UW News

October 2, 2008

Luce lectures consider religion and the U.S. presidential election

A second season of Luce Lectures will focus on the U.S. presidential election. “What’s Religion Got to Do With It?” is scheduled for four evenings in October, coordinated by the UW Comparative Religion Program. Held in Kane Hall at 7:30 p.m., the lectures are free and open to the public.

Oct. 9: Religious Politics in America: Why the 2008 Presidential Election May Change Everything for Everyone. Speaker David Domke, a professor of communication at the UW, was recognized as the Washington State Professor of the Year in 2006. He is author of The God Strategy, a sobering look at how deeply embedded religion has become in contemporary American politics.

Oct. 27: Iran and Future of Middle East. Speaker Vali Nasr, a professor at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, researches the roles of states in Islamization and evolution of democratic ideas in the Muslim world.

Oct. 28: A Nation Within: Black Religion, the Black Church, and the National Election. Speaker Hubert Locke, an emeritus professor of public affairs at the UW and former dean of the Evans School of Public Affairs, is author and editor of several books on race, criminal justice, religion and public policy.

Oct. 31: Iraq and the U.S. Presidential Election. Speaker Juan Cole, a professor of history at the University of Michigan, is also regular columnist at Salon.com. He focuses on relationships between the West and the Muslim world in their historical contexts.

The series is sponsored by the Henry M. Luce Foundation, Comparative Religion, the Center for Global Studies and the Jackson School of International Studies.

For more information, visit http://jsis.washington.edu/religion/humsec/news.html.