Baylor Church-State Studies Presents Annual Hugh and Beverly Wamble Religious Liberty Lecture

April 28, 2011

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Dr. Kambiz GhaneaBassiri, associate professor of religion and humanities at Reed College in Portland, Ore., will lecture on "Islam in America, Religious Freedom and Equal Rights in America" at 1:30 p.m. Monday, May 2, on the fifth floor of Cashion Academic Center on the Baylor University campus.

The event, which is free and open to the public, is this year's Hugh and Beverly Wamble Religious Liberty Lecture, hosted by Baylor's J.M. Dawson Institute of Church-State Studies.

GhaneaBassiri received his bachelor's degree from Claremont McKenna College in Claremont, Calif., in 1994, and both his master's degree in 1998 and doctoral degree in 2003 from Harvard University. He joined the Reed College faculty in 2002.

The Dawson Institute, located inside Carroll Library on the Baylor campus, was established in 1957 and is devoted to research of religion, politics and society, and is committed to the separation of church and state. The Wamble Religious Liberty Lecture was established in 2004.

Dr. Hugh Wamble taught church history at the Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Missouri from 1959 until his death in 1991. He was passionately devoted to the Baptist principle of religious liberty. He represented the Missouri Baptist Convention in legislative matters from 1967 to 1975 and was an acknowledged expert on the constitutionality of "parochiaid," government aid to religious schools. He was the author of "The Shape of Faith, Baptists," "Bible and Authority," "Glossalalia in Christian History" and "Through Trial to Triumph."

In 1997, at the request of Beverly Wamble, the Dawson Institute received a generous donation to establish the G. Hugh Wamble and Beverly C. Wamble Fund for Religious Liberty. In addition, the institute received Wamble's extensive collection of theological and historical research, as well as his private papers and archives, which will be used to educate future generations of students.

Cashion Academic Center is at 1401 S. Fourth St.

For more information, call (254) 710-1510 or visit http://www.baylor.edu/church_state/.

by Katy McDowall, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805

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