Published on September 23, 2013  

Samford University’s Religion Department will host its annual Holley-Hull lecture series Oct. 2-3. This year’s series, by Dartmouth College professor Randall Balmer, will focus on president Jimmy Carter, the progressive evangelical tradition he represents, and the religious right movement that emerged as a powerful political force in the 1980 presidential election. 

Balmer, Dartmouth’s Mandel Family Professor of Arts and Sciences, is a celebrated scholar, author of more than a dozen books and the author and host of an acclaimed PBS documentary based on his book Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory: A Journey into the Evangelical Subculture in America.

The free public lectures include:

Oct. 2 6:30 p.m.
He Came unto His Own: Jimmy Carter and the Tradition of Progressive Evangelicalism
Baptist Church of the Covenant, Birmingham

Oct. 3 10 a.m.
His Own Received Him Not: Jimmy Carter, the Rise of the Religious Right, and the 1980 Election
Reid Chapel, Samford University

Oct. 3 3 p.m.
The Historian's Pickaxe: Uncovering the Origins of the Religious Right
Brooks Auditorium, Brooks Hall, Samford University

The Howard L. and Martha H. Holley Lectures--New Testament Voices for a Contemporary World-- honors William E. Hull, Samford research professor and retired provost who has written widely on Christian themes.
Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Samford enrolls 5,791 students from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 16 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference and ranks 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.