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Influential Scholar & Author will Hold Workshop for Educators about Religious Liberty in American Public Schools

Allentown, PA (September 24, 2004) - Prior to his speech (Please see previous release "Reading, Writing and Religion?"), Charles C. Haynes, senior scholar at the First Amendment Center and director of the center's First Amendment educational program in schools, will hold a workshop designed for educators on Tuesday, October 5, 2004 from 3:30-5:30 in the 1867 Room of the Tompkins College Center. The workshop will focus on issues of religion in America's public schools. 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.

The workshop is free but registration is required. To register, please contact Barbara Heinly at 610-606-4666, ext. 3473.


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