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Charles Haynes

director, Religious Freedom Education Project, the Newseum

Charles C. Haynes is director of the Religious Freedom Education Project at the Newseum in Washington, DC. He writes and speaks extensively on religious liberty and religion in American public life. Haynes is best known for his work on First Amendment conflicts in public schools. Over the past two decades, he has been the principal organizer and drafter of consensus guidelines on religious liberty in schools, endorsed by a broad range of religious, civil liberties, and educational organizations. He is author or co-author of six books, including *First Freedoms: A Documentary History of First Amendment Rights in America* and *Finding Common Ground: A First Amendment Guide to Religion and Public Schools*. His column, “Inside the First Amendment,” appears in more than 200 newspapers nationwide. Widely quoted in news magazines and major newspapers, Haynes is also a frequent guest on television and radio. He is the recipient of numerous honors, including the Emory University Medal in 2005 and the First Freedom Award from the Council for America's First Freedom in 2008. Haynes holds a master’s degree from Harvard Divinity School and a doctorate from Emory University.