Scholars on religion and law to discuss evangelization in America April 7

Scholars on religion and law to discuss evangelization in America April 7

What theological and legal issues are presented by evangelization in a pluralistic America?

The Terrence J. Murphy Institute for Catholic Thought, Law and Public Policy at the University of St. Thomas will host "Conversions and Conflict: An Interreligious Discussion on Evangelization" from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Monday, April 7, in the Schulze Grand Atrium of the university's School of Law in downtown Minneapolis.

The discussion, free and open to the public, will feature two law professors known nationally for their research and writing on issues of law and religion: Richard Garnett of University of Notre Dame (Ind.) Law School, and L. Ali Khan of Washburn School of Law in Topeka, Kan.

Garnett, who is the John Cardinal O'Hara, C.S.C., Associate Professor of Law at Notre Dame, received his law degree from Yale Law School in 1995 and was a clerk to U.S. Chief Justice William Rehnquist. He has written widely on issues of church-state relations and freedoms of speech and religion.

Khan, who received his law degrees from Punjab University, Lahore, in Pakistan and from New York University School of Law, has devoted much of his academic scholarship to Islamic law and conflicts involving Muslim communities.

Local respondents are Rabbi Marcia Zimmerman, senior rabbi of Temple Israel in Minneapolis, and Dr. Wilbur Stone, director of the Global and Contextual Studies Program at Bethel Seminary in St. Paul.  Questions from the audience also will be invited.

A reception follows the discussion. Advance registrations are requested by e-mail to or call Valerie Munson, (651) 962-4842.