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Whitworth welcomes Emmy Award nominee Randall Balmer Sept. 29

September 18, 2014

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An American author, Episcopal priest, Dartmouth University professor and historian of American religion, Randall Balmer is a man of many roles and with many insights to share. Balmer will present “His Own Received Him Not: Jimmy Carter, the Religious Right, and the 1980 Presidential Election” at 7 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 29, in Weyerhaeuser Hall’s Robinson Teaching Theatre. This lecture is free and open to the public.

“Randall Balmer is one of the leading historians of American religion and its impact on the American political landscape,” Kathy Lee, professor of political science, says. “His research emerges from his own Christian commitment, a commitment that has been informed by both American evangelicalism, a tradition in which he was raised, and his ordination as a priest in the Episcopal Church.”

Balmer has written more than a dozen books and published countless articles in both scholarly journals and the popular press.  His second novel, Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory: A Journey into the Evangelical Subculture in America, was adapted into a PBS documentary for which he received an Emmy Award nomination.

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private liberal arts university affiliated with the Presbyterian church. The university, which has an enrollment of nearly 3,000 students, offers 60 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.


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