The Quinlan Lecture 2006: Noah Feldman – “Division, Design and the Divine: Church & State in Today’s America”

Internationally Renowned Authority on the Role of Religion in Government to Deliver Quinlan Lecture at Oklahoma City University

Professor Noah Feldman will deliver the 2006 Quinlan Lecture at Oklahoma City University School of Law at 5 p.m. March 30 in the Sarkeys Law Center’s Homsey Family Moot Courtroom.  This year’s topic will be “Division, Design and the Divine: Church & State in Today’s America.”  This lecture is free to the public. 

Feldman was appointed in 2003 by the Coalition Provisional Authority as a senior U.S. advisor to assist in the drafting of the new Iraqi constitution. He is an internationally renowned authority on the role of religion in government in the United States and the Middle East.

A professor of law at New York University and a Fellow at the New America Foundation, Feldman holds an undergraduate degree in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations from Harvard University, a doctorate in Islamic political thought from Oxford University and a J.D. from Yale Law School.  He clerked for U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Harry Edwards and for Supreme Court Justice David Souter.

His most recent book is entitled “Divided By God: America’s Church-State Problem – and What We Should Do About It” (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2005).  Feldman has also written extensively on Iraq and the Middle East, including “What We Owe Iraq: War and the Ethics of Nation Building” (Princeton University Press, 2004) and “After Jihad: America and the Struggle for Islamic Democracy” (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2003).

The Quinlan Lecture is named for law professor Wayne Quinlan who taught at OCU LAW from 1952 until his death in 1981.  Past Quinlan Lecturers include Charles Ogletree Jr., Director of the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice at Harvard University and Philip Bobbitt, University of Texas Law Professor and author of “The Shield of Achilles: War, Peace and the Course of History.”

The 2006 Quinlan Lecture is underwritten in part by a generous grant from The Jewish Federation and the Jewish Foundation of Greater Oklahoma City.

Oklahoma City University School of Law is fully approved by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools. It offers full- and part-time degree programs and serves a diverse student body of approximately 650, including many working professionals and other non-traditional students. Approximately half of its students come from outside Oklahoma, and its nearly 5,500 alumni practice in every state and several foreign countries.