Religion and Politics Conference

Willamette University will host a conference on Religion and Politics of the United States Wednesday, Nov. 14, in the Hatfield Room on the second floor of the Mark O. Hatfield Library from 9:45 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. There will be two panels of speakers. The conference is free and open to the public.

The first panel, from 9:45 a.m. to 11:15 a.m., includes Wilson Carey McWilliams, professor of political science at Rutgers University and author of "The Idea of Fraternity in America" and "The Politics of Disappointment"; Andrew Murphy, Senior Fellow at the Martin Marty Divinity School, University of Chicago, and author of "Conscious and Community: Revisiting Toleration and Religious Dissent in Early Modern England and America"; and Alisa Rosenthal, assistant professor of political science at Rollins College. She is currently working on "Slavery, Syphilis, and Spuds: The Escalation of Apology in Contemporary American Political Culture."

The second panel, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., will address the prophetic voice in American politics with the Rev. Jim Wallis, editor of Sojourners magazine and author of many books including "Faith Works: Lessons and Life of the Activist Preacher" and "The Soul of Politics." He is the convener of Call to Renewal, a federation of faith-based organizations committed to addressing issues such as poverty and racial justice. The second speaker is the Pastor Gail McDougle of First Congregational Church, Salem.

The conference is sponsored by the Willamette University Department of Politics, the Public Policy Research Center, the Center for the Humanities, the Office of the Chaplain, and Educational Programming.