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Trump and the White Working Class: The Politics of a New Minority?Justin Gest January 18, 2017, 3:30 p.m., St. Olaf College, Buntrock Commons, Sun and Gold Ballrooms
On the eve of the inauguration of Donald Trump, political scientist and ethnographer Justin Gest will offer a fresh look at the white working class constituency that helped propel Trump to victory.
An American Conscience: The Reinhold Niebuhr StoryMartin Doblmeier, Richard Crouter, Anthony Bateza, Lori Pearson, and Edmund N. Santurri February 19, 2017, 7:00 p.m., Carleton College, Weitz Center for Creativity – Cinema (WCC161)
Martin Doblmeier, filmmaker, will talk about the making of this film. It will be shown and a panel/conversation with the audience follows.
Boondoggle! The Struggle to Build the Eisenhower MemorialBruce Cole February 28, 2017, 7:00 p.m., St. Olaf College, Dittmann 305
Authorized by Congress 17 years ago, the Eisenhower Memorial is still on the drawing board. Its design by “starchitect” Frank Gehry for the National Mall remains unfunded by Congress and is the target of a storm of criticism. Eisenhower Memorial Commission member Bruce Cole — speaking as a private citizen — will share the monument’s story.
Symposium on Religious and Political DisagreementRobert Benne, Amy E. Black, Mitri Raheb, and Miroslav Volf April 20, 2017, St. Olaf College, Tomson Hall 280
The symposium will feature Robert Benne, Amy Black, Mitri Raheb, and Miroslav Volf. These four distinguished scholars of religion will address issues of religious and political disagreement as they bear on (a) diversity within the Christian community largely considered, (b) differences among evangelical Christians, (c) debates arising out of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and (d) disagreements among the “world religions” (e.g., Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism) and secular perspectives in pluralistic and globalized societies.
Debating Religious Freedom TodayRobert P. George, Cécile Laborde, and David Little April 27, 2017, 7:00 p.m., St. Olaf College, Tomson Hall 280
This panel discussion will feature renowned normative political theorists Robert P. George, Cécile Laborde, and David Little. They will address issues revolving around the meaning, justification, and practice of religious freedom.
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