Department of Religious Studies

Lecture on faith and politics in the US

Tue, February 26, 2008

Religion has long been a significant part of American politics. For much of this history, the confluence of faith and politics has been a largely symbolic practice, without distinctly partisan motivations. But something has changed in recent decades. On issue after issue, U.S. public debate today includes -- and often is dominated by -- faith-based perspectives espoused by politically adept individuals and organizations. This lecture will examine how and why this occurred and what it means for democracy.

David Domke is a professor in the Department of Communication and head of journalism at the University of Washington. His research and teaching focus on how political leaders strategically craft their public communications and also how news media cover these messages. Domke, a former journalist, is the author of God Willing? Political Fundamentalism in the White House, The "War on Terror," and The Echoing Press (London: Pluto Press, 2004). His new book, The God Strategy: How Religion Became a Political Weapon in America, was coauthored with Kevin Coe of the University of Illinois and was published in January 2008 by Oxford University Press.

This event is free and open to the public and will take place March 3, 2008 at 7:00 PM at the Thompson Conference Center (TCC 1.110). TCC is next to the LBJ School at Red River and Dean Keeton.

This lecture is sponsored by the Senior Fellows Honors Program of the College of Communication, the Department of Religious Studies, and the Department of Government.

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