Crossroads of Religion and Politics Lunchtime Discussion with Linda McClain
Linda C. McClain is professor of law and Paul M. Siskind Research Scholar at Boston University School of Law, and affiliated faculty with the Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies Program at BU. McClain is the 2016-2017 Laurance S. Rockefeller Visiting Faculty Fellow at the University Center for Human Values. She teaches family law, feminist legal theory, and gender and law. Her scholarship addresses the respective roles of families, other institutions of civil society, and government in fostering citizens’ capacities for democratic and personal self-government. While at Princeton, she will work on a book examining the rhetoric of bigotry and conscience in controversies over same-sex, interracial, and interfaith marriage as well as in controversies over religious exemptions from antidiscrimination laws. Her books include: The Place of Families: Fostering Capacity, Equality, and Responsibility(Harvard University Press, 2006), and Ordered Liberty: Rights, Responsibilities, and Virtues (Harvard University Press, 2013) (with LAPA Fellow James E. Fleming). She is a former Faculty Fellow in Harvard University’s Safra Center for Ethics. McClain recently became a member of the American Law Institute.
Read a blog entry McClain wrote around the time of the controversy over Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which then-Governor Mike Pence had to “fix” after outcry over some of its provisions that critics said licensed discrimination:
And another entry written for a symposium on assessing the status of religious liberty one year after the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Obergefell v. Hodges (2015), which held that same-sex couples may exercise their fundamental right to marry in all 50 states. It explains a recent federal court opinion striking down Mississippi’s law protecting conscience and also talks about conscience protection in the 2016 Republican platform.
This Crossroads of Religion and Politics Discussion Series is co-sponsored by the Center for the Study of Religion and the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. Attendance is limited to Princeton University students, fellows, and faculty, with preference given to CSR and WWS affiliates. Lunch will be provided. Please rsvp to Jenny Legath by Friday, Sept. 30.