Lecture - “The Christian and the Public Square: Truth and the Messy Business of Citizenship”
Mel Smith Lecture, Andrew P. Bennett, Senior Fellow, Cardus and Former Canadian Ambassador for Religious Freedom,
“The Christian and the Public Square: Truth and the Messy Business of Citizenship”
Trinity Western University is pleased to announce that the 19th Annual Mel Smith Lecture will feature Dr. Andrew Bennett, Senior Fellow at Cardus, Canada’s faith-based think-tank, where he is Programme Director of Cardus Law, which looks at the role of law in society with a particular focus on religious freedom in Canada.
Dr. Bennett’s lecture explores religious liberty in Canada today within the context of how Christian citizens relate to government and the public square.
Father Deacon Bennett served as Canada’s first ambassador for religious liberty and is widely recognized as an authority on religious liberty questions.
The annual Mel Smith Lectures contribute to significant public policy issues. The lecture is open to the public. All those seeking to understand the rapid erosion of religious liberty in Canada today are urged to attend. The lecture will be followed by a question-and- answer period.
During the event, the recipient of the 2018-19 Mel Smith Scholarship will be announced. Each year, this scholarship is awarded to a TWU student of exceptional academic ability, majoring in Canadian history or political science.
The Mel Smith Special Collection—chronicling federal-provincial relations during the crucial period 1967 to 1992—is housed in TWU's archives and includes a comprehensive set of professional and personal constitutional papers.
The collection provides a unique, B.C. perspective on Canadian constitutional issues, and is available to students and researchers from all institutions, http://archives.twu.ca/