Religion and the midterm election

John C. Danforth Center on Religion & Politics to host panel discussion

The John C. Danforth Center on Religion & Politics at Washington University in St. Louis will host a panel discussion on the role religion played in the 2010 midterm elections.

The discussion, which features three prominent scholars of religion, will take place at 4 p.m. Monday, Nov. 8, in the Charles F. Knight Executive Education Center, Room 200. Tickets are required for the general public and are available through the center’s website,

Gerald L. Early, PhD, the Merle Kling Professor of Modern Letters, will serve as moderator.

Panelists are:

  • Shaun Casey, ThD, associate professor of Christian ethics at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C. Casey has served as a visiting fellow at the Center for American Progress and is author of The Making of a Catholic President;
  • Melissa Rogers, JD, director of the Wake Forest University School of Divinity Center for Religion and Public Affairs. Rogers is co-author of Religious Freedom and the Supreme Court. She is a non-resident senior fellow in governance studies at the Brookings Institution;
  • Michael Cromartie, vice president of the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, D.C. Cromartie directs the Evangelicals in Civic Life and Faith Angle Forum programs. He is a senior advisor to the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life and a senior fellow with The Trinity Forum.

The Danforth Center on Religion & Politics opened in January of this year. Directed by Wayne Fields, PhD, the Lynne Cooper Harvey Distinguished Professor of English in Arts & Sciences, the center focuses on the role of religion and politics in the United States.

For more information or to register for the center’s e-mail list, visit