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President's Speaker Series

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Santa Clara Lecture Series

The Santa Clara Lecture Series is sponsored by the Bannan Institute, which is committed to examining Catholic identity and Jesuit character.

Ethics at Noon

The Markkula Center for Applied Ethics sponsors the Ethics at Noon lecture series. These lunch-hour programs provide a forum for SCU faculty members and other experts to explore ethical issues in many fields.

de Saisset Museum

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Bannan Institutes

Nov 6, 2012
4:00 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.
Learning Commons and Library, St. Clare Room
Overflow room Harrington Learning Commons, Viewing/Taping Room B

James Bennett | Scriptural Politics of the American Presidency: Religion in the 2012 Presidential Election

Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education

Despite the Constitutional prohibition of a religious test for office, religion has long played an important role in Presidential elections and the American Presidency. The 2012 Presidential election marks a new chapter in that story as the major party candidates represent a unique combination of religious affiliations in U.S. electoral history. How have those identities shaped the candidates and the election, and what are the implications for the Presidency of the winning candidate?


James B. Bennett is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Santa Clara University, where he has taught since 2002. Prior to coming to Santa Clara University he taught at the University of Oklahoma. He earned his Ph.D. in American Religious History at Yale University. He also holds degrees from Princeton Theological Seminary (M.Div.) and UCLA (B.A. English/American Studies). He is the author of Religion and the Rise of Jim Crow in New Orleans (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2005) as well as articles on American Christianity and the intersection of religion and race in the United States. He also serves as an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).

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