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Saints, Sinners and Power: The Role of Religion in a Secular Government/a lecture by James Morone

James Morone (Ph.D., University of Chicago) is professor and chair of political science at Brown University. Described as a born "color commentator" on religion, culture and American politics, Morone is widely recognized for his outstanding teaching, having been awarded the Hazeltine Citation by students in the Brown University classes of 1993, 1999, 2001, 2007 and 2008 for being the professor that most inspired them.

Morone has long been at the forefront of writing on American government, politics and culture. His first book, The Democratic Wish: Popular Participation and the Limits of American Government, was named a “notable book of 1991” by the New York Times and won the Political Science Association’s Kammerer Award for the best book on the United States. His 2003 book, Hellfire Nation: The Politics of Sin in American History, has been featured on C-span, named book of the month by the History News Network, and was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. His most recent book, The Heart of Power: Health and Politics in the Oval Office from Roosevelt to Bush (2009, co-written with David Blumenthal, M.D.), returned him to an issue that shaped much of his scholarly work and was featured on the front page of the New York Times Book Review.

Morone has written over 150 articles, essays, and book reviews and regularly comments on political issues for shows like The News Hour with Jim Lehrer, CBS, Sunday Morning with Charles Osgood, Fox News, C Span, NPR’s Market Place, Morning Edition, Science Friday and other shows. He writes regularly for The London Review of Books, The American Prospect Magazine, and The New York Times.

Morone has been president of the New England Political Science Association and the Politics and History section of the American Political Science Association. He was distinguished Fulbright lecturer to Japan in 2005, has served on the editorial board of eight scholarly journals (chairing two of them), and has testified before the U.S. Congress numerous times, most recently in January 2009 when he addressed the newly elected members of Congress on health reform. Morone is the only scholar to receive two Senior Investigator Awards from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Morone grew up in Rio de Janeiro and New York, received his bachelor's degree from Middlebury College and his doctoral degree from the University of Chicago, and continues to examine the sources and dynamics of religion, culture, and identity in American politics in three current book projects, George Washington’s Regret: Timeless Debates that Define America, In Search of American Culture, and Who Are We?.

Monday, October 29, 2012 - 4:30pm - 6:00pm