Religion in the 2012 Elections

Religion has become a fixture in American electoral politics. In fact, social issues have arguably been more prominent in the early 2012 presidential campaign than economic concerns. While such clashes typically give off tremendous heat but shed little light, we believe these issues are too important to ignore -- particularly given the stakes of the 2012 elections.

This half-day symposium will feature presentations from some of the leading researchers and national commentators on the nexus of religion and politics. Participants can choose from a variety of topical sessions to explore the issues they care about most.

For more information and to RSVP, please visit the Texas Freedom Network event page.

"Religion in the 2012 Elections" is co-sponsored by the Baker Institute, the Texas Freedom Network Education Fund and the Rice University Religion and Public Life Program.

 

 

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Speaker William Martin
William Martin, Ph.D., is the Harry and Hazel Chavanne Senior Fellow in Religion and Public Policy at the Baker Institute and the Chavanne Emeritus Professor of Sociology at Rice University. His areas of research and writing at the Baker Institute focus on two major sets of issues: 1) the political ...

William Martin, Ph.D., is the Harry and Hazel Chavanne Senior Fellow in Religion and Public Policy at the Baker Institute and the Chavanne Emeritus Professor of Sociology at Rice University. His areas of research and writing at the Baker Institute focus on two major sets of issues: 1) the political implications of religion, particularly fundamentalist religions and the importance of the separation of religion and government, or “church and state”; and 2) ways to reduce the harms associated with both drug abuse and drug policy. His articles, most of which deal with aspects of religion, have appeared in such publications as Texas Monthly, The Atlantic Monthly, Harper’s and Esquire, as well as in professional journals. His book “A Prophet with Honor: The Billy Graham Story” is regarded as the authoritative biography of Billy Graham. An updated edition of his 1996 book “With God on Our Side: The Rise of the Religious Right in America,” the companion volume to a six-hour documentary PBS miniseries of the same name, was reissued in June 2005 by Broadway Books. He is a frequent guest on national and local news and discussion programs. During his 44 years at Rice, Martin has received numerous teaching awards, including a Lifetime Award for Excellence in Teaching. Martin received his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1969.



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Wed, Jan. 25, 2012
1 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
(GMT-0500) America/Chicago

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