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Religion in a Democracy: Intruder or Guiding Light?

Story imageLecture by Mickey Edwards, Aspen Institute and Former Congressman

Location: Robertson Hall, Bowl 016

Date/Time: 12/01/09 at 4:30 pm - 12/01/09 at 6:00 pm

Mickey Edwards, former Congressman and a vice president of the Aspen Institute and director of the Institute's Aspen-Rodel Fellowships in Public Leadership program, will present a public lecture titled, "Religion and Democracy: Intruder of Guiding Light?" at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, December 1, in Bowl 016, Robertson Hall on the Princeton University campus.
Edwards served as a member of Congress for 16 years, during which time he was a senior member of the House Republican leadership as chairman of the Republican Policy Committee, a member of both the House Appropriations and Budget committees, and ranking member of the House Subcommittee on Foreign Operations. After leaving Congress, he taught government and public policy at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government for 11 and then moved to Princeton in 2004 where he taught at the Woodrow Wilson School until 2009. He has taught at Harvard Law School and as a visiting professor at Georgetown University's Public Policy Institute.

Edwards has been a regular columnist for a number of newspapers, including the Chicago Tribune, the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Examiner, and the Boston Globe, and for years broadcasted weekly political commentary on National Public Radio's "All Things Considered." His articles have also appeared frequently in The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, the San Francisco Examiner, the Miami Herald, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Boston Herald, the Tulsa World and other major newspapers, and in such publications as The National Interest, The Public Interest, and Policy Review. He is the author of two books, the co-author of a third, and he has contributed chapters to several more. His latest book is "Reclaiming Conservatism" (Oxford University Press, March 2008).

Edwards has chaired task forces on foreign policy for The Brookings Institution and the Council on Foreign Relations and is a director of several organizations in the fields of public policy and foreign affairs, including The Constitution Project. He has also been an adviser to the State Department. Edwards has degrees in both journalism and law.

This event is co-sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and the Center for the Study of Religion. It is part of the series, "Crossroads of Religion and Politics" and is free and open to the public.

Category: Public Lectures

Department: Crossroads of Religion and Politics Lecture Series