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March 27, 2012

Hastert Center Event: The Missionary Roots of Liberal Democracy

Robert Woodberry

The J. Dennis Hastert Center for Economics, Government and Public Policy is hosting a lecture by Robert D.Woodberry addressing "The Missionary Roots of Liberal Democracy" at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 27 in room 339 of Blanchard Hall.

Robert D. Woodberry is director of the Project on Religion and Economic Change and an assistant professor of sociology at the University of Texas at Austin. His current research uses both historical and statistical methods to analyze the long-term impact of Protestant and Catholic missions on education, civil society, economic development, and democracy around the world. This research is summarized in a forthcoming article in the American Political Science Review. As part of this project, he built a global, geo-spatial database of virtually all Protestant and Catholic missionary activity, education, and medical work from the mid-19th to mid-20th centuries.

In this free lecture, Dr. Woodberry will examine the impact of missionaries on both democracy and economic development. A reception will follow. Blanchard Hall is located at 501 College Avenue in Wheaton. For more information, call 630.752.5975.