‘Politics of God’ Explored by Sanchez Speaker Lilla April 15

‘Politics of God’ Explored by Lilla
at Sanchez Lecture Series April 15

Mark Lilla
Dr. Mark Lilla

As religious passions drive world politics, some question our secular future. In the next installment of the 2009 A. R. Sanchez, Sr. Distinguished Lecture Series Dr. Mark Lilla will explore the quest to bring political life under God’s authority and why it has been revived. The lecture is scheduled for Wednesday, April 15 at 7 p.m. at the Center for the Fine and Performing Arts Recital Hall.

This event is free and open to the public.

Dr. Lilla is currently professor of the humanities at Columbia University. His work ranges widely in the history of ideas, though his central concerns have been the relations between religion and politics and the legacy of the modern Western enlightenment. Lilla’s current research focuses on the religious concepts of conversion and innocence.

His books include “G.B. Vico: The Making of an Anti-Modern” (1993) and “The Reckless Mind: Intellectuals in Politics” (2001). The most recent, “The Stillborn God: Religion, Politics, and the Modern West” (2007), was named one of the “100 Best Books of the Year” by The New York Times Book Review and one of the 150 best books of the year by Publisher’s Weekly.

Lilla holds degrees from the University of Michigan and Harvard University. He earned his Ph.D. in government from Harvard University.

Conceived by A. R. Sánchez Jr., the A. R. Sánchez, Sr. Distinguished Lecture Series has attracted national and internationally known scholars to TAMIU. Lecturers have ranged from Nobel laureates and prominent political figures to some of the most gifted world scientists, award-winning authors and artists.

For more information, contact the TAMIU College of Arts and Sciences, Office of the Dean, at 326.2460 or visit offices in the Lamar Bruni Vergara Science Center, room 301.

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