Scholar to discuss religion, war and government at Coe presentation

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2010-02-11 14:14:14 - General

Michael Kessler, a professor and researcher at Georgetown University, will give a presentation entitled, "Should the President Use Religion in War and Does the Constitution Permit it?" The lecture will be held on Monday, Feb. 22 at 7 p.m. in Kesler Lecture Hall of Hickok Hall on the Coe campus. It is free and open to the public.

Kessler is the visiting assistant professor of government and assistant director of the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs at Georgetown University. His current research focuses on the legal and political notions of fundamental rights, particularly about individual moral liberties and religious freedom. He is the author of numerous articles and reviews, and co-editor of "Mystics: Presence and Aporia."

The scholar received his bachelor's degree in theology and philosophy from Valparaiso University. After earning his law degree at Georgetown University Law Center, he earned a Ph.D. in religion and moral and political theory from the University of Chicago, where he was a William Rainey Harper Fellow and held a Henry Luce Dissertation Fellowship.

Kessler is the 2010 Hagerman Speaker in Religion at Coe. For more information, call 399-8581.