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The Joseph J. Naples ’41 Conversations in Christ & Culture Lecture Series presents a lecture by Randall Balmer, PhD, entitled “God in the White House” tomorrow (September 28) at 7:30 p.m. in the Grupp Fireside Lounge.  The lecture is free and open to the public.  A reception and book signing will follow the lecture.

Balmer is a professor of American religious history at Barnard College, Columbia University where he has been teaching since earning his PhD from Princeton University in 1985.  He is best known for his award winning Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory: A Journey into the Evangelical Subculture in America, published by Oxford in 1989 and now in its fourth edition.  Not only did this book win many awards but its companion, a three-part documentary by the same name which Balmer wrote and narrated for PBS, was nominated for an Emmy and won the Gabriel award in 1993.  Balmer’s most recent book, and subject of his lecture, is God in the White House: A History: How Faith Shaped the Presidency from John F. Kennedy to George W. Bush published by HarperOne in 2008.

For more information, contact Timothy Wadkins, PhD at

Submitted by:  Marilyn Tokarczyk, administrative associate, religious studies