John Inazu

John Inazu is the Sally D. Danforth Distinguished Professor of Law and Religion at Washington University in St. Louis. His teaching and scholarship focuses on the First Amendment freedoms of speech, assembly, and religion, and related questions of legal and political theory.

Inazu’s next book, Learning to Disagree: The Surprising Path to Navigating Differences with Empathy and Respect, will be published by Zondervan in Spring 2024. He is also the author of Liberty’s Refuge: The Forgotten Freedom of Assembly (Yale University Press, 2012) and Confident Pluralism: Surviving and Thriving Through Deep Difference (University of Chicago Press, 2016), and co-editor (with Tim Keller) of Uncommon Ground: Living Faithfully in a World of Difference (Thomas Nelson, 2020).

Inazu is the founder of The Carver Project and the Legal Vocation Fellowship. He a Senior Fellow at Interfaith America, where he co-directs (with Eboo Patel) the Newbigin Fellows and Evangelicals in a Diverse Democracy.

His weekly newsletter, *Some Assembly Required, can be found at

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Speaker's Title and Institutional/Organizational Affiliation: Sally D. Danforth Distinguished Professor of Law and Religion, Washington University in St. Louis
Event Type :
Fireside Chat
Book Talk
Constitution Day Event
Classroom Visit
Debate, Forum, or HxConversation
Speaking Topics - List up to 5 specific topics or titles, each separated by a semicolon: pluralism and deep difference; the right of assembly; free speech and protest; law and religion
Blackout Dates (Dates speaker is unavailable, Date/Month/Year): various (contact speaker)
Distance Willing to Travel: Any/No Limits to Travel Radius
Scholarly Area: Law
Modality of Event : In Person
Willingness to be recorded: Willing
Speaking Fee (Not including travel/lodging expenses): $5,000-$10,000 USD
Recent Appearance (1 of 5) -title, host institution, year: “Contemporary Challenges to Professionalism: The importance of organizational purpose, values, and mission," Mayo Clinic (2023)
Recent Appearance (2 of 5) -title, host institution, year: "Confident Pluralism in Law School," WashU Law School First-year Orientation (2023)
Recent Appearance (3 of 5) -title, host institution, year: “Learning to Disagree: How to have Better Arguments in a Polarized Age,” Chautauqua Institute (2023)
Recent Appearance (4 of 5) -title, host institution, year: “Revisiting the Right of Assembly,” University of Texas School of Law (2023)
Recent Appearance (5 of 5) -title, host institution, year: “Churches, Protests, and the Pandemic,” United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit Judicial Conference (2021)
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