Re: Wanted: 1 Discussion Leader!
Chris, I meant to submit these chapter titles to you before I left on Thursday; but, alas, it either slipped my mind or I ran out of time. Considering that I can't remember which, it's probably the former. Here they are:
Chapter 1: Historical Background
Chapter 2: Understanding the First Amendment
Chapter 3: Religious Expression in Public Places
Chapter 4: Religious Expression in Public Schools
Chapter 5: Public Funding of Religious Schools
Chapter 6: Historical Issues of Religious Expression Versus Competing Social Interests
Chapter 7: Current Issues of Religious Expression Versus Competing Social Interests
Chapter 8: Religious Expression and Political Life
This is then followed by fifteen appendices, but I imagine people can start a thread about a specific appendix if they so choose.
Second, I had emailed Haiman to ask if he could direct me to an online bio, I figured there would be one listed on the website for the University where he teaches, but there was none. He emailed me the following blurb he submits to publishers:
Franklyn S. Haiman is John Evans Professor Emeritus of Communication Studies at Northwestern University and an Adjunct Professor at the University of San Francisco. He has been a Fulbright Visiting Lecturer in Communication Law at the University of Paris, France, as well as a Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of Iowa, the University of Pennsylvania, the University of New Mexico, the University of Washington, and San Francisco State University. He has also lectured at over 60 other universities in the United States as well as five in Japan and been a visiting scholar at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark. He attended Case Western Reserve University as an undergraduate, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and earned is M.A. and Ph.D. degrees at Northwestern University.
He has served for nearly 50 years in leadership positions in the American Civil Liberties Union, including the presidency of the ACLU of Illinois for 11 years, 31 years as a member of the national Board of Directors, and nine years as national vice-president. Since his retirement from the Board of Directors he has served as a vice-chairperson of the ACLU National Advisory Council.
Professor Haiman has authored eight books and dozens of journal articles. His volume entited Speech and Law in a Free Society (1981) received a Silver Gavel Award from the American Bar Association and a Golden Anniversary Prize for most Outstanding Scholarly Book of the Year from the National Communication Association.
He has also been named as a Distinguished Scholar of the National Communication Association.
As for your request for a discussion leader, I was under the impression, after a few of our novice-members-turned-discussion-leaders disappeared mid-quarter, we were going to choose more established members in the future. I don't intend to go anywhere and am excited about both discussion topics this quarter. However, is it a good idea to make an exception for me right from the outset? Also, I want to make it clear that I have no experience or education in law that would make me more qualified than any other lay person in jurisprudence. I hope I have not misrepresented myself. Although I read legal history and theory, it is, for the most part, out of personal curiosity, and not as a part of any legal educational environment. After considering, if you still think I am a good choice, I would be happy to do my best