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Religion, Politics, and Democratic Deliberation

A CDD lecture series led by Professor of Communication Arts and Sciences Stephen H. Browne

The Center for Democratic Deliberation is proud to sponsor a new scholarly lecture series: "Religion, Politics, and Democratic Deliberation." This series, led by Professor of Communication Arts and Sciences Stephen H. Browne, will bring a number of outstanding scholars of religion and politics to the Penn State campus and culminate in a volume edited by Dr. Browne.

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Professor of Communication Arts and Sciences Stephen H. Browne


The lecture series already has featured speakers from a wide range of backgrounds.  The first speaker was Hooman Majd, whose lecture "The Ayatollah Begs to Differ: Culture, Politics, Ethics, and the Making of Modern Iran" was delivered on October 15, 2009.

The second lecture in the series featured Dr. Martin J. Medhurst, Distinguished Professor of Rhetoric and Communication and Professor of Political Science at Baylor University in Waco, Texas.  Dr. Medhurst delivered his lecture, "Barack Obama and the Politics of Faith," on October 29, 2010.

Third in the series was a lecture by Professor Robert Abzug, Oliver H. Radkey Regents Professor of History and Director of the Schusterman Center for Jewish Studies at the University of Texas, Austin.  Dr. Abzug's lecture entitled, "Mixed Messages: Christian and Jewish Voices in American Historical Perspective, was delivered on April 15, 2010.

Dr. Robert Rowland, Professor and Director of Graduate Studies at The University of Kansas, delivered the fourth lecture of the series on March 23, 2012.  Rowland's lecture was entitled “Obama in Osawatomie; the Limits of Rhetoric about Public Policy and the Power of a Coherent Ideological Vision."

This series will culminate in an edited volume tentatively entitled Rhetoric, Politics, and Religion: The Prospects for Democratic Deliberation in Twenty-First Century America. This volume will include essays by representatives of the world’s three great monotheistic religions, as well as by academic specialists in the subject, and will reflect upon both the problems and possibilities of public discourse about religion and politics.