Hodges Lecture to highlight Christianity and power

Katie Bitz
News Reporter 


Students will have the chance to combine convo credit and conversation with a Pulitzer-prize nominated author this upcoming week.

Dr. Michael Lindsay will be giving a lecture in Bolding Studio at 6 p.m. on Wednesday night. The topic of the lecture will be Should Christians Seek Power? and will be aimed at students hoping to connect their faith with their future professional careers.

This lecture will be presented in a more laid back environment and give students the opportunity to ask Lindsay questions about his experience in the professional world as well as the many topics he is knowledgeable about.

Lindsay will also offer another lecture during Convo on Thursday titled Does God Care How I Vote?

This lecture will be more specifically geared towards the student population and will also present students with more practical and faith-based knowledge of the upcoming 2012 presidential elections.

Dr. Lindsay is a sociologist as well as an acclaimed author. His book, “Faith in the Halls of Power,” was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in 2007. He also currently serves as the president of Gordon College in Wenham, MA.

His lecture will be sponsored by the Frances Marlin Mann Center for Ethics and Leadership. Azalea Huber, the Program Manager for the Mann Center, hopes that students will respond to Lindsay because of his vast areas of knowledge as well as his passion for students.

“He has a relatively diverse background academically, and has focused his research in a lot of areas – politics, business, sociology – that will appeal to students from across the university,” Hubert said. “He should also appeal to students who are passionate about connecting faith with their future careers.”

Dr. Lindsay’s lecture is a part of the biannual A. Gerow Hodges Lectures in Ethics and Leadership.

Other past speakers include author and philosopher Dr. Jacob Needleman, David Ratcliffe, retired Chairman and CEO of Southern Company and Newsweek contributing editor Eleanor Clift.

The goal of the series is to provide Samford students with the opportunity to listen and talk to nationally and internationally established thought professionals in many different fields including politics, religion and academics.

Both of Dr. Lindsay’s lectures will be free of cost and convo credit will be offered.

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