Contrary to popular myth, it wasn't Thomas Jefferson, who bequeathed to us the image of a "wall of separation"
between church and state. More than a century before Jefferson, a Puritan deviant named Roger Williams (1603-
1683) used the phrase to argue for religious freedom in New England. Professor Davis will introduce this outcast
champion of religious liberty, show how Williams turned his Calvinist convictions into a defense of free conscience,
and make the case for Williams's importance to thinking about religious freedom in the United States today.