It looks like it will be a busy Fall here at “The Way of Improvement Leads Home.”
This weekend I will be in upstate New York speaking on Sunday morning at the annual American Revolution Seminar at Fort Ticonderoga. My talk will be on the religious beliefs of the founding fathers. If you have never been to Ft. Ticonderoga during this time of year you should really make a point of visiting. It is beautiful. I am actually looking forward to the seven-hour drive through the mountains!
On Monday, September 26, I will Skyping with Kim Johnson’s AP US History class at Susquehannock High School in Glenn Rock, PA. Kim is one of my former students at Messiah College. I think we will be talking about the First Great Awakening and the American Enlightenment.
On the weekend of September 30 I will be at Georgetown University where I will be giving a lecture on the history of evangelical political engagement to the members of the Evangelicals and Catholic Alliance for the Common Good. This is a group of moderate evangelicals and Catholics who are seeking informed engagement with public issues from the perspective of Christian faith.
On October 6-7 I fly out to San Bernardino, California to conduct a two-day Gilder-Lehrman Institute of American History /Teaching American History Grant workshop on the American Enlightenment with San Bernardino public school teachers.
On October 13th I will be back home at Messiah College doing a very short talk to the college’s board of trustees and other friends of the college as part of a larger presentation by the School of Humanities. I will be talking about the ways that the humanities can cultivate virtue in our lives and contribute to a civil society. Some of my thoughts will come from my current book project, “The Power to Transform: A Christian Reflection on the Study of the Past.”
On the weekend of October 21-23 I will be making my first trip to Birmingham, Alabama for the board meeting and national conference of the Lilly Fellows Program in Humanities and the Arts. We are meeting this year at Samford University.
Finally, the month ends on October 26 with a talk on Was America Founded as a Christian Nation?: A Historical Introduction at the monthly meeting of the American Revolution Roundtable of Philadelphia.
If you will in the area for any of these talks let me know. Perhaps we could grab a cup of coffee or some other beverage.