Lecture Series

Lecture Series: Religious Freedom and the American Experiment

Religious Freedom graphicCarroll College is excited to welcome three nationally recognized scholars to Helena to offer a sketch of the importance of religious freedom to the American constitutional order.  They will do so in a series of lectures occuring over the spring semester. The first lecture will sketch the relationship between the theoretical foundations of modern liberal democracy and genesis of religious freedom; the second will explore the role of religious communities in colonial America; the third will examine the Constitution’s solution to the fact of religious pluralism.


Vickie Sullivan is a Cornelia M. Jackson Professor of Political Science who teaches and studies political thought and philosophy at Tufts University. An author of books on Machiavelli, Shakespeare, and Montesquieu, she is an expert on the political thought of early modernity, its relationship to revealed religion, and the genesis of English republicanism. She delivered a lecture entitled "Montesquieu and the History of Toleration."

Vincent Phillip Muñoz is the Tocqueville Associate Professor of Political Science and Associate Professor of Law at The University of Notre Dame. He also serves as Director of Notre Dame’s Tocqueville Program for Inquiry into Religion and Public Life and the Potenziani Program in Constitutional Studies. He is an expert on the question of religious liberty and the American Constitution. This lecture is Carroll's annual lecture on Faith and Reason, and  is co-sponsored by the Hunthausen Center for Peace and Justice. His lecture will be entitled "Did the Founders Intend to Separate Church and State?"

Daniel Walker Howe is Rhodes Professor of American History Emeritus, Oxford University and Professor of History Emeritus, University of California, Los Angeles. His book, What Hath God Wrought: the transformation of America, 1815-1848,  has received numerous prestigious awards, including the Pulitzer Prize for history.  His lecture is entitled, "Religious Freedom and Conflict in the Young American Nation, 1800 to the Civil War."