Upholding Religious Freedom in Local Communities

March 20, 2017 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Knight Conference Center
555 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC 20001
Free and open to the public. Registration is required.
Upholding Religious Freedom in Local Communities @ Knight Conference Center | Washington | District of Columbia | United States

Religious and civic leadership in the 21st century requires a thorough understanding of the guiding principles of the First Amendment, which enables Americans to negotiate religious and philosophical differences with civility and respect. Most religious and civic leaders receive little or no education about the history and significance of the religious liberty principles of the First Amendment. These principles provide the civic framework for living among people of any religion or none.

This panel features religious and civic leaders from around the country who represent a diverse array of ideological and disciplinary traditions: Latter-Day Saint (Mormon), Anglican, Episcopal, Sunni Islam, Jewish, and Unitarian Universalist. These leaders are actively engaged in religious freedom advocacy work, putting theory into practice within their local communities.

This event is sponsored by the Religious Freedom Center of the Newseum Institute.


  • Sabrina E. Dent, director of admissions and recruitment at the
    Religious Freedom Center of the Newseum Institute
  • Charles C. Haynes, vice president of the Newseum Institute, founding director
    of the Religious Freedom Center and a senior scholar at the First Amendment Center
  • Joel Campbell, associate professor in journalism at Brigham Young University School of Communications
  • Dianne Daniels, community activist
  • Aesha Mehta, associate director of programs at the Hindu American Foundation
  • Lauren W. Herman, civil rights lawyer, community organizer, and scholar of religion and the law
  • Mazhun Idris, freelance journalist and intern for the Center for Islam and Religious Freedom and AtlasCorps
  • Engy Abdelkader, senior fellow and adjunct professor at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University


Kristen Looney, project director of the Religious Freedom Center of the Newseum Institute.


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