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Paul Harvey to Speak Tuesday, Sept. 28

OBU alum Paul Harvey will speak in a series of events about American religion and politics on Tuesday, Sept. 28, on the OBU campus. The community is invited to attend.

Continuing its celebration of 100 years of excellence in academics, OBU's Department of Anthropology, History and Political Science will welcome noted alum Paul Harvey in a series of lectures on Tuesday, Sept. 28. The events are free, and the public is invited to attend.

Harvey, a 1983 OBU graduate, is a nationally recognized historian and commentator on American religion and politics. He currently serves as a professor of history at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.

He will speak on "Baptists and the American South" from 9:30-10:45 a.m. in Geiger Center room 220. The lecture will address the question of how Baptists have dealt with racial differences and other issues important in the South.

Harvey will participate in an open lunch discussion of "History, Faith, and the Academy" from Noon-1:30 p.m. in Geiger Center room 222. On campus guests may bring lunch from the cafeteria, and others are invited to bring a lunch for the discussion. The luncheon is co-sponsored by OBU's Faith and Disciplines Committee.

He will present a public lecture, titled "Moses, Jesus, and the Trickster in the Evangelical South," from 7-9 p.m. in Bailey Business Center's Tulsa Royalties Auditorium. The lecture addresses the question, "How do we explain the co-existence of the piously sacred and the violently profane in the history of the American south?" Through history, literature, music and film, this lecture explores four major archetypes of southern religious culture from the 18th century to the present: Moses, Jesus, the Trickster and Absalom. Literary figures, cultural archetypes and musical explorations have added layers of complexity to what otherwise might be seen as a solid South of evangelicalism.

Harvey graduated from OBU with the scholastic predicate summa cum laude with honors. He earned his doctorate from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1992. His major fields of study include United States history, late modern Europe and anthropology of religion.

In addition to his prestige as a historian and speaker, Harvey is the author of multiple books, including "Redeeming the South: Religious Cultures and Racial Identities Among Southern Baptists1865-1925," published by the University of North Carolina Press in 1997, and "Freedom's Coming: Religious Cultures and the Shaping of the South from the Civil War through the Civil Rights Era." He is the co-author of "Jesus in Red, White, and Black."

He maintains a blog about religion in American history which can be found by clicking here.

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