February 3, 2009


Professor Ravitch Addresses Faculty at Doshisha University

East Lansing, MI - Michigan State University College of Law Professor Frank Ravitch was invited to give a presentation about his book, Masters of Illusion: The Supreme Court and the Religion Clauses (NYU Press 2007), to an audience of graduate students and faculty of American Studies and Law on January 27th at Doshisha University in Kyoto, Japan.

This engagement is Professor Ravitch's first visit back to Doshisha University since 2001 when he was named a Fulbright Scholar. During his first trip to Doshisha University, he served on the Faculty of Law and taught courses relating to U.S. constitutional law and law and religion and engaged in research. He now serves on a Fulbright Review Committee under the auspices of the Council for the International Exchange of Scholars.

At MSU Law, Professor Ravitch teaches Constitutional Law I, Law and Religion, Professional Responsibility, Torts I, and Law and Interpretation. His current research projects include work on a treatise, Religion and the State in American Law, the chapter on Law and Religion for the Columbia Guide to Religion in America (Columbia Univ. Press), and an article on the establishment and free speech issues that arise when someone seeks to teach intelligent design theory in a public university.

His forthcoming book tentatively titled Marketing Creation: The Law and Intelligent Design has been accepted by Cambridge University Press. For more information on his research, visit his profile.

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