Belton, Texas –The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor’s Center for Baptist Studies and the College of Christian Studies are pleased to announce “Baptists and the Shaping of American Culture,” a conference to be held October 12-13 on the UMHB campus. Speakers will explore the various intersections between Baptist faith and culture with particular focus on race, gender and politics.
Keynote speakers include Dr. Wayne Flynt and Dr. James P. Byrd. Dr. Flynt, Professor Emeritus in the History Department at Auburn University, will be speaking Friday evening, October 12th, at 7:00 p.m. His lecture is entitled “Baptists and the Shaping of Modern American Politics.” Professor Flynt has written 11 books that focus largely on the historical, economic and social fabric of Alabama. Both Poor but Proud: Alabama's Poor Whites and Alabama: A History of a Deep South State, which he co-wrote, were nominated for Pulitzer Prizes.
Dr. James P. Byrd, Associate Dean for Graduate Education and Research at Vanderbilt University, is scheduled to speak on Saturday, October 13th at 11:00 a.m. Dr. Byrd’s lecture is entitled “Baptists and the Shaping of Early American Politics.” Dr. Byrd’s book, The Bible and Wartime Patriotism in Revolutionary America, will be published by Oxford University Press this fall.
The program also features Adam Bond, Virginia Union University; Alyson Dickson, Vanderbilt Divinity School; Elizabeth Flowers, Texas Christian University; Sandy Martin, University of Georgia; Melody Maxwell, East Texas Baptist; Susan Shaw, Oregon State University and Pamela Smoot, Southern Illinois University.
The program begins at 4:00 pm on Friday October 12th.