Marianne Hirsch, professor of Comparative Literature, Columbia University
Randall Balmer, professor of Religion, Barnard College
Jay Lefkowitz, partner, Kirkland and Ellis LLP; special envoy on human rights in North Korea
The Rt. Rev. Catherine S. Roskam, the first female Bishop in the Episcopal Church in the state of New York
David Allen White, professor of Literature, United States Naval Academy
This panel explored the role religion plays in American politics, and how religious institutions exert their political power in elections in the United States. The panelists examined conflicts that arose when human rights issues interfered with religious teaching, and how those conflicts might be resolved.
Ruth Simmons, President of Brown University, addressed the complicated issue of diversity in higher education, citing scholastic diversity as a mechanism to counteract racism and build better democracies.
Lee C. Bollinger, president, Columbia University
Kent Greenawalt, professor of Law, Columbia University
Noah Feldman, professor of Law, New York University
R. Albert Mohler Jr., president, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
Suzanne Last Stone, professor of Law, Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University; director of its program in Jewish law and interdisciplinary studies
This panel debated the role of the courts in the intelligent design dispute and how far individuals’ beliefs should be interjected into public arenas.