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Faith and politics in the Heartland is topic of King Lecture at Washburn University

"Red State Religion” will be presented by Robert Wuthnow at the next King Lecture in Religious Studies set for 7:30 p.m., Monday, Oct. 28 in the Washburn Room of the Memorial Union at Washburn University.  No admission is charged and the public is invited to attend.

Wuthnow is the Gerhard R. Andlinger Professor of Sociology at Princeton University, where he is also the chairman of the department of sociology and director of the Princeton University Center for the Study of Religion. He earned a doctorate at the University of California at Berkeley and has published widely in the sociology of religion, culture and civil society.

He is the author of several ground-breaking studies of American religion, including “The God Problem: Expressing Faith and Being Reasonable” (2012), “Small-Town America: Finding Community, Shaping the Future” (2013), “Red State Religion: Faith and Politics in America’s Heartland” (2011) and “Boundless Faith: The Global Outreach of American Churches” (2009). His current research and teaching focuses on social change, the sociology of belonging, community, rural sociology, theory and religion and politics.           

The King Lecture in Religious Studies was established by a gift from the First Congregational Church of Topeka from funds donated in memory of Thomas L. King, an alumnus and benefactor of Washburn University. The lectureship is designed to enhance the understanding of religion within the context of the humanities.  The event is sponsored by the Washburn philosophy department.

For information, call (785) 670-1542.

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Contact:  Dena Anson, (785) 670-1711

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