Boisi Center Event to Assess Religion's Role in Campaign

Boisi Center Event to Assess Religion's Role in Campaign

Religion's role in the 2000 presidential campaign will be mulled by national journalists E. J. Dionne Jr. of the Washington Post and David Brooks of the Weekly Standard at a roundtable hosted Nov. 16 by the Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life.

Boisi Center Director Prof. Alan Wolfe (Political Science) will serve as moderator of the discussion, which will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the Fulton Debate Room, Gasson 305. The event is the first in a series of four lectures being hosted this year by the Boisi Center through a grant from the Templeton Foundation.

Brooks, who puts the latte-drinking "Bourgeois Bohemian" set under the microscope in his recently released book BoBos in Paradise: The New Upper Class and How They Got There, is a senior editor at the Weekly Standard. He is also a contributing editor at Newsweek and a commentator on NPR and "NewsHour with Jim Lehrer." He was formerly a reporter and editor at the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, the New Yorker, SmartMoney, the New Republic, Commentary and other publications.

Dionne, a columnist for the Washington Post and a former foreign correspondent for the New York Times, is co-editor of the recently released book What's God Got To Do with the American Experiment? His previous titles include Why Americans Hate Politics and They Only Look Dead: Why Progressives Will Dominate the Next Political Era. He is also a senior fellow in governmental studies at the Brookings Institution.

The Templeton lecture series is part of a Templeton Freedom Project grant that also funds an interdisciplinary seminar, "Economic Freedom, Religious Freedom and Social Justice," that Wolfe is teaching with College of Arts and Sciences Dean Joseph Quinn and Prof. Marc Landy (Political Science).

-Mark Sullivan


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