One of the distinguishing features of higher education in the United States is its variety – including a wide range of academic fields and degrees, student profiles, and types of institutions. Since the earliest days of higher education in America, religious institutions have played a significant role in providing academic excellence and contributing to the common good.
But new policies from Washington, D.C. challenge the freedom of religious colleges and threaten to flatten the diversity of higher educational institutions. Directives from the U.S. Department of Education seek to make private institutions conform to government’s changing understanding of marriage and gender rather than to their own historic confessions. This event will feature a religious college president and two religious liberty experts to explain why preserving freedom in higher education matters not just to private institutions but to all Americans.
More About the Speakers
Dr. J. Derek Halvorson
President, Covenant College
Senior Counsel, Alliance Defending Freedom
Director, Richard and Helen DeVos Center for Religion and Civil Society,
The Heritage Foundation
Jennifer A. Marshall
Vice President for the Institute for Family, Community, and Opportunity, and the Joseph C. and Elizabeth A. Anderlik Fellow