Scholar to connect religion and U.S. Presidency in UCCS speech

Tom Hutton, (719) 255-3439, [email protected]
Randall Balmer
Randall Balmer

COLORADO SPRINGS — A scholar who traced the role of religion in U.S. presidencies from John F. Kennedy to the current battle for the nation’s top elected post will speak at 6 p.m. March 9 in Centennial Hall on the campus of the University of Colorado Colorado Sprngs.

Randall Balmer, the John Phillips Professor in Religion, Dartmouth University, will present “Religion and Presidential Politics: Past, Present and Future,” as part of a free community lecture. The event is sponsored by the UCCS Center for Religious Diversity and Public Life.

“This primary season leading up to the presidential election in November has already proved unique if not bizarre,” Jeff Scholes, assistant professor, Department of Philosophy, and center director said. “The role of religion — or lack of it — in the lives of several of the main candidates is certainly contributing to the odd nature of this race so far. Dr. Balmer’s timely lecture will help us make sense of the religious expression in this presidential race by not only looking back at the past and but also addressing what this current race portends for religion in the political domain.”

Balmer joined the Dartmouth faculty in 2012 and previously was a 27-year member of the faculty at Columbia University where he was a professor of American religious history. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Trinity College, Palos Heights, Illinois, a master’s degree from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Deerfield, Illinois, master’s and Ph.D. from Princeton University and a master’s degree from Union Theological Seminary, New York.

His publications include “Redeemer: The Life of Jimmy Carter,” “First Freedom: The Fight for Religious Liberty,” and “God in the White House: How Faith Shaped the Presidency from John F. Kennedy to George W. Bush.”

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There is no admission for the event and parking is free in lots 222 and 224.

The University of Colorado Colorado Springs, located on Austin Bluffs Parkway in Colorado Springs, is one of the fastest growing universities in Colorado. The university offers 39 bachelor’s degrees, 20 master’s and five doctoral degrees. UCCS enrolls about 11,300 students on campus annually and another 2,000 in online programs. For more information, visit