The Constitution and Religion in These Extraordinary Times

SEPTEMBER 21, 2018

MARK KENDE, Professor; James Madison Chair in Constitutional Law; Director, Drake University Constitutional Law Center

11:45 am – 1:00 pm
Waveland Hall
4126 Ingersoll Ave, Des Moines

$10 per person (payable at the door) — includes lunch

Our nation was built on the promises of the Constitution as envisioned by the founders. It is easy to forget some of the basics when we are living in such tumultuous times. What are the foundational principles of the Constitution that each of us should understand? What happens when my rights conflict with yours? What are a few of the most important religion cases decided by the U.S. Supreme Court in recent years? Professor Kende’s presentation will address the current state of the U.S. Constitution and Religion.

Mark Kende is the James Madison Chair in Constitutional Law and Director of the Congressionally endowed Drake University Constitutional Law Center. He has served as a Professor of Law at the University of Montana in addition to serving as a Visiting Professor of Law at several institutions including the University of Paris II, the University of Nantes, and Notre Dame Law School. As a previous Fulbright Senior Scholar, Mark also served as a Visiting Professor of Law at the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa.

Mark’s areas of expertise focus on constitutional law (including freedom of religion), comparative constitutionalism, civil rights, cyber-law, and civil procedure. His writings on South Africa and on U.S. constitutional law focus on many of these topics. Mark’s most notable work is Constitutional Rights in Two Worlds: South Africa the United States (2009).

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Crossroads is a monthly gathering of Interfaith Alliance of Iowa. An opportunity to learn, to participate in civil dialogue, and to discuss issues at the crossroads of religion and politics.