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Lecture to explore role of faith in politics


An old saying suggests religion and politics don't mix. 

Randall Balmer, historian and chair of the Department of Religion at Dartmouth College, wants to convince you otherwise.

Balmer will make his case in an upcoming lecture at SIU Carbondale titled "His Own Received Him Not: Jimmy Carter, Progressive Evangelicalism and the Religious Right."

Sponsored by the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute, the presentation is part of the John and Murial Hayward Lecture series.  

Created in 1999, the series brings in distinguished guests to lecture in the general area of politics and religion or politics and the arts.

Balmer, also an Episcopal priest and Emmy Award nominee, is "one of the nation's leading scholars on religion and politics," said David Yepsen, institute director.

His latest book looks at the role of faith in Carter's presidency and his life.

Including the book on Carter, Balmer has published more than a dozen books, including "Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory: A Journey into Evangelical Subculture in America," which is now in its fourth edition.

The book was made into an award-winning, three-part PBS documentary. 

Balmer also wrote and hosted a two-part series on creationism and a documentary on the Rev. Billy Graham.

The presentation is Thursday, April 9, at 7 p.m. in the SIU School of Law Hiram H. Lesar Building auditorium.

For more information on this or any other institute program, contact the institute at 618-453-4009 or visit paulsimoninstitute.siu.edu.

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