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The Coming of the Roberts Court . . . At Least for  Now, by David Ryden

  • Wednesday, April 21, 2021
  • 3:00 PM–4:00 PM

The 2019-2020 Supreme Court term marked the true arrival of the Roberts Court, as Chief Justice Roberts employed his newly acquired status as swing justice to steer the Court through a term full of historically important and politically perilous cases. This session will examine a term that included multiple religion cases, disputes over gun rights and abortion, challenges to President Trump's executive authority and his power to roll back DACA, and workplace protections for LGBTQ, to name just a few. It also will consider the impact of the addition of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Court.

David Ryden, Ph.D., professor at Hope College, joined the political science faculty in 1994. In that time, he has published numerous books and articles on such topics as the Supreme Court and the electoral process, religious liberty, faith-based sector/governmental partnerships and other questions at the intersection of religion and politics. He is the author of The U.S. Supreme Court and the Electoral Process (Georgetown University Press) and, most recently, Is the Good Book Good Enough? Evangelical Perspectives on Public Policy. His expertise in the realm of the electoral politics garnered him significant media attention this presidential cycle with his insights appearing on CNN, in the Christian Science Monitor, U.S. News and World Report, and the New York Times. David Ryden has a J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School and a Ph.D. from The Catholic University of America. His areas of specialization are religion and politics, American constitutionalism, and parties and elections. 

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Sponsored by the Calvin Academy for Lifelong Learning.

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