Leonard E. Greenberg Center for the Study of Religion in Public Life Celebrating 20 Years

Panel Discussion and Reception to be Held at Trinity College on Monday, September 26

​Hartford, Connecticut, September 21, 2016 –

WHAT: The celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Leonard E. Greenberg Center for the Study of Religion in Public Life at Trinity College. The event will feature a panel discussion, “From the Religious Right to the Rise of the Nones: 20 Years of Religion in American Public Life,” featuring Greenberg Center Director Mark Silk and three of the country’s leading experts on religion in America: Stephen Carter, Kathleen Flake, and John C. Green. The discussion is followed by a reception. The event is free and open to the public.

WHEN: Monday, September 26, 2016

                     Panel discussion begins at 4:30 p.m.; 

                     Reception follows at 6:10 p.m.

WHERE: Panel: McCook Auditorium

                        Reception: Hamlin Hall

                        Trinity College, 300 Summit St, Hartford, CT 06106

                        For directions and a map of the Trinity College campus, please click here



The Leonard E. Greenberg Center for the study of Religion in Public Life at Trinity College was established in the fall of 1996. The center has sponsored scores of programs across campus, mentored students, undertaken major research projects, published books, articles, and a magazine, as well as contributed to the curricular offerings of the College in religion, public policy and law, and urban studies.

​(Clockwise from top left) Stephen Carter, John Green, Greenberg Center Director Mark Silk, and Kathleen Flake.
About the panelists:

Stephen Carter is the William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Law at Yale. A writer of fiction as well as non-fiction, he writes a column for Bloomberg View, is a regular contributor to Newsweek and The Daily Beast and blogs about professional football for the Washington Post. Among his many books is God’s Name in Vain: The Wrongs and Rights of Religion in Politics.

Kathleen Flake is Richard Lyman Bushman Professor in Mormon Studies at the University of Virginia. Formerly a lawyer who litigated cases on behalf of the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights, she teaches American religious history with an emphasis on religious adaptation and the interaction of American religion and law. She is the author most recently of The Politics of Religious Identity: The Seating of Senator Reed Smoot, Mormon Apostle.

John C. Green is Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Director of the Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics at the University of Akron as well as a Senior Fellow with the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life in Washington. Best known for his work on religion and electoral politics, he has been a frequent contributor to the Center’s magazine Religion in the News and among many other works is the author of The Faith Factor: How Religion Influences American Elections, written under the Center’s auspices.