| Bean Lecture: Randall Balmer
New Hampshire Institute of Politics
Randall Balmer, the John Phillips Professor in Religion and Chair of the Department of Religion at Dartmouth College, will present a talk titled, "Full Circle: The Religious Right from Bob Jones to Donald Trump."
A widely respected scholar of religion and politics, Dr. Balmer is the author of Redeemer: The Life of Jimmy Carter; The Making of Evangelicalism: From Revivalism to Politics and Beyond; God in the White House: How Faith Shaped the Presidency from John F. Kennedy to George W. Bush; and many others. In addition to books, he has written for both scholarly journals and the popular press, and as an expert on religion and American politics he has made regular appearances on network television and as an expert witness in several First Amendment cases. He also was nominated for an Emmy award for his work on the PBS documentary, Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory (which was based on his book by the same title).
This lecture is part of a conference, “Jimmy Carter and the ‘Year of the Evangelicals’ Reconsidered.” In 1976 Newsweek magazine borrowed a phrase from pollster George Gallup and proclaimed that year the “Year of the Evangelicals.” Both presidential candidates – Republican Gerald Ford and Democrat Jimmy Carter – claimed to be “born again” Christians, a claim made by one third of all Americans; and significant proportions of Protestants and Catholics told Gallup’s pollsters that the Bible should be taken literally, a marker of conservative evangelical Christianity. This phenomenon caught journalists by surprise, and they struggled to understand this new segment of the electorate, beginning at the top with the candidacy of Jimmy Carter. The election of 1976 brought evangelicals back into the political arena and marked their movement from the margins of intellectual and cultural life into the mainstream. Now an interdisciplinary group of international scholars will look back to that influential magazine cover story and present recent scholarship on the place of black and white evangelicals in public life – including politics and popular culture – from the election of Jimmy Carter to the election of Donald Trump.
| New Art Theatre in William Shakespeare’s The Tempest
Dana Center - (Koonz Theatre)
For over 30 years, New Art Theatre’s The Living Classics Series brings
literature to life for student and adult audiences alike. As worldwide
celebrations of the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death wind down,
what better way to honor The Bard than with his last play, The Tempest.
Shipwrecks, magic, young love, and exotic locales abound in this most
magical of plays, as well as a deeper understanding of forgiveness, that
most noble of all human traits. Talk-backs with the cast after the
performance allow students and teachers to investigate the plays’ themes
as well as the unique performance style offered by this seasoned
professional company, deepening a participatory exploration of context,
history, and archetypes that extends to other literary works.
the magic, and journey with Shakespeare’s wizard, Prospero, into a world