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Scudder Lecture Series: Donald Trump and the Death of Evangelical Christianity

September 10, 2019

“Donald Trump and the Death of Evangelical Christianity” with Dr. Randall Balmer

The Department of Religion at the University of Florida and the Bob Graham Center for Public Service, as part of the annual Scudder Lecture Series, is hosting Dr. Randall Balmer of Dartmouth College at the Pugh Hall Ocora on the campus of the University of Florida on September 10, 2019, 6 p.m. to address this issue under the title, “Donald Trump and the Death of Evangelical Christianity.”

A prize-winning historian and commentator on religion in American life, Randall Balmer holds the John Phillips Chair in Religion and is Director of the Society of Fellows at Dartmouth College.

The 2019-2020 Scudder Lecture Series is conducted in cooperation with the UF Department of Religion. The three speakers for 2019-20 are leading scholars in their respective fields, and will bring relevant and deep insight to a range of topics. Other speakers and topics scheduled include:

  • “Religion and Identity Among Second Generation New Immigrant College Students” with Haroon Moghul; and
  • “Welcoming the Stranger: Immigration and American Values” with Dr. Marie Griffith.

The series is funded by the Dr. Delton L. Scudder Endowment in Religious Studies. This fund was established in 1983 to honor Professor Delton L. Scudder with a lectureship in the Department of Religion. Delton L. Scudder was the founding chair of the UF Department of Religion. He was born Nov. 11, 1906, in East Hartford, CT. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Wesleyan College in 1927 and was appointed by the Presbyterian Mission Board to teach English at the American University in Beirut, Lebanon. He returned to the U.S. in 1931 and enrolled in the Yale Divinity School, then returned to Wesleyan University to teach after his course work was completed. Scudder earned his doctorate from Yale in 1939. In 1946, Scudder was hired by UF to create the Department of Religion. He was succeeded in the 1970s by Samuel S. Hill.

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September 10, 2019
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