Syndicated Columnist to Lecture on Religion and Politics

E.J. Dionne Jr., a syndicated national policy and politics columnist for The Washington Post, will address "Religion and Politics in the 2008 Election" in a Sept. 29 lecture at Willamette University.

The lecture begins at 7:30 p.m. in Smith Auditorium. Tickets are $10 for the public and will be available starting Sept. 22 at the information desk on the first floor of Putnam University Center. The event is sponsored by Willamette's Center for Religion, Law and Democracy.

Dionne is a frequent politics commentator for National Public Radio, ABC's "This Week" and NBC's "Meet the Press." He has been a columnist for The Post since 1993. Before joining The Post, he spent 14 years at The New York Times covering local, state, and national politics and serving as a foreign correspondent in Paris, Rome and Beirut. He is a professor at Georgetown University and a senior fellow at The Brookings Institution.

Dionne's 1991 book Why Americans Hate Politics won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and was a National Book Award nominee. He is also the author of Souled Out: Reclaiming Faith and Politics after the Religious Right (2008), Stand Up, Fight Back: Republican Toughs, Democratic Wimps, and the Politics of Revenge (2004) and They Only Look Dead: Why Progressives Will Dominate the Next Political Era (1996). Dionne received the American Political Science Association's Carey McWilliams Award in 1996 for a major journalistic contribution to the understanding of politics.

For more information, contact Reyna Meyers with the Center for Religion, Law and Democracy at (503) 370-6046.