Religious Scholar to Speak on “Living with our Deepest Differences”

February 8, 2000

Dr. Charles C. Haynes will present “Living with our Deepest Differences: Religious Liberty in the 21st Century America” during Mary Baldwin University’s Staley Lecture on Tuesday, February 15, at 5:00 p.m. in Hunt Lounge. The event is free and open to the public.

Haynes is recognized as a leading authority on religious liberty issues in public education. Currently a Senior Scholar at The Freedom Forum First Amendment Center at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN, he was formerly the executive director of the First Liberty Institute at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA. He presently serves on the Board of Directors of the Character Education Partnership.

The author of the weekly column Finding Common Ground, Haynes was one of the principal organizers and drafters of “Religious Liberty, Public Education, and the Future of American Democracy: A Statement of Principles,” which was sponsored by twenty-four major educational and religious organizations. Haynes also co-chaired the coalitions that produced a series of consensus guidelines on “Religion in the Public School Curriculum,” “Religious Holidays in the Public Schools,” and “The Equal Access Act.” He is the author of Religion in American History: What to Teach and How and Finding Common Ground: A First Amendment Guide to Religion and Public Education. He co-authored Taking Religion Seriously Across the Curriculum and Living With Our Deepest Differences: Religious Liberty in a Pluralistic Society, a social studies curriculum.

Haynes holds a master’s degree in religion and education from Harvard Divinity School and a Ph.D. in theological studies from Emory University. He formerly taught world religions at Randolph-Macon College and social studies in both public and private secondary schools.

Established in 1967, the Staley Lectures are funded through the generosity of the Thomas F. Staley Foundation to bring distinguished religious scholars to Mary Baldwin annually to speak on current issues in the field of religion.