Religion and the 2006 Mid-Term Elections
Location: Gasson Hall 305, Boston College
Date: November 9, 2006
Time: 6:00-7:30 PM
Michael Tomasky, The American Prospect
Daniel Mahoney, Assumption College
Alan Wolfe, Boston College
What role will religion and moral values play in the upcoming and highly contested midterm elections? Will the first Muslim be elected to Congress? How will Catholic politicians fare? What issues - the economy, Iraq, terrorism, immigration - will prove most salient to voters, many of whom think our government needs a change? Our panelists will analyze the results of the elections from both left and right political perspectives once the votes have been counted.
Michael Tomasky is the executive editor of The American Prospect, where in May 2006 he published a widely noted essay entitled "Party in Search of a Notion", calling for the Democrats to become the party of the common good. A former columnist for New York Magazine and contributor to many others, Tomasky is the author of Hillary's Turn: Inside Her Improbable, Victorious Senate Campaign (2001), and Left for Dead: The Life, Death, and Possible Resurrection of Progressive Politics in America (1996). In 2003 he was a visiting fellow at Harvard University's Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy.
Daniel J. Mahoney is Professor of Political Science at Assumption College in Worcester, MA. He is the author and editor of nine books, including most recently The Solzhenitsyn Reader: New and Essential Writings, 1947-2005, to be released by ISI Books on November 1st. His essays and reviews on a wide variety of topics have appeared in The National Interest, The Public Interest, First Things, The New Criterion, The Wall Street Journal, The European Journal of Political Theory and Perspectives on Political Science, among other places.
Alan Wolfe is Professor of Political Science and Director of the Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life at Boston College. His most recent books include Does American Democracy Still Work? (Yale University Press) Return to Greatness: How America Lost Its Sense of Purpose and What it Needs to Do to Recover It (Princeton University Press, 2005), The Transformation of American Religion: How We actually Practice our Faith (Free Press, 2003), and An Intellectual in Public (University of Michigan Press, 2003). Both One Nation, After All and Moral Freedom were selected as New York Times Notable Books of the Year.