The annual Paul B. Henry Lecture brings a prominent Christian political practitioner to Calvin to speak about the interplay of religion and politics. The event is intended to inspire the college and the community to actively seek to integrate a Christian worldview with practical politics and public life. Over the past eighteen years, the lecture has featured individuals from both political parties, speakers from liberal and conservative viewpoints, scholars who have examined current political issues and questions, and prominent leaders of non-profit organizations actively working in the public policy arena.

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The 2018 Paul B. Henry Lecture will feature Melissa Rogers, former executive director of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships under President Obama. Rogers served as a special assistant for the President from 2013-2017 and has led efforts to forge consensus among diverse religious and secular groups on numerous key public policy issues. She is currently a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. Her areas of expertise include the First Amendment's religion clauses, religion in American public life, and the interplay of religion, public policy, and politics.

The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will be on the Calvin College Campus on Wednesday, February 21, 2018 at 7:30 pm in the Recital Hall of the Covenant Fine Arts Center.

 Past lectures