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Speaker to Discuss Emergence of Evangelical Politics

Dr. Darren Dochuk, Associate Professor of History at Purdue University, will give a talk on “From Bible Belt to Sun Belt: Plain-Folk Religion, Grassroots Politics, and the Rise of Evangelical Conservatism”at 7:30 p.m., Nov. 7 in Meyer Library Room 101.

The talk is based on Dr. Dochuk’s recent book of the same name, which tracks the emergence of evangelical politics from the margins of the Depression-era “Bible Belt” South into the mainstream of California’s “Sunbelt” society, and how this transplanted southern evangelicalism helped galvanize Ronald Reagan’s conservative coalition.
The lecture is sponsored by the Ozarks Studies Institute, the College of Humanities and Public Affairs, the Provost’s Office, and the Department of Religious Studies.  This free event is open to faculty, staff, students and the public.

Dr. John Schmalzbauer discuss the Dochuk's book.

For more information, please contact Kris Sutliff (, Kathy Pulley (, or John Schmalzbauer (