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Cultural Scholar to Explore Growth of Evangelicalism. Thursday, March 1, 2007

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY — Widely published cultural scholar Melani McAlister will discuss "The Global Visions of American Evangelicals" on Thursday, March 1, at 5:30 p.m., in the Villard Room in the College Center. This event is free and open to the public.

McAlister is an Associate Professor of American Studies and International Affairs at the Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, where she writes and teaches about media and popular culture, foreign policy, religion, U.S. cultural history, and globalization.

In recent years, McAlister has written about U.S. perceptions of the Middle East in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Nation, among others, as well as in interviews with CNN, BBC, Voice of America, and NPR. She has also published scholarly articles in the Journal of American History, American Quarterly, American Literary History, and the South Atlantic Quarterly, and serves on the editorial boards of American Quarterly and Diplomatic History.

McAlister is currently working on a study of Christian evangelicals, popular culture, and foreign relations, tentatively titled Our God in the World: The Global Visions of American Evangelicals. Her recent works include Epic Encounters: Culture, Media, And U.S. Interests in the Middle East Since 1945 (University of California Press, rev. ed. 2005) and "Black Islam and African American Cultural Politics" in John Giggie and Diane Winston, eds., Faith in the Market: Religion, Urban Identities, and Consumer Culture (Rutgers Univ. Press, Spring 2002).

McAlister has lectured across the United States and served as a consultant and lecturer for American Studies programs and institutes in Egypt, Lebanon, Syria, and Palestine. She has also been a fellow at the Princeton Center for the Study of Religion, and a non-resident fellow at Harvard's W.E.B. DuBois Center. McAlister earned her Ph.D. at Brown University.

The program in American Culture is sponsoring this lecture. Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations at Vassar should contact the Office of Campus Activities at (845) 437-5370.

Vassar College is a highly selective, coeducational, independent, residential, liberal arts college founded in 1861.

Posted by Office of Communications Friday, February 23, 2007