University of South Alabama, Office of Public Relations

January 17, 2006
Contact: Joy Washington, USA Office of Public Relations, (251) 460-6638

USA Presents 2006 Howard F. Mahan Lecture

The University of South Alabama department of history in the College of Arts and Sciences presents the sixth annual Howard F. Mahan Lecture Series featuring Dr. William Martin, Chavanne Senior Fellow for Religion and Public Policy at Rice University’s James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy.

The lecture, “Secular State, Religious People: The American Model,” will begin at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 9 in the Laidlaw Performing Arts Center Recital Hall. Admission is free and the event is open to the public.

"William Martin is widely recognized as a leading authority on the role of religion in American life,” Dr. Clarence L. Mohr, chair and professor of the department of history, noted. “His lecture should be of interest to all segments of the Mobile community.”

Martin’s field of interest is religion, criminology, and issues related to drug use and drug policy. He is the author of “A Prophet with Honor: The Billy Graham Story” and “With God on Our Side: The Rise of the Religious Right in America.” “With God on Our Side: the Rise of the Religious Right in America” is the companion volume to the 1996 PBS mini-series of the same name, of which Martin was chief consultant.

He earned his bachelor and master degrees from Abilene Christian University in Biblical Studies and his bachelor and doctoral degrees of divinity from Harvard University. He has written numerous articles for The Atlantic, Harper’s, Esquire, and Texas Monthly.

The Mahan Lecture Series was created in honor of history department founder, Howard F. Mahan, who served as chair of the history department from 1964 until 1983.

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