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UCSB professor lectures on religion and politics in presidential election on Oct. 29 at MSU

October 17, 2012

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A free public lecture about the role of religion in presidential politics, with a focus on the upcoming 2012 election, will be given at 4 p.m. Monday, Oct. 29, in Room 043 of Gaines Hall at Montana State University.

Wade Clark Roof, the J.F. Rowny Professor of Religion and Society in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, will present "Religion and Politics: 2012 Presidential Style."

Roof directs the Walter H. Capps Center for the Study of Ethics, Religion and Public Life at UCSB. A prominent public scholar, he is author or editor of more than a dozen books on the evolving landscape of religion in the U.S., including "Religious Pluralism and Civil Society," "Spiritual Marketplace: Baby Boomers and the Remaking of American Religion," "World Order and Religion," and "A Generation of Seekers: The Spiritual Journeys of the Baby Boom Generation." He has received support for his research on contemporary religion from the Lilly Endowment, Pew Charitable Trusts, the Randolph and Dora Haynes Foundation, the Henry Luce Foundation and the Ford Foundation.

Roof's lecture is sponsored by the Department of History and Philosophy and the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, and is presented by the College of Letters and Science's Distinguished Speakers Series. The series, which began in the spring of 2011, brings distinguished scholars to MSU to give a public talk and to meet with faculty and students in order to enrich the intellectual life on campus and to enhance research connections.

For more information about this and other L&S Distinguished Speakers Series lectures, please visit or call 994-4288.

Jody Sanford (406) 994-7791,