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Marist to Host "Religion, Politics, and the Presidency 2012" Roundtable

POUGHKEEPSIE - Religion promises to play a larger role in this year`s election than ever before. Polls show that more voters are confused by President Obama`s religious affiliation than several years ago, and Mitt Romney is the first Mormon ever to run for President. The growing presence of liberal evangelicals, the Catholic Bishops’ protest over the HHS regulations on contraception coverage, and the divergence between President Obama and many African American Christians over the issue of gay marriage (to name only a few things) promise to make religion an explosive force in this year`s election cycle.

To sort through some of these issues, Marist will present a panel of renowned scholars in what promises to be a provocative roundtable discussion of "Religion, Politics, and the Presidency 2012" in the Nelly Goletti Theatre in the Student Center at Marist College beginning at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 10, 2012. The event is free and open to the public. Election 2012 Button

Randall Balmer is a prize-winning historian and Emmy Award nominee who teaches religion at Dartmouth College. He has written for newspapers across the country and has appeared frequently on network television and NPR. He is the author of more than a dozen books, most recently "God in the White House: How Faith Shaped the Presidency from John F. Kennedy to George W. Bush," as well as several PBS documentaries, which he also hosted.

Louis H. Bolce teaches political science at CUNY’s Baruch College. He has published numerous articles or book chapters in the American Political Science Review, Political Science Quarterly, the "Encyclopedia of American Religion and Politics," as well as "Religion, Politics, and American Identity" (Lanham, Md.: Lexington, 2006) and in "From Pews to Polling Places: Faith and Politics in the American Religious Mosaic" (Washington DC: Georgetown University Press, 2007).

Gerald De Maio teaches political science at CUNY’s Baruch College. He has published numerous articles or book chapters in journals such as Political Science Quarterly, American Politics Quarterly, Social Science Quarterly, and First Things, as well as the "Encyclopedia of American Religion and Politics," Religion, Politics, and American Identity, and "From Pews to Polling Places: Faith and Politics in the American Religious Mosaic."

Barbara D. Savage, another prize-winning historian, teaches history and American social thought at the University of Pennsylvania. Her most recent book, "Your Spirits Walk Beside Us: The Politics of Black Religion," won the 2012 Grawemeyer Prize in Religion. She also is the author of "Broadcasting Freedom: Radio, War, and the Politics of Race, 1938-1948," which won the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library Award for the best book in American history in the period 1916-1966.

This event is sponsored by the Office of the Vice President of Academic Affairs. For more information, please contact Dr. John Allan Knight, Coordinator of Academic Lectures at John.Knight@Marist.edu or the Office of Public Affairs below.


For further information, call the Marist College Office of Public Affairs at (845) 575-3174.

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