"Evangelical Christianity & Electoral Politics"


(Open to Current UChicago Students Only)




Tuesday, October 19




From Jimmy Carter and the "Year of the Evangelical" to Jerry Fallwell Jr. and the emergence of Donald Trump, American evangelicals have played an outsized role relative to their population in partisan politics and in some aspects of public policy. This seminar will examine the factors motivating such political participation, along with exploring how such coalitions might broaden, deepen, or collapse in the years to come. Special attention will be given to the strange and seemingly unalterable alliance between white evangelicals and Donald Trump.


Special Guest: Professor Randall Balmer, historian of American religion & the John Phillips Chair in Religion at Dartmouth



Pritzker Fellows seminars are off the record and open to current UChicago students only. Seating in the IOP Living Room is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.



This convening is open to all students who are compliant with UChicago vaccination requirements and, because of ongoing health risks, particularly to the unvaccinated, participants are expected to adopt the risk mitigation measures (masking and social distancing, etc.) appropriate to their vaccination status as advised by public health officials or to their individual vulnerabilities as advised by a medical professional. Public convening may not be safe for all and carries a risk for contracting COVID-19, particularly for those unvaccinated. Participants will not know the vaccination status of others and should follow appropriate risk mitigation measures.



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