Charles Edmondson Historical Lecture Series Highlights ‘The Culture Wars in American History’

Marie Griffith
Baylor University's 41st annual Charles Edmondson Historical Lecture Series presents R. Marie Griffith, Ph.D.
Sept. 11, 2018

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by Gabrielle White, student newswriter

WACO, Texas (Sept. 13, 2018) – Baylor University’s department of history will present the 41st annual Charles Edmondson Historical Lecture Series, featuring R. Marie Griffith, Ph.D., The John C. Danforth Distinguished Professor and director at John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics at Washington University in St. Louis.

The lecture series will take place at 3:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 17, and Tuesday, Sept. 18. Both lectures will be held at Kayser Auditorium, Room H101, 1428 S. Fifth St.

The Monday lecture will highlight the topic, “The Culture Wars in the Early 20th Century: Suffrage, Birth Control and Censorship.” Tuesday’s lecture will cover “The Culture Wars in the Later 20th Century: Marriage, Sex Education and the Long Road to #MeToo.”

Griffith earned her Ph.D. from Harvard University in the study of religion and is a published author of five books. Before joining the faculty at Washington University, Griffith held The John A. Bartlett Professorship at Harvard University.

Griffith’s research interests include religion, gender and American politics, and her current research projects focus on “Moral Combat: How Sex Divided American Christians and Fractured American Politics” and “Billy James Hargis and His Partners: Mobilizing a Christian Sexual Revolution.” She teaches the courses “Religion and American Society” and “American Religion, Gender and Sexuality.”

The Charles Edmondson Lecture Series is made possible by an endowment established by Dr. E. Bud Edmondson in honor of his father, Charles S.B. Edmondson. The lectures are constructed to give historical context to national and international affairs by distinguished historians.

The Edmondson Lecture Series is free and open to the public.

The learn more about the event, visit the department of history website.


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