Mike Pence gave the commencement address earlier today at Taylor University. Taylor’s invitation to Pence has been controversial. I wrote about it in a piece at Religion News Service. As expected, dozens of students and faculty walked out of the room before Pence took the lectern. The Washington Post has the best reporting I have seen … Continue reading Mike Pence at Taylor
Emily McFarland Miller of Religion News Service spent some time on the Taylor campus. I was happy to contribute to her report. Here is a taste: Like most Americans, students at Taylor University have strong feelings about President Trump and his vice president, Mike Pence, as well as the relationship between religion and politics. So … Continue reading More on Mike Pence’s Upcoming Commencement Address at Taylor University
Mike Pence will be the 2019 commencement speaker at Taylor University. We wrote about this yesterday. This morning Steve Long, the Cary M. Maguire University Professor of Ethics at Southern Methodist University and a Taylor alumnus, sent us these thoughts and gave us permission to publish them. -JF I went to Taylor University from 1978-1982. … Continue reading A Distinguished Taylor University Alumnus Speaks Out on the Pence Invitation
As some of you have heard, Taylor University, an evangelical Christian college in Upland, Indiana, has invited Mike Pence to be its 2019 commencement speaker. Not everyone is happy about Taylor’s decision. Taylor alumni have started a Change.org petition claiming that the Pence invitation makes “our alumni, faculty, staff and current students complicit in the Trump-Pence … Continue reading Taylor University and Mike Pence
Amy Taylor is an Associate Professor of History along with Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of Kentucky. This interview is based on her new book, Embattled Freedom: Journeys through the Civil War’s Slave Refugee Camps (The University of North Carolina Press, 2018). JF: What led you to write Embattled Freedom? AT: For a number of years, while … Continue reading The Author’s Corner with Amy Taylor
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In March we posted on disgruntled conservative employees at the evangelical Taylor University in Upland, Indiana. Today we learn that a Taylor professor kissed and inappropriately touched a student rape victim who sought his counsel. Here is a taste of an article at Inside Higher Education: A professor at Taylor University, who built the evangelical institution’s well-known … Continue reading What is Happening (Again) at Taylor University?
Taylor University is an evangelical Christian college in Upland, Indiana. It is a great school. According to this piece at Christianity Today, the school appears to have a faction of conservative faculty and staff who believe that it is moving in a “liberal” direction. These disgruntled employees started an anonymous newspaper titled Excalibur. The creators of Excalibur–a philosophy … Continue reading What is Happening at Taylor University?
William Harrison Taylor is Associate Professor of History at Alabama State University. This interview is based on his new book Unity in Christ and Country: Presbyterians in the Revolutionary Era, 1758-1801 (University of Alabama Press, 2017). JF: What led you to write Unity in Christ and Country WHT: This project had its origins during my time in graduate … Continue reading The Author’s Corner With William Harrison Taylor
Last month the “Hall of Presidents,” a wax museum of American presidents in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, went out of business and auctioned-off everything in the museum. I live about thirty miles from Gettysburg and I was tempted to drive down for the auction. I thought I might be able to land a life-size wax POTUS for … Continue reading Settling for Zachary Taylor
As a historian, I think it is fair to say that there is much about the 2016 presidential race that is unprecedented. But, as Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Alan Taylor reminds us, even the founding fathers fought bitterly over the best way to secure a bright future for the United States. Here is a taste of … Continue reading Alan Taylor: “We honor the founders best by sustaining their debates over core principles of government.”
Alan Taylor is Thomas Jefferson Memorial Foundation Professor of History at the University of Virginia. This interview is based on his new book, American Revolutions: A Continental History, 1750-1804 (W. W. Norton & Company, 2016). JF: What led you to write American Revolutions? AT: I have been teaching the field for many years and developed … Continue reading The Author’s Corner with Alan Taylor
By now many of you have probably read a review of Alan Taylor‘s new synthesis of the American Revolution. (We will be featuring Taylor in an upcoming edition of the Author’s Corner. Stay tuned). Writing in The New York Times, Gordon Wood described Taylor’s work this way: A major legacy of the Revolution, he concludes, … Continue reading Alan Taylor Channels Gordon Wood
The John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress “brings together scholars and researchers from around the world to stimulate and energize one another, to distill wisdom from the Library’s rich resources, and to interact with policymakers and the public.” Every year the Kluge Center presents the John W. Kluge Prize for Achievement in … Continue reading Jurgen Habermas and Charles Taylor Receive Kluge Prize
Joshua Zeitz has a great piece at The Atlantic commemorating the fortieth anniversary of Bruce Springsteen’s Born to Run. I love when historians write about Bruce Springsteen. Zeitz situates Born to Run in both the Springsteen biography and the cultural and economic developments of the 1970s.Here is Zeitz on the difference between the singer-songwriter crowd … Continue reading The Difference Between Bruce Springsteen and James Taylor
The Pulitzer Prizes have been announced. Alan Taylor of the University of Virginia has won the Pulitzer in History for The Internal Enemy: Slavery and War in Virginia, 1772-1832. This is Taylor’s second Pulitzer. He won in 1996 for William Cooper’s Town. Finalists were Jacqueline Jones and Eric Schlosser. See all the 2014 winners here.
This is apparently a clip from a longer segment with C-SPAN’s American History TV which I can’t seem to find.
He discusses historic attempts to define America as a “Christian nation.” I appreciate his sense of change over time on this issue. Not bad for a philosopher. HT: Jon Rowe at American Creation
In case you missed it, Vice President Mike Pence delivered the commencement address on Saturday at Liberty University, a school that claims to be the largest Christian university in the world. Court evangelical and Liberty president Jerry Falwell Jr. was the master of ceremonies (Why didn’t he wear a robe like most college presidents?) At … Continue reading Commencement at Liberty University
Aside from sports radio (WFAN in New York during the Mike and the Mad Dog era, the SCORE in Chicago during the “Harvard the Hot Dog” era, and my current favorite–the Dan Libotard Show with Stugatz on EPSN), two New York radio stations have shaped my musical tastes. The soundtrack of my life was broadcast … Continue reading Thoughts on the End of WPLJ