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McCollum v the Board of Education

It’s been 65 years since the US Supreme Court Case McCollum v Board of Education made Vashti McCollum of Champaign one of the most notorious atheists in the country. During this hour, host Jim Meadows talks with filmmaker Jay Rosenstein about his awarding winning documentary “The Lord Is Not On Trial Here Today” and Ken Paulson of the First Amendment Center about the case, it’s continuing implications and the now famous phrase “separation of church and state.”

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(Duration: 50:25)

James McCollum and his mother Vashti McCollum are pictured at a court hearing.

James McCollum and his mother Vashti McCollum are pictured at a court hearing. IllinoisTimes

Jim Meadows talks with Professor of Journalism at the UIUC and filmmaker Jay Rosenstein about his Peabody and Emmy-Award winning documentary “The Lord is Not On Trial Here Today.” The film takes a never-before-seen look at a landmark First Amendment case that has become famous for the phrase “separation of church and state.” We’ll talk with Rosenstein about the case and how he went about researching and producing the film. Ken Paulson, former editor and Senior Vice President of News for USA Today and President and CEO of the First Amendment Center also joins the conversation.

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Paulson will be a part of a panel discussion following a screening of the film on campus at the UIUC this evening. A showing of “The Lord is Not on Trial Here Today” will begin at 7:00 p.m. in the National Center for Supercomputing Applications Building auditorium. Find more information here.