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Influential Scholar & Author will Address Controversial Issue of Religious Liberty in American Public Schools

Allentown, PA (September 23, 2004) - Charles C. Haynes, senior scholar at the First Amendment Center and director of the center's First Amendment educational program in schools will speak at Cedar Crest College's Samuels Theatre in the Tompkins College Center on October 5, 2004 at 7:30 p.m. Haynes's speech will focus on "Religious Liberty in Public Schools: A Common Vision for the Common Good." The event is sponsored by The Interfaith Alliance of the Lehigh Valley, Cedar Crest College and The Morning Call.

Haynes is best known for helping schools and communities find common ground on conflicts involving religion and values in public schools. He was one of the principal organizers and drafters of a series of consensus guidelines on religious liberty in public education endorsed by a broad range of major religious and educational organizations. In 2000, the U.S. Department of Education distributed three of these guides to every public school in the United States.

He is the author of Religion in American History: What to Teach and How, winner of a 1990 Educational Press Award, and Finding Common Ground: A First Amendment Guide to Religion and Public Education. He is co-author of Religion in American Public Life: Living With Our Deepest Differences and Taking Religion Seriously Across the Curriculum. His weekly column on religious liberty appears in newspapers nationwide.

An educator for more than 20 years, Haynes holds a master's degree in religion and education from Harvard Divinity School and a doctorate in theological studies from Emory University. He presently serves on the boards of directors of the Character Education Partnership and the Council for Spiritual and Ethical Education.

The event is free but tickets are required and available through the Special Events Hotline at 610-740-3791. Media inquiries can be directed to the College Relations Office at 610-740-3790.


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