Harvard Political Scientist to Share Survey Findings on Role of Religion in Public Life

October 24th, 2012 by 

Robert D. Putnam, Harvard professor and co-author of “American Grace: How Religion Divides Us and Unites Us” (Simon and Schuster, 2010), will give a free, public talk on Tuesday, Nov. 13 at 7:30 p.m. in Rehm Library, Smith Hall at the College of the Holy Cross.

“American Grace,” co-authored with David Campbell, is based on two of the most comprehensive surveys ever conducted on religion and public life in America. It describes a polarization that has emerged as young Americans, turned off by the linkage between faith and conservative politics, have abandoned religion entirely. It also identifies trends such as interfaith marriage, religious conversion, a growing acceptance of gay marriage, a belief that people of other faiths can get to heaven, and the view that Jews are the most widely popular religious group in America today.

Putnam is the Peter and Isabel Malkin Professor of Public Policy at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, a fellow of the British Academy, and past president of the American Political Science Association. In 2006, Putnam received the Skytte Prize, one of the world’s highest accolades for a political scientist. He has written 14 books, including the best-selling “Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community” (Simon and Schuster, 2000); “Better Together: Restoring the American Community,” co-authored with Lewis M. Feldstein (Simon and Schuster, 2003); and “Making Democracy Work: Civic Traditions in Modern Italy” with Robert Leonardi and Raffaella Y. Nanetti, (Princeton University Press, 1994).

Putnam’s talk, presented by the Rev. Michael C. McFarland, S.J. Center for Religion, Ethics and Culture, is one of the Deitchman Family Lectures on Religion and Modernity. To learn more about McFarland Center events and to find lectures online, visit www.holycross.edu/mcfarlandcenter.

Please note this lecture will not be recorded.

About the Rev. Michael C. McFarland, S.J. Center for Religion, Ethics and Culture:

Established in 2001 and housed in Smith Hall, the McFarland Center for Religion, Ethics and Culture provides resources for faculty and course development, sponsors conferences and college-wide teaching events, hosts visiting fellows, and coordinates a number of campus lecture series. Rooted in the College’s commitment to invite conversation about basic human questions, the Center welcomes persons of all faiths and seeks to foster dialogue that acknowledges and respects differences, providing a forum for intellectual exchange that is interreligious, interdisciplinary, intercultural, and international in scope.  The Center also brings members of the Holy Cross community into conversation with the Greater Worcester community, the academic community, and the wider world to examine the role of faith and inquiry in higher education and in the larger culture.

For additional information, please contact Cristal Steuer at 508-793-2419.

| More

Comments are closed.

Sort By:
11/25/15 Two-Time Super Bowl Champion Bill Curry to Join Best-Selling Author Steve Almond for Working Writers Series
11/25/15 Holy Cross Hosts Annual Tree Lighting and the Time-Honored Tradition of the Advent Festival of Lessons and Carols
11/25/15 ‘The Curse of Black Friday’
11/24/15 Holy Cross Community Celebrates Retirement of Beloved Employee
See All
See All

Featured Videos

See video
Video: The Splendor of Autumn on Mount St. James

Watch Video >
See video
Photo Gallery, Video: Campus Conversations and Discussion Connect Students with Distinguished Alumni

Watch Video >
See video
Video: Holy Cross Faculty Offer Multidisciplinary Analysis of Pope’s Encyclical on Environment

Watch Video >

What’s Happening on Campus


Men's Ice Hockey vs. Niagara University

See More >

Men's Ice Hockey vs. Niagara University

See More >

Men's Basketball vs. Harvard University

See More >

Katrina Then and Now: Artists as Witness

See More >

Holy Cross in the News


Holy Cross Accounting Program Ranks No. 3 in Massachusetts

Accounting Degree Review

The College of the Holy Cross’ accounting program ranks No. 3 in Accounting Degree Review’s “Top 10 Undergraduate Accounting Programs in Massachusetts.” According to...


‘Women in Business conference: Holy Cross alumna at Vanity Fair says degree is key to success’

Telegram & Gazette

“Earning a liberal arts degree is the smartest thing a person can do to become successful in the business world,” said Aimee Bell ’88 to the Worcester Telegram...


Economist Magazine Places Holy Cross in Top 3 Percent of ‘Best Value’ Ranking

The Economist

The College of the Holy Cross is No. 36 among 1300 public and private institutions reviewed by the Economist in its first-ever best value rankings, putting the College in the...