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March 7: State Secrets, Gay Marriage and The Morning-After Pill

March 2, 2016

What do state secrets, gay marriage and the morning-after pill have in common?

Join us for a public discussion with Yale Professor of Religious Studies, American Studies, History and Divinity Kathyrn Lofton at the Founders Annual Lecture in Comparative Religion and Contemporary Life on “State Secrets, Gay Marriage, and the Morning-After Pill: Conscience in the Age of Corporate Religious Freedom.”

Professor Lofton will explore the changing face of religious freedom in America: how Edward Snowden, Kentucky County Clerk Kim Davis, and for-profit corporations have become defendants of conscience, religious and otherwise, in a secular age.

When: Monday, March 7, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.

Where: University of Washington, Jackson School of International Studies, Thomson Hall, Room 101

This event is free and open to the public.

It is co-sponsored by the Comparative Religion Program and Center for Global Studies at the Jackson School of International Studies, the Simpson Center and the Anthropology Department. To request disability accommodation contact the Office of the ADA coordinator in advance of the event: 206-543-6450 (tdd), 206-685-3885 (FAX) OR

About Kathyrn Lofton

Professor Lofton’s recent research includes the culture concept of Goldman Sachs and the religious contexts of Bob Dylan’s music. Lofton_photoHer book “Oprah: The Gospel of an Icon,” analyzed the nature of religion in contemporary America. She has curated a collaborative web project called “Frequencies” and hosted conferences including one on the Roman Catholic sex abuse crisis. Professor Lofton has won Yale’s Poorvu Family Award for Interdisciplinary Teaching (2010), the Sarai Ribicoff Award for the Encouragement of Teaching (2013), and the Graduate Mentor Award in the Humanities (2013).

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