Greensboro College’s 56th Annual Ward Lecture Will Examine Relationship Between White Evangelical Christians and Donald Trump March 21

March 4, 2019 3:15 pm
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John FeaGREENSBORO, N.C. – The chairman of the Department of History at Messiah College will examine the relationship between evangelical Christians and President Donald Trump in Greensboro College’s 56th Annual Jean Fortner Ward Lecture, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 21, in Hannah Brown Finch Memorial Chapel on campus.

The event is free and open to the public. Parking is available behind the college’s Admissions Welcome Center at the corner of West Market Street and College Place.

The speaker, Dr. John Fea, will speak on “The Evangelical Road to Donald Trump.” Drawing on research from his most recent book, “Believe Me: The Evangelical Road to Donald Trump,” Fea, who identifies as evangelical, will explain how white evangelical Christians, whose morals would appear in some ways antithetical to Trump’s, have come to align with him politically (81% of Americans in that group voted for Trump in 2016).

A question-and-answer session will follow.

Fea has written or edited six books and has published numerous articles in academic journals. He has presented at such academic gatherings as the Organization of American Historians, the Conference on Faith and History, and the Meeting of the American Society of Church History.

His teaching and scholarly interests center on early American history, American religious history, the history of religion and politics, and the place of historical thinking in a democratic society.

He holds a B.S. from Cairn University, M.A. and M.Div. degrees from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and a Ph.D. in American History from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

The Jean Fortner Ward Lecture Series was initiated in 1964 to bring outstanding speakers and lectures to the Greensboro College campus to address connections between faith and higher education. This series is made possible through the generosity of the late William S. Ward of Greensboro in honor of his wife, an alumna and former trustee of the college.

For more information about the Jean Fortner Ward lecture, please contact Jason Myers, associate professor of religion, ethics and philosophy, at 336-272-7102, ext. 5495, or email jason.myers@greensboro.edu.

Greensboro College provides a liberal arts education grounded in the traditions of the United Methodist Church and fosters the intellectual, social, and, spiritual development of all students while supporting their individual needs.

Founded in 1838 and located in downtown Greensboro, the college enrolls about 1,000 students from 29 states and territories, the District of Columbia, and seven foreign countries in its undergraduate liberal-arts program and six master’s degree programs. In addition to rigorous academics and a well-supported Honors program, the school features a 17-sport NCAA Division III athletic program and dozens of service and recreational opportunities. Learn more at greensboro.edu.

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