CSU, Chico News

Author and Journalist Molly Worthen to Discuss Faith and Politics in America

Date: 10-22-2008

Kathleen McPartland
Public Affairs
Alan Gibson
Department of Political Science

Molly Worthen, a writer and journalist, will present the lecture “Jesus for President: Faith, Politics, and Why Americans Cannot Keep Them Apart” on Tuesday, Oct. 28, 7:00 p.m., in Performing Arts Center 144 on the California State University, Chico campus.

A specialist in religious studies, Worthen has written about religion for the New Republic, Christianity Today and the New York Times Magazine. Her first book, “The Man On Whom Nothing Was Lost,” is a biography of American diplomat and Yale professor Charles Hill.

Worthen graduated from Yale in 2003. She is currently pursuing a PhD in American religious history there.

“Molly is a superb speaker and one of the most brilliant and provocative young intellectuals in the country,” according to Alan Gibson, Department of Political Science. “She promises to bring down the house and to provide numerous insights into the role of religion in American society and the current Presidential race.”

Worthen will also host a brown bag presentation at noon on the same day in Sylvester’s Café (SELV 104). These events are sponsored by Pi Sigma Alpha and the political science department. Questions can be directed to Gibson at 530-898- 4952.