Press Release for Thursday, September 27, 2007

Speaker Discusses 'Impossibility of Religious Freedom' at UNF

Contact: Joanna Norris, Assistant Director
Department of Media Relations and Events
(904) 620-2102

Dr. Winnifred Fallers Sullivan will discuss the controversial argument in her recent book “The Impossibility of Religious Freedom” at the University of North Florida at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 23, in the Science and Engineering Building (Building 50), Room 1202. This event is free and open to the public.

Sullivan serves as director of the Law and Religion Program at the University at Buffalo Law School. She was an expert witness for families in Boca Raton who believed that their freedom of religion was violated by decisions concerning the regulations of a local cemetery.

Some Boca Raton residents were told that the way in which they had decorated the graves of their deceased loved ones violated the rules of the public cemetery, even though many had been decorated for years. The court battle that followed debated whether the grave markers were protected expressions of religion or just reflections of questionable ‘personal taste.’

Sullivan’s book traces the variety of understandings of what counts as religion and how those understandings impact the real lives of everyday believers. A question-and-answer session will follow the lecture.

This event is sponsored by the Religious Studies Program at UNF, The Blue Cross and Blue Shield Center for Ethics, Public Policy and the Professions. For more information, contact Dr. Julie Ingersoll at (904) 620-3738 or at