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Chair of U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom to Speak at Taylor

  • Published: Nov 30, 2015 9:15AM
Dr. Robert P. George

Dr. Robert P. George, Chair of the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom, will appear at Taylor University where he will conduct A Conversation on Religious Freedom next Tuesday, December 1, at 7:00 p.m.

George’s address will be held in the Mitchell Theatre on the Taylor campus. The public is invited and there is no charge to attend.

In addition to his work with the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, George is a faculty member at Princeton University, where he serves as the McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence and Director of the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions. George has been a visiting professor at Harvard Law School and is the Herbert W. Vaughan Senior Fellow of the Witherspoon Institute in Princeton.

George has served on the President’s Council on Bioethics (2002-2009), and as a presidential appointee to the United States Commission on Civil Rights (1993-1998). He has also served on UNESCO’s World Commission on the Ethics of Science and Technology. He is a former Judicial Fellow at the Supreme Court of the United States, where he received the Justice Tom C. Clark Award.

George has authored pieces published in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post, as well as Harvard Law Review, Yale Law Journal, and Columbia Law Review. He is also the author of a number of books including: Making Men Moral: Civil Liberties and Public Morality (Oxford University Press, 1993), In Defense of Natural Law (Oxford University Press, 1999), The Clash of Orthodoxies (ISI, 2001) and Conscience and Its Enemies (ISI, 2013).

George has served as editor of several volumes including Natural Law Theory: Contemporary Essays (Oxford University Press, 1992), The Autonomy of Law: Essays on Legal Positivism (Oxford University Press, 1996), Natural Law, Liberalism, and Morality (Oxford University Press, 1996), and Great Cases in Constitutional Law (Princeton University Press, 2000).

He holds degrees from Swarthmore College, Harvard Law School, and Oxford University, as well as honorary doctorates of law, letters, ethics, science, divinity, humane letters, law and moral values, civil law, and juridical science.

George has been awarded the United States Presidential Citizens Medal, the Honorific Medal for the Defense of Human Rights of the Republic of Poland, the Bradley Prize for Intellectual and Civic Achievement, the Philip Merrill Award of the American Council of Trustees and Alumni, the Paul Bator Award of the Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy, a Silver Gavel Award of the American Bar Association, the Charles Fried Award of the Harvard Law School Federalist Society chapter, and the Stanley Kelley, Jr. Teaching Award in Politics at Princeton.

“Robert George brings a thoughtful, respectful, Christian voice to the public square as he discusses the most important social, cultural and intellectual issues of our time,” said Dr. Tom Jones, Chair of the departments of History, International Studies and Social Studies at Taylor University. “He personifies the ‘faithful presence’ style of Christian witness that James Davison Hunter (To Change the World) calls 21st century disciples of Jesus to practice in their vocations, communities, and homes.

"The Taylor community is fortunate to have an opportunity to engage with Dr. George in an important discussion of religious freedom at a time when increasing numbers of Christians are pressured to avoid public expressions of faith-informed beliefs regarding the most significant issues that challenge us locally, nationally and globally,” Jones added.