Religious Liberty Summit

The Notre Dame Religious Liberty Summit will be an annual gathering of the foremost thought leaders on religious liberty. The summit will stimulate engaging conversations between scholars, advocates, and religious leaders about the future of religious liberty in the United States and around the world.

The inaugural Religious Liberty Summit will be held June 28-29, 2021, on the campus of the University of Notre Dame in Notre Dame, Indiana. Subsequent summits will be held in Rome in 2022 and Jerusalem in 2023.

Each year during the summit, one individual will be honored with the Notre Dame Prize for Religious Liberty in recognition of achievement in preserving religious liberty.

2021 Religious Liberty Summit Schedule

Attendance at the Religious Liberty Summit is by invitation only.

Although the summit will not be open to the general public for in-person attendance, the following sessions will be available to watch on the Law School’s YouTube channel.

Monday, June 28  
9:00 to 9:40 a.m. Interfaith Prayer Service
A recording of the service will be posted at 4 p.m. on ND Law’s YouTube.
  • Dean G. Marcus Cole, Notre Dame Law School
  • Professor Mahan Mirza, University of Notre Dame
  • Most Rev. Kevin C. Rhoades, Bishop of Fort Wayne-South Bend
  • Ambassador Suzan Johnson Cook, Howard University
10:00 to 11:00 a.m. Panel – “Overcoming Polarization of Religious Liberty”
Watch the livestream on ND Law’s YouTube.
  • Professor John Inazu, Washington University in St. Louis
  • Ms. Asma Uddin, Religious Liberty Attorney & Scholar
  • Mr. Justin Giboney, AND Campaign
  • Rev. Marian Edmonds-Allen, Parity
  • Moderator: Professor Stephanie Barclay, Notre Dame Law School
11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Panel – “Religious Liberty and the Press”
Watch the livestream on ND Law’s YouTube.
  • Ms. Elizabeth Dias, New York Times
  • Ms. Emma Green, The Atlantic
  • Mr. Eric Marrapodi, National Public Radio
  • Moderator: Mr. Hal Boyd, Deseret News
12:30 to 2:15 p.m. Lunch / Keynote and Interfaith Dialogue Panel
Watch the livestream on ND Law’s YouTube.

Keynote: His Eminence Timothy Cardinal Dolan, Archbishop of New York
  • Dr. Jacqueline Rivers, The Seymour Institute for Black Church and Policy Studies
  • His Eminence Timothy Cardinal Dolan, Archbishop of New York
  • Elder Quentin Cook, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
  • Rabbi Dr. Meir Soloveichik, Congregation Shearith Israel
  • Moderator: Professor Stephanie Barclay, Notre Dame Law School
2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Panels (2) – “International Threats to Religious Liberty”

Watch the livestream on ND Law’s YouTube.
  • Ms. Marcela Szymanski, Aid to the Church in Need
  • Most Rev. Elias Zaidan, Bishop of the Eparchy of Our Lady of Lebanon
  • Professor Ana María Celis Brunet, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
  • Ambassador Morse Tan, Northern Illinois University
  • Moderator: Professor Roger Alford, Notre Dame Law School
Watch the livestream on ND Law’s YouTube.
  • Fr. Dcn. Andrew Bennett, Cardus
  • Mr. Nathaniel Hurd, Religious Freedom Institute
  • Ms. Kelsey Zorzi, Alliance Defending Freedom International
  • Mr. Stephen Rasche, Catholic University in Erbil, Iraq
  • Moderator: Professor Paolo Carozza, Notre Dame Law School
6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Dinner
Presentation of Notre Dame Prize for Religious Liberty
Watch the livestream on ND Law’s YouTube.
Tuesday, June 29  
12:30 to 2:00 p.m. Book Event: The Politics of Vulnerability by Asma T. Uddin
Watch the livestream on ND Law’s YouTube.
  • Professor Mahan Mirza, University of Notre Dame
  • Professor Stephanie Barclay, Notre Dame Law School
  • Ms. Asma Uddin, Religious Liberty Attorney & Scholar
  • Ms. Emma Green, The Atlantic
5:15 to 6:00 p.m. Closing Mass
Basilica of the Sacred Heart

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