Baylor’s Institute for Studies of Religion Welcomes Bush Institute’s Director of Historical Scholarship Brendan Miniter

Sept. 22, 2014
Brendan MiniterBrendan Miniter, courtesy photo.

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WACO, Texas (Sept. 22, 2014) – The American people have united to face many crises in the history of the country, especially in the days following the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. In a lecture at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 24, in the Cox Lecture Hall of Armstrong Browning Library, Brendan Miniter will speak on leadership, purpose and national unity in times of crisis.

Miniter, director of historical scholarship at the George W. Bush Institute, will examine how principled leadership, a sense of national purpose and policies that encouraged civic engagement helped unite the country after 9/11. The lecture will compare the period surrounding 9/11 to other crises in American history.

At the Bush Institute, Miniter oversees content development for special exhibits and historical projects. Previously, he was the senior editorial director for the Bush Institute and a writer and editor for The Wall Street Journal. He has co-authored and edited “The 4% Solution: Unleashing the Economic Growth America Needs.”

Miniter has provided on-air commentary for Fox News, CNN, CNBC, ABC’s The John Batchelor Show, Fox’s Brian Kilmeade & Friends and other national radio programs. He holds a bachelor of arts in history from George Mason University and is currently pursuing an executive MBA at the University of Virginia.

Armstrong Browning Library is at 710 Speight St. For more information, call the Institute for Studies of Religion at (254) 710-7555.

by Kristen Bennett, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805


Baylor University is a private Christian university and a nationally ranked research institution, characterized as having “high research activity” by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The university provides a vibrant campus community for approximately 15,000 students by blending interdisciplinary research with an international reputation for educational excellence and a faculty commitment to teaching and scholarship. Chartered in 1845 by the Republic of Texas through the efforts of Baptist pioneers, Baylor is the oldest continually operating university in Texas. Located in Waco, Baylor welcomes students from all 50 states and more than 80 countries to study a broad range of degrees among its 11 nationally recognized academic divisions. Baylor sponsors 19 varsity athletic teams and is a founding member of the Big 12 Conference.


Launched in August 2004, the Baylor Institute for Studies of Religion (ISR) exists to initiate, support and conduct research on religion, involving scholars and projects spanning the intellectual spectrum: history, psychology, sociology, economics, anthropology, political science, epidemiology, theology and religious studies. The institute’s mandate extends to all religions, everywhere, and throughout history, and embraces the study of religious effects on prosocial behavior, family life, population health, economic development and social conflict. While always striving for appropriate scientific objectivity, ISR scholars treat religion with the respect that sacred matters require and deserve. For more information, visit

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