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Gary Hart to speak on religion, politics, March 6

Former U.S. senator and presidential contender Gary Hart will discuss the relationship between faith and politics in a lecture titled "God and Caesar in America" at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 6, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall.

Hart examined these issues in his 2005 book "God and Caesar in America: An Essay on Religion and Politics," in which he argued that the religious right has taken control of significant portions of the Republican Party and major policy issues.

Hart served as a Democratic senator from Colorado from 1975 to 1987 and sought the party's presidential nomination in the 1984 and 1988 campaigns. Since retiring from the senate, he has been an adviser to major U.S. corporations and an author and lecturer. He currently holds the Wirth Chair in Environmental and Community Development Policy at the University of Colorado-Denver.

A longtime member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Hart has remained an influential figure on matters of national security since leaving the senate. He co-chaired the U.S. Commission on National Security/21st Century, a bipartisan, independent commission appointed by the U.S. Department of Defense, which issued three public reports forecasting the age of terrorism and outlined a new, post-Cold War national security policy. He also co-chaired a Council on Foreign Relations task force on homeland security, which recently released a report titled "America -- Still Unprepared, Still in Danger."

Hart has written more than a dozen books, including "The Shield and the Cloak: The Security of the Commons," "The Courage of Our Convictions: A Manifesto for Democrats" and "The Fourth Power: A Grand Strategy for the United States in the 21st Century."

The event is sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and the Center for the Study of Religion as part of the "Crossroads of Religion and Politics" lecture series.

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