Friday, October 21, 2011

In Nov. 1 Talk, Historian Beeman Delves into the Founders' Views on Church and State

CHESTERTOWN, MD—Acclaimed historian Richard Beeman tackles the timely topic of church and state when he delivers the third lecture in his “Inventing a Nation” series at Washington College on Tuesday, Nov. 1 at 7:30 p.m. in Decker Theatre, Gibson Center for the Arts. The talk is free and open to the public.

In “The Founders, Religion, and Separation of Church and State,” Beeman will explore the attitudes of members of the Constitutional Convention toward the role of religion in public life. He also will discuss the views of subsequent generations.

One of the nation’s top historians of the American revolutionary and early national experience, Beeman is former Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania. His Plain, Honest Men won the prestigious 2010 George Washington Book Prize. He recently joined the Washington College community as a Senior Fellow of both the C.V. Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience, and the Institute for Religion, Politics, and Culture.

On Nov. 8, Beeman will deliver the final series lecture, “Sex, Lies, and the Founders: The American Presidency, Democracy, and the Media.” For more information on the “Inventing a Nation” series, visit

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