Washington University Professor Presents, "There Will be Oil"

Feb. 8, 2013

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WACO, Texas (Feb. 8, 2013) - Who would have known evangelism and oil had so many similarities?

Darren Dochuk, Ph.D., associate professor in the humanities at Washington University in St. Louis, will explore these similarities in a lecture presented by Baylor University's Institute for Studies of Religion.

The lecture will take place at 3:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 11, in Kayser Auditorium of Baylor's Hankamer School of Business, 1428 S. Fifth St.

Dochuk's lecture, "There Will be Oil," will employ previously untapped church, corporate and personal archives to chart the impact of religion on the culture of business and industry in America.

"Professor Dochuk will be discussing the deep, surprising connections between the oil industry and evangelical Christians (including Baptists), and the difference that faith has made in the shaping of that industry, which is so crucial to the history of Texas," said Thomas Kidd, Ph.D., professor of history in Baylor University's College of Arts &Sciences.

"Students will gain a new appreciation of the religious background of a topic that, at first glance, might not seem to have any spiritual significance at all." Kidd said.

Dochuk earned a bachelor's degree from Simon Fraser University and a master's degree from Queen's University in Canada before completing his Ph.D. in 2005 at the University of Notre Dame. Between 2005 and 2012, he taught courses in 20th-century U.S. political and cultural history at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind.

Admission to the lecture is free, but registration is requested. To register, visit www.baylorisr.org.

For more information, contact Baylor University's Institute for Studies of Religion at 254-710-7555 or by email at isr@baylor.edu.

by Rebecca Malzahn , student newswriter, (254) 710-6805

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