Annual Lectures

Since 1983, the Center for Church/State Studies has sponsored an Annual Lecture in service of its mission to foster continuing dialogue among members of the legal, policy-making and religious constituencies of our society. The Center invites a distinguished scholar to present a lecture on religion and law each spring. These lectures are published in the DePaul University Law Review; additionally, the first ten annual lectures were collected and published as The Collected Papers of the Center for Church/State Studies 1983-1992.

Previous Annual Church/State Lectures, given by the nation's leading religious and legal thinkers, have included:

  • The Election Sermon: Situating Religion and the Constitution in the 18th Century, 2009: MARK A. NOLL, Francis A. McAnaney Professor of History, University of Notre Dame (publication forthcoming)
  • The Question of Democracy, 2007: FRANKLIN I. GAMWELL, Shailer Mathews Professor of Religious Ethics, the Philosophy of Religion, and Theology, University of Chicago Divinity School. 57 DEPAUL L. REV. 997 (2008).
  • The Almighty and the Dollar: Prayer and School Funding in 20th Century America, 2006. Published as "Free" Religion and "Captive Schools: Protestants, Catholics, and Education: SARAH BARRINGER GORDON, Arlin M. Adams Professor of Law and History, University of Pennsylvania. 56 DEPAUL L. REV. 1177 (2007).
  • The Faith-Based Initiative and the Constitution, 2005: IRA C. LUPU,Eleanor Davis Professor of Law, George Washington University, and ROBERT W. TUTTLE, Professor of Law and David R. and Sherry Kirschner Berz Research Professor of Law and Religion, George Washington University. 55 DEPAUL L. REV. 1 (2005).
  • Spirituality, Fundamentalism, Liberty: Religion at the End of Modernity, 2004: FREDERICK M. GEDICKS, Guy Anderson Chair and Professor of Law, Brigham Young University. 54 DEPAUL L. REV. 1193 (2005).
  • Interpreting the First Amendment: Has Ideology Triumphed Over History? 2003: MOST REVEREND THOMAS J. CURRY, Santa Barbara Region Auxiliary Bishop. 53 DEPAUL L. REV. 1 (2003).
  • Church and State in an Age of Globalization, 2002: ROBIN W. LOVIN, Cary M. Maguire University Professor of Ethics, Southern Methodist University Perkins School of Theology. 52 DEPAUL L. REV. 1 (2002).
  • The Myth of Divine Law in Secular Society, 2001: RABBI BURTON VISOTZKY, Nathan and Janet Appleman Chair in Midrash and Inter-Religious Studies, Jewish Theological Seminary of America. 51 DEPAUL L. REV. 1061 (2001).
  • The Problem of Singling Out Religion, 2000: MICHAEL McCONNELL, Presidential Professor, University of Utah Law School. 50 DEPAUL L. REV. 1 (2000).
  • Religion and the New Laws in Russia, 1999: REV. CANON DR. MICHAEL BOURDEAUX, Director, Keston Institute. 49 DEPAUL L. REV. 139 (1999).
  • Liberal Democracy and Religious Morality, 1998: MICHAEL J. PERRY, University Distinguished Chair in Law, Wake Forest University. 48 DEPAUL L. REV. 1 (1998).
  • Religion and the Public Square: Making Democracy Safe for Religious Minorities, 1997: SUZANNA SHERRY, Earl R. Larson Professor of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Law, University of Minnesota. 47 DEPAUL L. REV. 499 (1998).
  • The Constitution and the Religious University, 1996: STEPHEN L. CARTER, William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Law, Yale University. 47 DEPAUL L. REV. 479 (1998).
  • The Widening Gyres of Religion and Law, 1995: MARTIN E. MARTY, Fairfax M. Cone Distinguished Service Professor, University of Chicago Divinity School. 45 DEPAUL L. REV. 651 (1996).
  • Law and Logos, 1994: HAROLD J. BERMAN, Robert W. Woodruff Professor of Law, Emory University. 44 DEPAUL L. REV. 143 (1994).
  • Truth and the Religion Clauses, 1993: WILLIAM P. MARSHALL, Galen J. Roush Professor of Law, Case Western Reserve University. 43 DEPAUL L. REV. 243 (1994).
  • The End of Free Exercise, 1992: HONORABLE JOHN T. NOONAN, JR., Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. 42 DEPAUL L. REV. 567 (1992).
  • Religion, the Political Culture, and the Law, 1991: JOHN F WILSON, Collord Professor of Religion, Princeton University. 41 DEPAUL L. REV. 821 (1992).
  • Religious Convictions and Political Choice: Further Thoughts, 1990: KENT GREENAWALT, Cardozo Professor of Jurisprudence, Columbia University School of Law. 39 DEPAUL L. REV. 1019 (1990).
  • Formal, Substantive, and Disaggregated Neutrality Toward Religion, 1989: DOUGLAS LAYCOCK, Alice McKean Young Regents Chair in Law, The University of Texas at Austin. 39 DEPAUL L. REV. 993 (1990).
  • The Constitutionality of Uniquely Religious Exemptions, 1988: CHARLES M. WHELAN, S.J., Professor of Law, Fordham University.
  • The Doctrine of Accommodation in the Jurisprudence of the Religion Clauses, 1987: HONORABLE ARLIN M. ADAMS, former Judge, United States Supreme Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. 37 DEPAUL L. REV. 1 (1988).
  • The Religion Clauses of the First Amendment and Foreign Relations, 1986: JOHN H. MANSFIELD, John J. Watson Professor of Law, Harvard. 36 DEPAUL L. REV. 1 (1986).
  • Separation, Accommodation and the Future of Church and State, 1985: DALLIN H. OAKS, Member, The Council of Twelve, The Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-Day Saints.
  • The Religion Clause and the Burger Court, 1983: JESSE H. CHOPER, Dean, University of California at Berkeley School of Law.