The Holy Cause: Disestablishment and State-Building in Revolutionary New York

Friday Seminar
Sarah Barringer Gordon, Penn Carey Law
Feb 23, 2024 at - | Location: McNeil Center for Early American Studies, 3355 Woodland Walk /Zoom


Sarah Barringer Gordon is Arlin M. Adams Professor of Constitutional Law and Professor of History, Emerita at the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School. She is well known for her work on religion in American public life and the law of church and state, especially for the ways that religious liberty developed over the course of American national history. Sarah is a frequent commentator in news media on the constitutional law of religion and debates about religious freedom.


The McNeil Center sponsors a seminar that meets on Friday afternoons approximately twice a month between September and May, with the paper for each session circulated in advance. Over two hundred people attend at least once a year, with an average attendance of 40 to 50 at meetings held at various sites in the Delaware Valley. While most of the regular attendees are graduate students and faculty from institutions in the Philadelphia area, participants come from as far afield as Long Island, New York City, Princeton, Baltimore, Annapolis, and Washington.