Messiah College American Democracy Lecture

If you are in the central PA area, consider joining us tomorrow night at 7pm for our annual American Democracy Lecture.  This year’s speaker is Patrick Allitt.  Allitt joins a distinguished list of Messiah College American Democracy lecturers that have included James McPherson, Peter Onuf, Wilma King, Harry Stout, and Wilfred McClay.

GRANTHAM, Pa. (Sep. 22, 2010) — Patrick N. Allitt, Calhoon Family Professor of American History at Emory University, will deliver a lecture at Messiah College, focusing on the relationship between politics and religion titled “Religion and Politics: Partners or Rivals in American History?” The lecture, which is sponsored by the Center for Public Humanities in conjunction with the Department of History, will take place on October 12 in Alexander Auditorium in Frey Hall academic building at 7 p.m. No tickets required. 

About Patrick Allitt
Allitt, an Oxford University graduate, received his doctoral degree in history from the University of California, Berkeley. Previous to teaching at Emory University, Allitt taught American religious history at Harvard Divinity School. He began teaching at Emory in 1988 and since then has been showered with many awards, such as Emory’s Excellence in Teaching Award. He also held the position of director of Emory College’s Center for Teaching and Curriculum from 2004 to 2009, where he helped other teachers grow through workshops and consultations. In addition to teaching, Allitt has written several books, including
The Conservatives: Ideas and Personalities throughout American History and Catholic Converts: British and American Intellectuals Turn to Rome and I’m the Teacher, You’re the Student: A Semester in the University Classroom.

About Messiah College
Messiah College, a private Christian college of the liberal and applied arts and sciences, enrolls 2,800 undergraduate students in more than 55 majors. Established in 1909, the primary campus is located in Grantham, Pa., near the state capital of Harrisburg. A satellite campus affiliated with Temple University is located in Philadelphia.

2 thoughts on “Messiah College American Democracy Lecture

  1. Here is my take-away from Allitt's most interesting lecture. In my own words, politics in a democracy requires compromise, but religious commitment requires holding one's beliefs firmly. Hence a Christian politician should expect to be torn between holding firm beliefs and being able to accomplish something.

    I will be more sympathetic of political deadlock after this lecture.


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