing Attitudes Towards Religious Freedom

  • Moderator: Elizabeth A. Clark, Associate Director, International Center for Law and Religion Studies, J. Reuben Clark Law School, Brigham Young University; Program Chair, Religious Freedom Annual Review
  • Chelsea Langston Bombino, Director, Sacred Sector, Center for Public Justice
  • Daniel Cox, Research Fellow, American Enterprise Institute
  • Alexander Heffner, Host, PBS’s The Open Mind
  • Asma Uddin, Fellow, Initiative on Security and Religious Freedom, UCLA Burkle Center for International Relations
  • Michael Wear, Founder of Public Square Strategies

 General Session: Beyond Bakers: Untold Stories of Religious Freedom

  • Moderator: Jane Wise, Associate Director, International Center for Law and Religion Studies, J. Reuben Clark Law School, Brigham Young University
  • James Sonne, Professor of Law and Director, Religious Liberty Clinic, Stanford Law School
  • Corey D. B. Walker, Senior Fellow in Religious Freedom, Religious Freedom Center of the Freedom Forum Institute
  • Joel West Williams, Citizen of the Cherokee Nationa and Senior Staff Attorney, Native American Rights Fund

 Concluding Remarks

  • Brett G. Scharffs, Director, International Center for Law and Religion Studies, and Rex E. Lee Chair and Professor of Law, J. Reuben Clark Law School, Brigham Young University
  • W. Cole Durham, Jr., Susa Young Gates University Professor of Law and Founding Director, International Center for Law and Religion Studies, J. Reuben Clark Law School, Brigham Young University
  • Elizabeth A. Clark, Associate Director, International Center for Law and Religion Studies, J. Reuben Clark Law School, Brigham Young University and Program Chair, Religious Freedom Annual Review

Workshops

Religious Freedom and Higher Education: Access of Religious Student Organizations to Public Colleges and Universities

  • Moderator: Eric Baxter, Vice President and Senior Counsel, Becket Fund for Religious Liberty
  • Josh Blackman, Associate Professor of Law, South Texas College of Law
  • Joe Cohn, Legislative and Policy Director, Foundation for Individual Rights in Education
  • Lori Kepner, Associate General Counsel for Cru

Is the Hijab a Gift to Democracy? A Christian and Muslim Discuss

  • Shadi Hamid, Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution
  • Matthew Kaemingk, Assistant Professor of Christian Ethics, Fuller Theological Seminary; Fellow, the Center for Public Justice

How Parents Can Help Protect Religious Freedom in the Public Schools

  • Moderator: Erin Cranor, Former President, Nevada Association of School Boards, JD/MEd Candidate 2020, J. Reuben Clark Law School, Brigham Young University
  • Renee Porter, Mother, Community Advocate for Religious Freedom
  • Heidi Wixom, Founding President, Power2Parent

Voices of a New Generation: Religious Freedom and LGBTQ Rights

  • Moderator: Tanner Bean, Attorney, Fabian VanCott
  • Billy Kluttz, Evening Worship Leader, Immanuel Presbyterian Church, MDiv candidate, Wesley Seminary
  • Sarah Langford, Director, Communications, North Star
  • Benjamin Marcus, Religious Liberty Specialist, Religious Freedom Center of the Freedom Forum Institute
  • Ben Schilaty, Social Worker and Therapist, LDS Family Services

Religious Freedom and Higher Education: Finding Common Ground – Religious Universities and LGBTQ Student Athletes

  • Moderator: Liz Darger, Senior Associate Athletic Director, Brigham Young University
  • Pat Griffin, Professor Emerita, University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • Skip Lord, National Director of Athletics Engagement, Houghton College
  • Amy Wilson, Managing Director of Inclusion, NCAA

Tolerance Means Dialogues

  • Robin Fretwell Wilson, Roger and Stephany Joslin Professor of Law; Director, Family Law and Policy Program and the Epstein Health Law and Policy Program, University of Illinois College of Law
  • Shannon Minter, Legal Director, National Center for Lesbian Rights
  • Student Scholarship Winners: Alexis Watson, Undergraduate, Brigham Young University, and Cicily Bennion, Graduate, Brigham Young University

Voices of a New Generation: Women and Religious Freedom

  • Moderator: Aline Longstaff, Attorney, Mitchell Barlow & Mansfield PC
  • Jaimie Crumley, Reverend; PhD Candidate, Department of Gender Studies, UCLA
  • Sofi Hersher, Assistant Communications Director, Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism
  • Rachel Morrison, Litigation Counsel, Americans United for Life
  • Melanie Pace, PhD Candidate, Religious Studies, University of Virginia