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Program looks at bridging racial divide in politics, Feb. 3

The University's James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions will present a program on "Bridging the Racial Divide: Evangelical Christians in Contemporary Politics" on Thursday, Feb. 3, as part of the University’s observance of Black History Month.

The program includes a panel discussion with religious leaders at 3 p.m., followed by a keynote address at 5 p.m. titled "Racial Harmony or Racial Unrest? America's Future" by Carol Swain, professor of political science and of law at Vanderbilt University. Both sessions will take place in Taplin Auditorium, Fine Hall.

Discussants for the panel discussion will be: Eugene Rivers, pastor of the Azusa Christian Community, a Pentecostal church in Dorchester, Mass., and co-chair of the National Ten Point Leadership Foundation; and L.H. Hardwick Jr., senior pastor of the 3,500-member Christ Church in Nashville and former moderator of the Global Network of Christian Ministries. Marvin Olasky, a professor of journalism at the University of Texas-Austin and a James Madison Visiting Fellow at Princeton, will serve as moderator.

Swain, also a Madison Visiting Fellow, is the founding director of the Veritas Institute, which attempts to increase communication among people of different social classes, races, faith traditions, ethnicities and nations. She is the author of the 1994 award-winning book "Black Faces, Black Interests: The Representation of African Americans in Congress." More recently, she has written "The New White Nationalism in America: Its Challenge to Integration" (2002).

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