by Jim Patterson
Ray Suarez, a senior correspondent for The NewsHour on PBS and author of a book about the relationship between religion and politics in America, will speak at Vanderbilt on “The Politics of Faith in America.”
Suarez, the former host of Talk of the Nation on National Public Radio, will speak at 7 p.m. March 27 in Benton Chapel. The lecture will serve as both the Center for the Study of Religion and Culture’s spring lecture and Vanderbilt Divinity School’s annual Howard L. Harrod Lecture. The event is free and the public is invited.
Suarez has been the Washington-based senior correspondent for The NewsHour since 1999. His books include The Holy Vote, published last year, which examines the tightening relationship between religion and politics in America. He also is author of The Old Neighborhood: What We Lost in the Great Suburban Migration.
The CSRC’s annual spring lecture brings to campus scholars doing creative and distinguished work at the intersections of religion and culture. Howard L. Harrod was the Oberlin Alumni Professor of Social Ethics and Sociology of Religion at the divinity school. He taught for more than 30 years at Vanderbilt, and the annual Howard L. Harrod Lecture was established to honor his distinguished legacy of scholarship and university service.
Video of the lecture will be available at www.vanderbilt.edu/csrc and www.vanderbilt.edu/news.