"Christianity, Politics and Power" Will Be the Subject of Lecture by Sociologist James Davison Hunter at Baylor on Sept. 22

Sept. 13, 2011

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Sociologist and author James Davison Hunter will speak on "Christianity, Politics and Power" at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22, at Baylor University's Bennett Auditorium.

The event will be presented by the department of sociology and the Institute for Faith and Learning.

Author of the critically acclaimed book To Change the World: The Irony, Tragedy, and Possibility of Christianity in the Late Modern World (Oxford University Press, 2010), Hunter is the Labrosse-Levinson Distinguished Professor of Religion, Culture and Social Theory at the University of Virginia. He completed his doctorate at Rutgers University in 1981 and joined the faculty of the University of Virginia in 1983.

Since 1995, Hunter has served as founder and executive director of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture, a university-based, interdisciplinary research center concerned with understanding contemporary cultural change and its implications for individuals, institutions, and society.

Hunter's research findings have been presented to audiences on National Public Radio and C-Span, at the National Endowment for the Arts and at dozens of colleges and universities, including Columbia, Harvard, Vanderbilt, Notre Dame and the New School for Social Research. In 2004, Hunter was appointed by the White House and confirmed by the Senate to join the National Council of the National Endowment for the Humanities. He also has been a consultant to the White House, the Bicentennial Commission for the U.S. Constitution, the Pew Charitable Trusts and the National Commission on Civic Renewal.

Bennett Auditorium is in the 700 block of Speight Avenue on the Baylor Campus.

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