June 1, 2023

Emile Lester

Emile Lester, assistant professor of political science and international affairs, will participate in a national symposium at Roberts Wesleyan College to promote conversation on how public schools, religion and the First Amendment intersect. The symposium will be held October 10-11 at the New York college. The audience — school practitioners, academics, attorneys, school board members, community, religious and student leaders — will be invited to join the conversation with 10 authorities in the field. Other scheduled participants are Richard T. Foltin, director of the National and Legislative Affairs for the American Jewish Committee;  Daniel Mach, director of the ACLU’s Program on Freedom of Religion and Belief; Colby May, senior counsel with the American Center for Law and Justice; David Scott, director of Project PATCH, Northport School District, Long Island; Muhammad Shafiq, executive director of the Center for Interfaith Studies and Dialogue, professor of Islamic and religious studies at Nazareth College and Imam of the Islamic Center of Rochester; Stephen Solomon, professor, New York University; Kathy Wildman, World Religions teacher, Fairfax, Va.; and Jay Worona, general counsel, New York State School Boards Association.

For more information or to register, visit www.roberts.edu/symposium or call 585/ 594-6562.

About Brynn Boyer

Brynn Boyer is assistant director of media and public relations and a 2010 graduate of UMW.