Baylor University’s Department of Political Science Will Welcome Guest Speaker for Lecture on Human Rights

Michael Perry
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Oct. 23, 2015

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WACO, Texas (Oct. 23, 2015) – Baylor University’s department of political science in the College of Arts & Sciences will welcome Michael Perry, J.D., law professor at Emory University, for a lecture at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 26, in Bennett Auditorium as part of the Robert T. Miller Lecture Series.

Perry is the Robert W. Woodruff University Chair, the highest honor Emory University bestows on a faculty member. He is also a senior fellow at Emory University’s Center for the Study of Law and Religion and a co-editor of the Journal of Law and Religion.

His lecture is titled “Human Rights and Judicial Review: A Theory of Rights-Based Constitutional Adjudication.”

“We asked Professor Perry to give this year’s lecture because he has written so widely on public law with a focus on religion,” said Jerold Waltman, Ph.D., professor of political science.

Perry specializes in three areas: human rights theory, constitutional law and law and religion. He is the author of 12 books and more than 85 articles and essays. He received his J.D. from Columbia University.

“Anyone who is interested in constitutional issues and human rights, including religious rights, will enjoy this lecture,” Waltman said.

The namesake of the lecture series, Robert T. Miller, Ph.D., devoted his life to Baylor University and teaching political science. He received his B.A. and M.A. from Baylor prior to earning a Ph.D. at the University of Texas at Austin. He taught at Baylor from 1946 to 1995, serving as the chair of the department of political science and the R.W. Morrison Distinguished Professor of Political Science. Miller died in July 1996.

This event is free and open to the public.

Bennett Auditorium is located inside Draper Academic Building at 1420 S. Seventh St.

For more information, contact Jerold Waltman.

by Ashton Brown, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805


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