Acclaimed Novelist, Yale Law Professor, and Leading Intellectual in Law, Religion, and Culture

Stephen L. Carter


“God's Name in Vain: Religion in Politics”

Monday, October 17, 2011
3:30 p.m. - Q & A, Dorsey Gym
6:00 p.m. - Reception, Dulany Banquet Room
7:30 p.m. - Lecture, Launer Auditorium

Columbia College Campus

Stephen L. Carter

About Stephen L. Carter

Stephen L. Carter, a Stanford graduate, attended Yale Law School where he was a notes editor of the Yale Law Journal. He served as a law clerk for Judge Spottswood W. Robinson, III, of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, and later for Justice Thurgood Marshall of the Supreme Court of the United States. Currently serving as the William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Law at Yale University, Carter teaches courses on law and religion, intellectual property, contracts, professional responsibility, lying and secrets, and the ethics of warfare. His first novel, The Emperor of Ocean Park, spent 11 weeks on the New York Times Best-Seller List. His nonfiction books include The Culture of Disbelief: How American Law and Politics Trivialize Religious Devotion; Civility: Manners, Morals, and the Etiquette of Democracy; and Godís Name in Vain: The Wrongs and Rights of Religion in Politics. His most recent nonfiction book is The Violence of Peace: Americaís Wars in the Age of Obama.

The Schiffman Lecture in Religious Studies was created to educate students, faculty, staff and the community about religion’s influence on society in the Unites States and globally. Read more about the Schiffman Lecture series.

Previous lectures in Religious Studies
2010 Dr. James H. Austin, Neurologist, Researcher, and Zen Practitioner
2009 Robert Wright, Schwartz Senior Fellow, New America Foundation
2009 Dr. Kenneth W. Stein, director, Institute for the Study of Modern Israel of Emory University
2008 Susan Jacoby, author of The New York Times best seller, The Age of American Unreason
2007 Dr. Stephen J. Patterson, professor of New Testament at Eden Theological Seminary, St. Louis
2006 Rev. Martin Marty, pastor, author and Fairfax M. Cone Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus at the University of Chicago Divinity School
2005 Ellen O’Grady, artist and social activist
2004 Rev. John Yonker of First Christian Church and Rabbi Yossi Feintuch of Congregation Beth Shalom of Columbia, Mo.
2003 Dr. Shakir Hoomodi, spokesperson for the Islamic Center of Central Missouri
2002 Dr. Linda Lindsey, professor of sociology and coordinator of women’s studies, Maryville University of St. Louis.
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