The public is invited to hear from a New York Times bestselling author and professor of history and gender studies at Calvin University at 7 p.m. Tuesday as part of the Religion Department’s annual Thompson Lecture at Kalamazoo College.
Kristin Kobes Du Mez will talk about her latest book, Jesus and John Wayne and the White Gospel Judgment in the Olmsted Room at Mandelle Hall. The book is an account of the past 75 years of white evangelicalism, showing how American evangelicals have worked to replace the Jesus of the Gospels with an idol of rugged masculinity and Christian nationalism. The conference will explore in more detail the recent history of evangelicalism and politics, and examine the divisions within the evangelical movement while reflecting on what this could mean for the future.
Du Mez earned a Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame and her research focuses on the intersection of gender, religion and politics. She has written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, NBC News, Religion News Service and Christianity Today. She has been interviewed on NPR, CBS and the BBC, among others.
The Paul Lamont Thompson Memorial Lecture was established through a gift from the sons and daughters-in-law of Paul Lamont and Ruth Peel Thompson. As President from 1938 to 1949, Thompson played a crucial role in K’s development during the Depression and World War II by emphasizing high academic standards and selectivity of the student body, bolstering the College’s reputation as a quality liberal arts institution. He also founded the College’s Annual Fund and Pension Plan, ensuring the financial integrity of K.
To learn more about the conference and its history, visit the Department of Religion website.