May 20, 2003

Teaching About Religion in Public Schools: Where do We Go From Here?

Conference took place May 20-22, 2003
Freedom Forum
Arlington, VA

Keynote Speech
Jon Butler, Yale University

Teaching About Religion in Public Schools: History and Background on the U.S. Constitution
Speakers:
Charles Haynes, First Amendment Center
Melissa Rogers, Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life
Jennifer Norton, Argonaut High School
Evelyn Holman, Bayshore, New York School District

Teaching About Religion Post 9/11
Speakers:
Warren Nord, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
Marjorie Green, Anti-Defamation League
Joe Loconte, Heritage Foundation
Shabbir Mansuri, Council on Islamic Education
Mary Ellen Sikes, Institute for Humanist Studies
Meera Viswanathan, Brown University

Moderator:
E.J. Dionne, Jr., Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life

Yes, But How? Teaching About Religion in History
Speakers:
Susan Douglass, Council on Islamic Education
Mynga Futrell, Objectivity, Accuracy, and Balance In Teaching About Religion
Bruce Grelle, California State University-Chico
Rebecca Hayes, Mary Washington College
Kimberly Plummer, Holt, Rinehart & Winston

Moderator:
Marcia Beauchamp, Education Consultant

The Bible Controversy
Speakers:
Barrett Duke, Jr., Southern Baptist Convention, Ethics and Religious Liberty
Matthew Hicks, Council for Spiritual and Ethical Education
David Levenson, Florida State University
Judith Schaeffer, People for the American Way
Christopher Thacker, Bible Literacy Project

Moderator: Melissa Rogers, Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life

Religion and Moral Education
Speakers:
Linda McKay, U.S. Department of Education
Marvin Berkowitz, University of Missouri, St. Louis
Matthew Spalding, Heritage Foundation

Moderator:
Diane Berreth, Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development

Teaching About Religion: Beyond History
Speakers:
Kathy Brownback, Phillips Exeter Academy
Eric Holmes, Oak Hill Elementary
Amanda Hughes, Ackland Museum Five Faiths Project

Moderator:
Marcia Beauchamp, Education Consultant

Religion and Science: Should Schools Teach the Controversy?
Speakers:
Kent Greenawalt, Columbia University Law School
Warren Nord, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
Jay Wexler, Boston University
Larry Witham, Journalist and Author

Moderator:
Charles Haynes, First Amendment Center

Preparing Teachers to Take Religion Seriously
Speakers:
Judith Lessow-Hurley, San Jose State University
Diane Moore, Harvard University
Axel Ramirez, Utah Valley State College
Sam Swofford, California Commission on Teacher Credentialing

Moderator:
Charles Haynes, First Amendment Center

Closing Comments
Moderators:
Melissa Rogers, Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life
Charles Haynes, First Amendment Center