Baylor Institute for Studies of Religion Welcomes World News Group Editor-In-Chief

Marvin Olasky
Marvin Olasky
March 1, 2013

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WACO, Texas (Mar. 1, 2013) - Baylor Institute for Studies of Religion welcomes guest lecturer Marvin Olasky, Ph.D., editor-in-chief of the World News Group, for "Rafting the Political Rapids."

The lecture will be held at 3:30 p.m. Monday, March 4 in Kayser Auditorium of the Hankamer School of Business, 1428 S. Fifth St.

In addition to serving as editor-in-chief of the World News Group, Olasky is the holder of the Distinguished Chair in Journalism and Public Policy at Patrick Henry College and Dean of the World Journalism Institute. He is the author of 18 books, including "Compassionate Conservatism," "The Religions Next Door, Fighting for Liberty and Virtue" and "Prodigal Press," and has co-authored 10 more.

Olasky earned an A.B. from Yale University in 1971 and a Ph.D. in American Culture from the University of Michigan in 1976. He has written over 3,000 articles for publications including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post and World News Group, the leading Christian news magazine in the U.S with a readership of more than 400,000 people.

Olasky was a professor at The University of Texas at Austin for two decades and provost of The King's College, New York City, from 2007 to 2011. He is also a senior fellow of the Acton Institute and has chaired the boards of City School of Austin and the Austin Crisis Pregnancy Center.

Philanthropy magazine called Olasky's "The Tragedy of American Compassion" one of "eight books that changed America." His writings have been translated into Chinese, Spanish, Italian, French, Portuguese and other languages, and he has lectured in Europe, Asia and South America.

The lecture is free and open to the public. For free online registration, click here .


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