Mar 4, 2016

FVCC 2016 Honors Symposium Continues March 10

Nancy Wadsworth

Flathead Valley Community College’s 2016 Honors Symposium continues March 10 with “Thinking about Race and Religion (Together)” presented by Dr. Nancy Wadsworth, associate professor of political science at the University of Denver. Free and open to the public, the lecture will begin at 7 p.m. in in the large community room in FVCC’s Arts and Technology Building.

The theme of this year’s Honors Symposium is “Dividing Lines:  Why Good People are Divided by Politics, Religion, Race and Gender.” Wadsworth’s lecture is the fourth in a series of six presentations developed to examine our nation’s most divisive issues and provide new insights regarding how to foster greater cooperation among disparate groups.

Wadsworth has written extensively on the issues of race and religion and the ways in which they intersect in American politics. She co-edited the 2012 anthology “Faith and Race in American Political Life: Race, Ethnicity, and Politics” with Robin Dale Jacobson and has published articles on race, religion and the politics of sexuality in professional journals such as Religion and Politics, Political Research Quarterly and Politics and Society. Her most recent book is entitled “Ambivalent Miracles: Evangelicals and the Politics of Racial Healing” and was published by the University of Virginia Press in 2014.

The final two lectures in this year’s Honors Symposium are:

March 17:  “Divided (and Righteous) We Stand: Psychological Insights on How Group Membership and Moral Values Lead to Conflict, and What We Can Do about It” presented by Kate Johnson of the Values, Ideology, and Morality (VIM) Laboratory at the University of Southern California.

March 24:  “How the Constitution Should Unite Us on Politics, Religion, Race and Gender” presented by Dr. Leslie Griffin, William S. Boyd Professor of Law at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas.

The 2016 Honors Symposium is funded in part by the Kalispell branch of the American Association of University Women, FVCC Alumni and Ambassadors, the Theodore Chase Endowment Fund and Humanities Montana, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

For more information, visit or call Ivan Lorentzen at 756-3864.