Saya Woolfalk, Visual Artist, New York, and Jeff Durham, Assistant Curator, Himalayan Arts, Asian Art Museum

Co-presented by the Asian Art Museum–Chong-Moon Lee Center for Asian Art and Culture and Headlands Center for the Arts

Janet Jakobsen, Professor of Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Barnard College

Winnifred Sullivan, Professor of Law and Religion, Indiana University

A persistent question in considering the proper scope for legal protection for religious freedom is whether any such protection should extend to groups as well as to individuals. Countless US laws give special legal privileges to churches—and, sometimes, by an imperfect analogy, to other religious groups or organizations, but in US law a religious group has almost always meant a church or church-related institution of some kind. This lecture will explore the religious phenomenology—the political theology, if you will—of the US Supreme Court’s theory of corporate religious rights, setting its recent decisions in Hosanna-Tabor v EEOC and Burwell v Hobby Lobby in a longer historical and ecclesiological frame. Can it ever be constitutional for the US Supreme Court to refer to “the church?” (Sullivan)

Winnifred Fallers Sullivan is Professor of Religious Studies and Chair, Department of Religious Studies, and Affiliate Professor of Law, Maurer School of Law at Indiana University, Bloomington. She studies the intersection of religion and law in the modern period, particularly the phenomenology of modern religion as it is shaped in its encounter with law. She is the author of Paying the Words Extra: Religious Discourse in the Supreme Court of the United States (Cambridge: Harvard University Center for the Study of World Religions, 1994); The Impossibility of Religious Freedom (Princeton, 2005), Prison Religion: Faith-based Reform and the Constitution (Princeton, 2009), and A Ministry of Presence (Chicago 2014). She holds a J.D. and a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago, and has previously taught at Washington & Lee University, the University of Chicago Divinity School and SUNY Buffalo Law School. During the 2010-2011 academic year, she was a member of the School of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton.

Sara McClintock, Associate Professor of Tibetan and Indian Buddhism, Emory University

Webb Keane, George Herbert Mead Collegiate Professor of Anthropology, University of Michican, Ann Arbor

Fanny Howe, Poet, Essayist, Novelist