Legal Humanities Fellowship

Legal Humanities Fellowship Spring 2020

PRIORITY DEADLINE: Friday, December 20th, 2019 

The Collegium Institute invites you to apply for the Spring 2020 Fellowship program in the Legal Humanities. The program welcomes a small group of fellows to participate in six discussion sessions during lunch in ARCH 108. The discussions will be facilitated by academics and professionals in law, history, and philosophy. This semester will focus on religious liberty, church-state relations, and the First Amendment. The new Cambridge Companion to the First Amendment and Religious Liberty will serve as a guide for the topics. Among the questions to be raised are: What is religion, and what is it not? Is religion a special good deserving of legal protection? Should governments promote, to the extent possible, religion generally or a particular religion, even to the exclusion of other religions or non-religion, or should they adhere to a policy of church-state separation? What is legitimate religious dissent, and what kind of loyalty should be required to ensure religious liberty? What does the religion clauses of the First Amendment mean? How has the Supreme Court interpreted them over the centuries? What is the future of religious liberty in America?

Interested students should click below to apply, and contact Prof. Michael Breidenbach at for more information or with questions.



Click here to access the application.



Schedule: Mondays 12-1 p.m.
Location: ARCH Building Room 108

Part I: Philosophical Foundations

[Feb. 3] Foundations of Religion, Philosophy of Law, Religious Exercise

Part II: Historical Interpretations

[Feb. 17] Religious Exercise and Establishment in Early America

[March 2] The Historical Contexts of the Religion Clauses of the First Amendment

Part III: Legal Implications

[March 16] Landmark Cases for the Establishment Clause

[March 30] Landmark Cases for the Free Exercise Clause

[April 6] The Future of Religious Liberty in America