Religious Liberty and the American Founding: Natural Rights and the Original Meaning of the First Amendment's Religion Clauses: Lecture Three

Charles E. Test, M.D. '37 Distinguished Lectures Series

March 4, 2020
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Vincent Phillip MuñozTocqueville Associate Professor of Religion & Public Life; Concurrent Associate Professor of Law, University of Notre Dame

Respondents: Donald L. Drakeman *88Distinguished Research Professor, Program in Constitutional Studies, University of Notre Dame; Fellow in Health Management, University of Cambridge; Michael P. MorelandUniversity Professor of Law and Religion; Director of the Eleanor H. McCullen Center for Law, Religion and Public Policy, Villanova University

Lecture Three: Should We Adopt the Founders’ Natural Rights Constitutionalism of Religious Liberty?

In his final lecture, Professor Muñoz will discuss the case for and against adopting the Founders’ understanding of religious free exercise and the disassociation of church and state. Are the Founders’ principles of religious freedom compelling? Would they make for good constitutional law today? Professors Drakeman and Moreland will respond.

Lecture Three: Should We Adopt the Founders’ Natural Rights Constitutionalism of Religious Liberty? 

In his final lecture, Professor Muñoz will discuss the case for and against adopting the Founders’ understanding of religious free exercise and the disassociation of church and state. Are the Founders’ principles of religious freedom compelling? Would they make for good constitutional law today? Professors Drakeman and Moreland will respond.

Vincent Phillip Muñoz is the Tocqueville Associate Professor of Political Science and Concurrent Associate Professor of Law at the University of Notre Dame. He is the Founding Director of ND’s undergraduate minor in Constitutional Studies and also directs Notre Dame’s Tocqueville Program for Inquiry into Religion and Public Life. Professor Muñoz writes and teaches across the fields of constitutional law, American politics, and political philosophy with a focus on religious liberty and the American Founding. His first book, God and the Founders: Madison, Washington, and Jefferson (Cambridge University Press, 2009) won the Hubert Morken Award from the American Political Science Association for the best publication on religion and politics in 2009 and 2010. His First Amendment church-state case reader, Religious Liberty and the American Supreme Court: The Essential Cases and Documents (Rowman & Littlefield) was first published in 2013 (revised edition, 2015) and is being used at Notre Dame and other leading universities. In 2019, he joined the editorial team of American Constitutional Law (11th edition, Routledge, 2019), the leading constitutional law casebooks designed for undergraduate instruction. Professor Muñoz has been awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship to support his current project, a scholarly monograph on the natural right of religious liberty and the original meaning of the First Amendment’s Religion Clauses. Articles from that project have appeared in American Political Science ReviewThe Harvard Journal of Law and Public PolicyNotre Dame Law ReviewAmerican Political Thought, and the University of Pennsylvania’s Journal of Constitutional Law. Professor Muñoz has spoken at over 70 colleges and universities in the past several years. He received his B.A. at Claremont McKenna College, his M.A. at Boston College, and his Ph.D. at Claremont Graduate School.

Donald L. Drakeman *88 is Distinguished Research Professor in the Program on Constitutional Studies at the University of Notre Dame, and a Fellow in Operations and Technology Management at the University of Cambridge. He has published several books on religion and law, including Church, State, and Original Intent (2010) and Church and State in American History (2020), and his works have been cited by the Supreme Courts of the United States and the Philippines. Also the author of Why We Need the Humanities (2016), his next book is The Hollow Core of Constitutional Theory. Professor Drakeman is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. He is a graduate of Dartmouth College and received a J.D. from Columbia University and a Ph.D. from Princeton University.

Michael P. Moreland was appointed University Professor of Law and Religion and Director of the Eleanor H. McCullen Center for Law, Religion, and Public Policy at Villanova University School of Law in 2017. He joined the Villanova faculty in 2006 and served as Vice Dean from 2012 to 2015. His areas of teaching and research are torts, law and religion, constitutional law, and bioethics. Following law school, Professor Moreland clerked for the Honorable Paul J. Kelly Jr., of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, was an associate at Williams & Connolly L.L.P. in Washington, D.C., and served as Associate Director for Domestic Policy at the White House under President George W. Bush. He received his B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Notre Dame, his M.A. and Ph.D. in Theological Ethics from Boston College, and his J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School.

Location:

Bowen Hall 222

Funded by:

the Bouton Law Lecture Fund