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Washington Post columnist to visit Dordt as First Mondays speaker

March 25, 2013

“The era of the religious right is waning,” believes Michael Gerson, a First Mondays Speaker Series lecturer slated to visit Dordt’s campus Monday, April 1. “And the younger Christian generation is searching for a new model of political engagement.”

Gerson, an opinion writer for Washington Post and former assistant for policy and strategic planning to President George W. Bush, will address possibilities for what the new model might be in his talk “Graceful Citizenship.” The presentation will be in the B.J. Haan Auditorium at 11 a.m.

At 7:30 p.m. in the Science and Technology Center Room 101, Gerson will present “Whose Responsibility is Opportunity? The Role of Government, Citizens, and Civil Society.” He will examine a Christian response to the “durable, deepening divide rooted in class” that results in a society where individuals are “betrayed by their birth.”

Gerson is the author of Heroic Conservatism and worked as senior editor covering politics for U.S. News and World Report.

The First Mondays Speaker Series brings biblically based thinkers, writers, and opinion-leaders to Dordt College. It is designed to promote Dordt’s mission through enriching academic experience to equip students, alumni, and the broader community to work effectively toward Christ-centered renewal in contemporary life.

These events are free and open to the public.

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