Author To Discuss 'God On The Quad' At Lecture Feb. 10

Feb. 9, 2005

by Julie Campbell Carlson

Naomi Schafer Riley, author of God on the Quad: How Religious Colleges and the Missionary Generation Are Changing America, will speak about her book at Baylor University's Institute for Faith and Learning's brown bag luncheon. The event, which is free and open to the public, begins at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 10, in room 100 at Morrison Constitution Hall.

In her book, Riley presents a comprehensive investigation of the explosion of interest in religious colleges and universities. Her findings are based on visits to 20 different campuses, and she devotes her first six chapters to schools with various affiliations (Mormon, fundamentalist Protestant, Catholic, Orthodox Jewish and Baptist). In fact, the book contains a detailed analysis of Baylor. Riley then explores the politics, the social scene and the future potential of the "missionary generation" of students at these schools.

A 1998 magna cum laude graduate of Harvard University, Riley is an adjunct fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, and the editor of the new journal In Character. She is a contributing writer at The American Enterprise and a frequent contributor to the Wall Street Journal, the Boston Globe and National Review. Her articles have also appeared in the Weekly Standard, the New Republic, Commentary, Crisis, the Public Interest and First Things.

She has been the recipient of the Phillips Foundation Journalism Fellowship, the Intercollegiate Studies Institute Journalism Fellowship, the Claremont Institute Publius Fellowship and the Charles G. Koch Fellowship. For her book project, she received grants from the Templeton Foundation, the Randolph Foundation, the Phillips Foundation, and the John M. Olin Foundation.

For more information about the lecture, call 710-4805.

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