Contemporary Issues Forum

Featured Speaker:


(Photo courtesy of 

Author and Professor, Dr. Randall Balmer

Dartmouth College 


 Here are links to interviews with Dr. Randall Balmer (and the STL Live Facebook page) from Monday, October 17, 2016 

  Dr. Randall Balmer - Part 1 of 2:

  Dr. Randall Balmer - Part 2 of 2:



St. Louis, MO – 

This year's Contemporary Issues Forum will revolve around the realm of politics. Second Presbyterian Church is lucky enough to welcome Dartmouth professor, and acclaimed author, Dr. Randall Balmer for a two-day lecture event. 

"A prize-winning historian and Emmy Award nominee, Randall Balmer earned the Ph.D. from Princeton University in 1985 and taught as Professor of American Religious History at Columbia University for twenty-seven years before becoming the Mandel Family Professor in the Arts & Sciences at Dartmouth College in 2012; two years later, he was named Dartmouth Professor in the Arts & Sciences, and in 2015 he was named to the John Phillips Chair in Religion, the oldest endowed professorship at Dartmouth. In 2014, he was named the inaugural director of the Society of Fellows at Dartmouth. He has been a visiting professor at Princeton, Yale, Northwestern, and Emory universities and in the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. He was a visiting professor at Yale Divinity School from 2004 to 2008.
Dr. Balmer has published widely in both scholarly journals and in the popular press. His op-ed articles have appeared in newspapers across the country, including the Los Angeles Times, the Des Moines Register, the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Dallas Morning News, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Hartford Courant, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, the Anchorage Daily News, and the New York Times. His work has also appeared in the New Republic, the New York Times Book ReviewChristian Century, the Nation, the Chronicle of Higher Education, and Washington Post Book World. Dr. Balmer is regularly asked to comment on religion in American life, and he has appeared frequently on network television, on NPR, and on both the Colbert Report and the Daily Show, with Jon Stewart. He has been an expert witness in several First Amendment cases, including Snyder v. Phelps and Glassroth v. Moore, the so-called Alabama Ten Commandments case.
Dr. Balmer has published more than a dozen books, including Redeemer: The Life of Jimmy Carter and The Making of Evangelicalism: From Revivalism to Politics and Beyond. His second book, Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory: A Journey into the Evangelical Subculture in America, now in its fifth edition, was made into an award-winning, three-part documentary for PBS. Dr. Balmer wrote and hosted that series as well as a two-part series on creationism and a documentary on Billy Graham. He has lectured around the country in such venues as the Commonwealth Club of California and the Chautauqua Institution and, under the auspices of the State Department, in Austria and Lebanon" (Taken from 

As part of the Second Presbyterian Church's 2016 Contemporary Issues Forum, Dr. Balmer will be giving two lectures on Oct. 17th and 18th: 

Oct. 17th - "Spiritual Values and the 2016 Election"
Oct. 18th - "The Spiritual Legacy of Jimmy Carter"

***The lectures begin both nights at 7:30 p.m.

Second Presbyterian Church is located at 4501 Westminister Place (at Taylor) in the Central West End. It is an accessible building with free and secure parking. For more information on the Contemporary Issues Forum, please call (314-367-0366). 


Sponsored by: 

-Second Presbyterian Church

- John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics
- St. Louis Univeristy: Department of Theological Studies &
Department of Political Science

- Washington University Department of Religious Studies


- UKirk St. Louis