Spring 2020 Legal Humanities Fellowship Application
The Collegium Institute invites you to apply for the Spring 2020 Fellowship program in the Legal Humanities. The program welcomes a small group of fellows to participate in six lunch discussion sessions. The discussions will be facilitated by academics and professionals in law, history, and philosophy.
This semester will focus on religious liberty, church-state relations, and the First Amendment. The new Cambridge Companion to the First Amendment and Religious Liberty will serve as a guide for the topics. Among the questions to be raised are: What is religion, and what is it not? Is religion a special good deserving of legal protection? Should governments promote, to the extent possible, religion generally or a particular religion, even to the exclusion of other religions or non-religion, or should they adhere to a policy of church-state separation? What is legitimate religious dissent, and what kind of loyalty should be required to ensure religious liberty? What does the religion clauses of the First Amendment mean? How has the Supreme Court interpreted them over the centuries? What is the future of religious liberty in America?
Please fill out this form to apply, and contact Prof. Michael Breidenbach at
for more information or with questions.
Schedule: Mondays at noon (2/3 , 2/17, 3/2, 3/16, 3/30, and 4/6)
Location: University of Pennsylvania Campus, ARCH 108
Topics this semester will include:
- Foundations of Religion, Philosophy of Law, Religious Exercise
- Religious Exercise and Establishment in Early America
- The Historical Contexts of the Religion Clauses of the First Amendment
- Landmark Cases for the Establishment Clause
- Landmark Cases for the Free Exercise Clause
- The Future of Religious Liberty in America
Anticipated year of graduation
Brief statement of interest: Why would you like to participate in the Legal Humanities Fellowship? (150 - 200 words)
How did you hear about this program?
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