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UIS forum to examine politics and religion

March 22, 2005

SPRINGFIELD - “Politics and Religion: Global and American Perspectives” is the topic of the third annual Public Policy Summit to be held April 11 at the University of Illinois at Springfield.  Two sessions will be held, both open to the public. The luncheon session requires advance registration by April 4. The evening session is free. Those unable to attend in person can watch the presentations via live webcast at www.uis.edu/technology/uislive.html.

Pippa Norris

Pippa Norris, McGuire Lecturer in Comparative Politics, John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, will give the keynote address at the luncheon session. In a presentation titled “A World Divided – Sacred and Secular Values” she will present findings of her research based on the World Values Survey in 80 societies, covering all of the world’s major faiths.  Norris is the author of Sacred and Secular: Religion and Politics Worldwide (with Ronald Inglehart, Cambridge University Press, 2004). She has served as an expert consultant for many international bodies, including the United Nations, and has published more than 30 books in more than a dozen languages.

Richard Schuldt

Also during the luncheon session, Richard Schuldt, director of the UIS Survey Research Office, will present the findings of a current survey of Illinois public opinion on the role of moral values in public policy issues.

James Morone

The evening program will feature a presentation by James A. Morone, Professor of Political Science at Brown University, titled “Hellfire Nation: Moral Values in American Politics.”  He will explain how fears of sin and dreams of virtue influence every political issue, from the war on terror to the war on drugs and from health care to foreign policy.

Hellfire Nation: The Politics of Sin in American History is the title of Morone’s most recent book (Yale University Press, 2003), which was selected a top 10 book of the year by Christianity Today and has been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. His Democratic Wish: Popular Participation and the Limits of American Government (Basic Books, 1990) was named a notable book of 1991 by the New York Times.

The annual policy summit series is sponsored by the UIS Center for State Policy and Leadership.  To register for the luncheon session, call 206-7163 by April 4.  Advance payment ($12) is required. The luncheon will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on April 11 in the Public Affairs Center on the UIS campus.  The evening program will be held from 7:30 to 9 p.m. in the Studio Theatre in the Public Affairs Center.



    The University of Illinois at Springfield, one of three U of I campuses, is a small, public liberal arts university that offers 42 degree programs – 21 bachelor’s, 20 master’s, and the Doctorate of Public Administration. UIS has a special mission in public affairs and service and is known for extraordinary internships, a wireless campus, extensive online offerings, and a commitment to teaching.