American Democracy Lecture

Join us on Tuesday, October 12 for the Messiah College American Democracy Lecture.  This year’s speaker is Patrick Allitt of Emory University.  You can learn more about Allitt below.

History majors should also be aware of a special opportunity to meet with Prof. Allitt from 11:45-1:15 in the Library Athaneum where he will be leading a discussion on teaching.  There are still several slots available for this luncheon discussion.  If you are interested please contact either Dr. Fea ( or Gina Hale (

Here is the Messiah College press release:

GRANTHAM, Pa. (Sep. 22, 2010) — Patrick N. Allitt, a Cahoon Family Professor of American History at Emory University, will deliver a lecture at Messiah College, focusing on the relationship between politics and religion titled “Religion and Politics: Partners or Rivals in American History?” The lecture, which is sponsored by the Center for Public Humanities in conjunction with the department of history, will take place on October 12 in Alexander Auditorium in Frey Hall academic building at 7 p.m. No tickets required.

About Patrick Allitt
Allitt, an Oxford University graduate, received his doctoral degree in history from the University of California, Berkeley. Previous to teaching at Emory University, Allitt taught American religious history at Harvard Divinity School. He began teaching at Emory in 1988 and since then has been showered with many awards, such as Emory’s Excellence in Teaching Award. He also held the position of director of Emory College’s Center for Teaching and Curriculum from 2004 to 2009, where he helped other teachers grow through workshops and consultations. In addition to teaching, Allitt has written several books, including “The Conservatives: Ideas and Personalities throughout American History” and “Catholic Intellectuals and Conservative Politics in America.”

About Messiah College
Messiah College, a private Christian college of the liberal and applied arts and sciences, enrolls 2,800 undergraduate students in more than 55 majors. Established in 1909, the primary campus is located in Grantham, Pa., near the state capital of Harrisburg. A satellite campus affiliated with Temple University is located in Philadelphia.

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