National Symposium Series on Democracy: “Religion and Politics”

Feb. 13, 2019, 6:30 p.m.

Join us for a discussion on religion and politics with Melani McAlister, Professor of American Studies & International Affairs at George Washington University; and Marie Griffith, the John C. Danforth Distinguished Professor in the Humanities at Washington University. 

Marie Griffith is a frequent media commentator and public speaker on current issues pertaining to religion and politics, including the changing profile of American evangelicals and ongoing conflicts over gender, sexuality and marriage.Her latest book, “Moral Combat: How Sex Divided American Christians and Fractured American Politics,” traces conflicts over sexual morality, feminism, and gender that have riven American Christianity and politics for over a century.

Melani McAlister specializes in the multiple “global visions” produced by and for Americans. In her writing and teaching, she focuses on the ways in which cultural and political history intersect, and on the role of religion and culture in shaping US interests in other parts of the world. Her own interests include nationalism and transnationalism; cultural theory; religion and culture; the rhetoric of foreign policy; and cultural and media history. 

This event is part of the National Symposium Series on Democracy, an ongoing program series organized by the Batten School and Center for Politics for the 2018-19 academic year. The event is free and open to the public but attendees must register in advance