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 SRU Library 'Encounters' Series to Feature Grove City College Faculty member 

 

SPOTLIGHT

10/20/2006

Contact: K.E. Schwab  -- 724-738-2199;  e-mail: karl.schwab@sru.edu

SLIPPERY ROCK UNIVERSITY LIBRARY SERIES TO FOCUS ON

‘FAITH AND THE PRESIDENCY’ AT BAILEY LIBRARY ‘ENCOUNTERS’

     SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. –  Slippery Rock University’s Bailey Library “Encounters” series will bring Gary Scott Smith, author of "Faith and the Presidency: From George Washington to George W. Bush" and history department chair at Grove City College, to campus at 3 p.m. Oct. 31 to discuss his work and provide further insights on 11 of America’s chief executives.

The public event will be held in the library’s Special Collections Room.

      Smith, who serves as coordinator of the humanities core at Grove City College, is author or editor of six previous books, and was named the 2001 Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching in Pennsylvania Professor of the Year. 

      His book, published for Oxford University Press, focuses on 11 presidents and the role religion played in their policy-making. The Oxford Web site describes the work as a series of "compelling portraits of the religious lives and presidencies of 11 chief executives for whom religion was particularly important."

      David L. Holmes, Walter G. Mason professor of religious studies at the College of William and Mary and author of  "The Faiths of the Founding Fathers," says Smith's book is: "Broad in scope, thoroughly researched, written by an author informed both in theology and in political history, this book may establish a standard for subsequent writers on the American presidency. Smith's insightful and ambitious study details the ways in which the religious faith of 11 key presidents influenced their policies and performances, and is especially arresting in its treatment of Wilson, the two Roosevelts and Kennedy. It promises to become required reading for anyone concerned with the interplay of religion and presidential policies in American history."

     George Marsden, Francis A. McAnaney professor of history at the University of Notre Dame and author of the award-winning "Jonathan A. Edwards: A Life," says of Smith's book, "In this fascinating and well-documented study, Gary Scott Smith evenhandedly recounts how religion played differing roles in a variety of leading American presidencies."

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