Best-selling author speaks on the intersection of religion and politics

Monday, October 27, 2008 | 3:03 p.m. CDT; updated 4:51 p.m. CDT, Monday, October 27, 2008

COLUMBIA — Columbia College is hosting Susan Jacoby, author of the New York Times bestseller "The Age of American Unreason," in a lecture at 11 a.m. Tuesday. She will speak on "Reason, Unreason and Religion: Say it Ain't So, Where Did America's Rationality Go?"

The lecture focuses on her work investigating religious fundamentalism and political power, along with the trend to accept what she calls "junk thought" that fails to separate fact from opinion. Jacoby has a political blog "The Secularist's Corner" for The Washington Post. She is also a panelist for "On Faith," a blog published by Newsweek and the Washington Post.  

Doors open at 10 a.m. Tickets are not required. The lecture will be held in Launer Auditorium, 1001 Rogers St. 

The lecture is part of the Schiffman Lecture in Religious Studies series, which has taken place annually since 2002.  The serieshosts scholars to speak on the influence of religion in politics, culture and education. Previous speakers include renowned professors, social activists and pastors from across the U.S.


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