VANCOUVER- WSU Vancouver invites the local community to attend an afternoon symposium on, “Faith in Politics? What Religion and Secularism Contribute to Presidential Campaigns,” 12 p.m., April 9, in the Firstenburg Student Commons building.
 
D. Michael Lindsay, sociologist at Rice University who studies leadership, religion, and culture, will be the symposium keynote speaker from 12 to 1:15 p.m.
 
His most recent book, “Faith in the Halls of Power: How Evangelicals Joined the American Elite,” was named a Best Book of the year in 2007 by Publishers Weekly and has been nominated for the nonfiction Pulitzer Prize.
 
A panel discussion on faith-based political action will be 1:30 to 2:45 p.m., featuring  Stephanie Tama-Sweet, Executive Director, Oregon Center for Christian Values; Andrea Cano, Executive Director, Oregon Farm Worker Ministries; and Jon Russell, Executive Director, Faith and Freedom Foundation.
 
The two-part afternoon symposium is designed to bring an objective, thoughtful and diverse framing of the topic for this year’s Annual Public Affairs Lecture Series — Religion in Politics.
 
The annual event is centered around evening keynote speaker Dinesh D’Souza. The academic perspective, followed by views from local community members, will encourage the audience to think critically about the topic as a whole.
 
For more information on the Annual Public Affairs Lecture Series, see http://www.vancouver.wsu.edu/dsouza.
 
The event is sponsored by the WSU Thomas S. Foley Institute for Public Policy and Public Service, the WSU Vancouver Office of Student Involvement, and the WSU Vancouver Office of the Chancellor. The Columbian newspaper is the official print media sponsor.