On Wednesday, September 18, Dr. Marie Griffith will give a lecture entitled, “Christians, Sex, and Politics: An American History.” Dr. Griffith is a U.Va. alumna, director of the John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics, and John C. Danforth Distinguished Professor in the Humanities at Washington University in St. Louis.
For more than 50 years, one of the most dramatically unifying themes for rallying conservative Christians to the American voting booth has unmistakably been sex. This talk will explore crucial episodes in this history and the religious wranglings over such issues as birth control, literary censorship, chastity, marriage, and sex education: the many topics that have set sexuality and gender squarely at the center of political conflict in the U.S.
Dr. Griffith’s lecture will be in Monroe Hall at 5:00 p.m. on September 18. This event is sponsored by The Virginia Center for the Study of Religion.