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President Kennedy’s speech on separation of church/state is focus of lecture

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Michael W. McConnell

In recognition of the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s historic speech on the separation of church and state, the University of Notre Dame will present “Remind Me: Why Did Anyone Care if JFK was a Catholic?” on Sept. 10 (Friday) from 4 to 6 p.m. in the auditorium of the Hesburgh Center for International Studies. The presentation is free and open to the public.

The keynote speaker is former federal judge Michael W. McConnell, the Richard and Frances Mallery Professor of Law at Stanford University and leading expert on constitutional law. McConnell also directs Stanford’s Constitutional Law Center.

Sponsored by Notre Dame’s Department of Political Science, the Rooney Center for the Study of American Democracy and the Tocqueville Program, the presentation is the inaugural lecture of the James P. Reilly Jr., series on religion and public life.

Contact: Michael Desch, professor of political science, 574-631-5189 or