Upcoming Lecture on Jimmy Carter

On Monday, September 26, Dr. Andrew Moore of Saint Anselm College will be presenting a lecture entitled “From Luckenbach, Texas to Plains, Georgia: Race and Politics in Jimmy Carter’s South.” The lecture, which is open to the public, will begin at 7:00 P.M. in the Labry Hall Tiered Classroom on the Cumberland University campus in Lebanon, Tennessee.

Dr. Moore is Associate Professor of History at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of the South, his master’s from the University of Tennessee, and his Ph.D. in history from the University of Florida. His research and teaching interests focus on civil rights and religion in the twentieth-century United States. He has been awarded research and teaching grants and fellowships by the New Hampshire Institute of Politics, Saint Anselm College, the Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism at the University of Notre Dame, and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.

Moore’s first book, The South’s “Tolerable Alien”: Roman Catholics in Alabama and Georgia, 1945-1970, examined the role of Catholics and the importance of religion in the post-World War II South. Noted religious historian Paul Harvey called Moore “an excellent young scholar” whose book “helps us understand the role of Catholics in the heart of the Bible Belt.”

Moore is currently completing his second book, A Prophet without Honor: A Biography of Jimmy Carter. He believes that “Carter envisioned himself as sort of a prophet for a culturally and morally bankrupt nation. His message was not as gloomy and foreboding as some critics have argued; in fact, underlying his jeremiads was a persistent spirit of optimism, hopefulness that mankind could in fact be redeemed. Carter understood more clearly than others in Washington the problems facing the nation, and he chose to address those with spiritual and psychological solutions.”

This public lecture is generously sponsored by Cumberland University’s chapter of Pi Gamma Mu, the international social science honor society, and the history faculty. For more information, contact Dr. Mark Cheathem.

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