America was founded, in large part, by people seeking
religious freedom. Finding it here, the Constitution took pains
to make certain religion remained separated from the affairs of
state. At a time when religion seems to be on everyone's mind,
the debate rages on as to the rightful place of religion in
The 1997 Milton S. Eisenhower Symposium, "In God We Trust? America's Response to the Rise of Religion," will explore some of the most controversial and interesting issues that arise when this seeming religious revival clashes with America's institutional secularism.
Ralph Reed, Jesse Jackson and Michael Dukakis are among the national figures who will speak on topics like euthanasia, the separation of church and state, the racial divide in religion, prayer in schools, moral censorship in the entertainment industry, the powerful influence of the Christian right and abortion. Alan Dershowitz spoke on the "Vanishing American Jew" on Sept. 4.
Admission to all lectures is free and open to the public.
The MSE Symposium was established in 1967 by the Student Council to honor Milton S. Eisenhower, the university's eighth president. Every year since then, a team of two to three students, chosen by the Student Council, has arranged and managed all aspects of the free series. This year's symposium chairs are Andrew Levi and Craig Zapetis.
1997 Speakers List
September 4; Shriver Hall, 8 p.m.
September 18; Shriver Hall, 8 p.m.
September 23; Shriver Hall, 8 p.m.
September 29; Shriver Hall, 8 p.m.
6; place TBA, 8 p.m.
October 16; Shriver Hall, 8 p.m.
October 22; Shriver Hall, 8 p.m.
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