Scholar Charles Haynes to give free campus lecture on religion and public education Feb. 6

January 30, 2007

DEARBORN / Jan. 30, 2007---Charles Haynes, senior scholar and director of education programs at the First Amendment Center in Arlington, Va., will present ďReligion in Public School: How to Move from Battleground to Common GroundĒ from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 6 at the University of Michigan-Dearborn.

The event, which is free and open to the public, will take place in Dining Rooms B and C of the campusís Fairlane Center, located off Hubbard Drive between Evergreen Road and the Southfield Freeway.

Haynes is the author of numerous books and manuals for educators, including Religion in American History: What to Teach and How, as well as Finding Common Ground: A First Amendment Guide to Religion and Public Education.

In 2000, the U.S. Department of Education distributed guides about religion and public education--authored primarily by Haynes--to every public school in the country. Haynes regularly publishes columns on religious liberty in newspapers nationwide, including the Detroit Free Press.

In addition, Haynes serves as president of the Character Education Partnership. He earned a masterís degree at Harvard Divinity School and a Ph.D. at Emory University.

Haynesís talk is sponsored by UM-Dearbornís Difficult Dialogues Initiative, School of Education, American Studies Program and the Center for the Study of Religion and Society.

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