2017 Schedule

Thursday, July 6

*Note: tentative schedule, subject to change.

8:30 a.m. Registration
9:00–9:30 a.m. Keynote Address
Senator Jeff Flake,
United States Congress
9:45–10:45 a.m. Plenary Session
Religious Freedom as an Article of Faith

Brett G. Scharffs, Director, International Center for Law and Religion Studiesand Frances R. Kirkham Professor of Law, J. Reuben Clark Law School, Brigham Young University

Why Religious Freedom Matters to Me
Katrina Lantos Swett, President, Lantos Foundation for Human Rights and Justice and former U.S. Commissioner for International Religious Freedom

11:00 a.m.–noon

Choice of Workshops, including:

  • What’s the Law on Religious Expression in the Public Square? The First Amendment’s Establishment Clause
  • Religion in Public Schools: What Rights Do Parents and Students Have?
  • How to Get Involved in Local Government          
  • Religion and the Workplace: What Employers Should Know
  • How Can I Discuss Religious Freedom as a Human Right?​
Noon–1:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00–2:30 p.m.

Plenary: A Conversation on the Changing Face of Religion in American Public Life
Daniel Cox, Director of Research, Public Religion Research Institute
Melissa Rogers, Nonresident Senior Fellow in Governance Brookings Institution; former Executive Director, White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships
Asma Uddin, Director of Strategy, Center for Islam and Religious Freedom
Michael Moreland, Mary Ann Remick Senior Visiting Fellow, Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture; Professor of Law, Villanova University

2:45–3:45 p.m.

Choice of Workshops including:

  • What’s the Law on Religious Expression in the Public Square? The First Amendment’s Establishment Clause
  • Religion in Public Schools: What Rights Do Parents and Students Have?
  • How to Get Involved in Local Government
  • Religion and the Workplace: Workers' Rights and Accommodations
  • How Can I Discuss Religious Freedom as a Human Right?
4:00–5:30 p.m.

Plenary Session: Reconciling Religious Freedom and Other Civil Rights
Alexander Dushku, Shareholder, Kirton McConkie
Melissa Rogers Nonresident Senior Fellow in Governance, Brookings Institution; former Executive Director, White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships
Stanley Carlson-Thies, Founder and Senior Director of the Institutional Religious Freedom Alliance        

Friday, July 7

8:30 a.m. Registration
9:00–10:00 a.m.

Plenary Session: Why Religious Freedom Matters to Me
Helen Easterling Williams, Dean of Graduate Education, Pepperdine University
William F. Atkin, Associate General Counsel, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

10:15 a.m.–noon

Plenary Session: Preserving Religious Diversity in Higher Education
John Jackson, President, William Jessup University
Patrick J. Reilly, President, The Cardinal Newman Society
Shapri LoMaglio, Vice-President for Government and External Relations, Council for Christian Colleges and Universities
Steven M. Sandberg, Deputy General Counsel, Brigham Young University

Noon–1:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00–2:00 p.m.

Choice of Workshops, including:

  • How Broad is Religious Freedom? Constitutional and Legislative Protections
  • Religion and the Workplace: Workers’ Rights and Accommodations
  • How Do I Get Involved? Where Can I Make a Difference?
  • How to Reach Out and Find Common Ground with LGBTQ Communities
  • Religious Freedom in Public Schools: What Rights Do Teachers and Administrators Have?
  • Using Business to Advance Religious Freedom
  • Religion and the Workplace: What Employers Should Know
2:15–3:15 p.m.

Choice of Workshops, including:

  • How Broad is Religious Freedom? Constitutional and Legislative Protections
  • Religion and the Workplace: Workers’ Rights and Accommodations
  • How Do I Get Involved? Where Can I Make a Difference?
  • How to Reach Out and Find Common Ground with LGBTQ Communities
  • Religious Freedom in Public Schools: What Rights Do Teachers and Administrators Have?
  • Using Business to Advance Religious Freedom
  • Religion and the Workplace: What Employers Should Know
3:30–5:00 p.m.

Plenary Discussion: What Can Make a Difference in Promoting International Religious Freedom?
Andrew Bennett, former Canadian Ambassador for Religious Freedom
Katrina Lantos Swett, former U.S. Commissioner for International Religious Freedom
Kent Hill, Executive Director, Religious Freedom Institute

5:00–5:30 p.m.

Concluding Remarks