Political scholars to discuss role of religion in 2004 election

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The extent to which religion andmoral valuesactually affected the 2004 presidential election will be the focus of a roundtable discussion at2 p.m.Dec. 2 (Friday) in McKenna Hall at the University of Notre Dame.The presentation is free and open to the public.

Sponsored by the Department of Political Science, the roundtable is part of a conference, titledA Matter of Faith? Religion in the 2004 Election,which will examine such topics as the Catholicism of President Kennedy and 2004 presidential candidate Sen. John Kerry, gay marriage and how that issue affected voters, and what the role of religion means for the future of American politics.

Participants in the discussion are:

  • John C. Green, professor of political science and director of the Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics at theUniversityofAkron, and co-author ofThe Bully Pulpit: Politics of Protestant ClergyandThe Diminishing Divide: Religions Changing Role in American Politics
  • Sunshine Hillygus, assistant professor of government atHarvardUniversityand faculty fellow of HarvardsShorensteinCenterfor Press, Politics, and Public Policy
  • David E. Campbell, assistant professor of political science at Notre Dame , and an expert in American politics, political participation, religion and politics, and education policy
  • J. Matthew Wilson, an associate professor of political science at Southern Methodist University who specializes in public opinion, religion and politics, and elections

More information is available at: http://americandemocracy.nd.edu/conferences/matter_of_faith/

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