The Future of Religious Liberty: Prospects and Challenges
MSMU Expert Panel
Monday, Nov. 21 • 7 p.m. • Knott Auditorium
Moderator: Barrett H. Turner, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Theology
Nathan J. Diament
Cheryl Mitchell Gaines
Thomas F. Farr
Nathan J. Diament is the Executive Director of the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America’s Advocacy Center. He is co-editor of Tikkun Olam: Social Responsibility in Jewish Law and Thought (Aronson, Winter 1997) and the author of many essays on issues including religion and state, constitutional, social policy, and international affairs. In 2009, he was appointed by President Obama to serve as one of 25 members of the President’s Faith Advisory Council.
Founder and Senior Pastor, ReGeneration House of Praise
Pastor Cheryl Mitchell Gaines is the Founder and Senior Pastor of ReGeneration House of Praise in Washington, DC. Her ministry includes preaching as well as helping secure housing, employment, jobs, and counseling for underserved youth and families. She recently founded Project EDEN™, an innovative youth-focused urban garden initiative. Pastor Gaines earned an undergraduate degree in Political Science from Louisiana State University, Juris Doctor of Law from Tulane University Law School, and a Master of Divinity in Theology from Colgate Rochester Divinity School.
Religious Freedom Project, Georgetown University
Thomas F. Farr is president of the Religious Freedom Institute, an NGO committed to advancing religious freedom worldwide, and director of Georgetown’s Religious Freedom Project. Farr is also a senior fellow at the Institute for Studies of Religion at Baylor University, and at the Witherspoon Institute in Princeton, N.J. Farr received his B.A. in history from Mercer University, and his Ph.D. in modern British and European history from the University of North Carolina.
Associate, WilmerHale LLP
Daniel Hartman is an attorney whose practice focuses on counseling banks, credit and collection companies, student lenders, financial startups, and other financial institutions on complex regulatory and policy matters. Hartman has also represented financial institutions before the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), state attorneys general, and other financial regulatory bodies.
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