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‘Red State Religion’ in KU spotlight

By The Herald Staff | 10/23/2013

LAWRENCE — A Princeton University professor is set to lecture next week on “Red State Religion: Conservative Resurgence in Kansas and Texas.”

The event, set for 4 p.m. Wednesday in the Kansas Union’s Woodruff Auditorium, is to feature Robert Wuthnow, Princeton University professor, author and KU alum. The lecture is expected to focus on the underlying issues of religiously motivated political activism in Kansas and the Midwest, Ebenezer Obadare, KU associate professor of sociology, said.

LAWRENCE — A Princeton University professor is set to lecture next week on “Red State Religion: Conservative Resurgence in Kansas and Texas.”

The event, set for 4 p.m. Wednesday in the Kansas Union’s Woodruff Auditorium, is to feature Robert Wuthnow, Princeton University professor, author and KU alum. The lecture is expected to focus on the underlying issues of religiously motivated political activism in Kansas and the Midwest, Ebenezer Obadare, KU associate professor of sociology, said.

Wuthnow’s book, “Red State Religion: Faith and Politics in America’s Heartland,” takes a look at such religious activism in Kansas from territorial days to the present, Obadare said, examining how faith mixed with politics as both ordinary Kansans and such leaders as John Brown, Carrie Nation, William Allen White and Dwight Eisenhower struggled over the pivotal issues of their times, from slavery and Prohibition to populism and anti-communism.

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