On Friday, September 18, at 7:00pm EST, Houghton College will host its first-ever virtual Constitution Day event. One of the country’s leading experts on religious liberty and the Constitution, Gerard V. Bradley of Notre Dame Law School, will give a talk entitled “The Religion Clauses’ Voldemort: Saying that Government Should Aid Religion Because Religion is Good.” His lecture will focus on different understandings of religious “neutrality,” the key concept behind the Supreme Court’s interpretation of the First Amendment’s religion clauses. Given the recent string of religious liberty cases before the Supreme Court, Professor Bradley’s topic could hardly be more timely.
Every fall Houghton’s Pre-Law faculty and students sponsor a special event in observance of Constitution Day, which Congress established as a federal holiday in 2004 to commemorate the date when delegates to the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia signed the country’s new constitution: September 17, 1787. Normally the college sponsors an on-campus event, but this year’s pandemic proved that necessity is the mother of invention by prompting a virtual lecture instead.
“We would love to have Professor Bradley visit campus in person,” said Peter Meilaender, Professor of Political Science, “but we’re excited at the opportunity to reach an audience of alumni, prospective students, and friends of the college who could otherwise not participate in our Constitution Day observance.”
Those interested in registering for the event can do so using this link. The webinar is limited to 100 participants, so reserve your place quickly! Interested parties can also register at the same link after the event to view a recording of the talk. For further information, please contact Peter Meilaender at firstname.lastname@example.org.